Birmingham - Death, Burial and Mourning in Victorian Birmingham

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Death, Burial and Mourning in Victorian Birmingham

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(43 reviews)
Jewellery Quarter, Cemeteries, Birmingham, United Kingdom
45 mins

About the tour

On this tour we will be exploring two of Birmingham's best known and most atmospheric cemeteries, which are among only a handful in the UK to have catacombs. Created to cope with a rapidly growing population combined with high mortality rates, the cemeteries were the final resting place of rich and poor alike. As well as discovering where some of the city's most prominent and influential citizens were laid to rest, you will learn much more about Victorian attitudes to death and mourning, and find out where some of the traditions we still observe today have their origins. This is a chance to see a very different side of Birmingham, with fascinating stories of people, events and customs that will bring Victorian England to life.

Meet Ian


Hello and thanks for visiting. I’m Ian, a professionally qualified guide. I hold the Blue Badge, which is the UK’s highest tour guiding qualification and have many years’ experience guiding in both English and German. My passion is sharing places and stories with people from around the world, and helping them discover more about this country and particularly the Midlands, where I have lived for almost all my life. I have a friendly and informal style and always aim to bring history to life with anecdotes about people and events rather than just dry facts. I love the sense of community with Heygo and enjoy seeing the same people joining multiple tours. On all of my tours you can expect information, humour and friendly conversation. I want you to sit back, relax and enjoy the experience as you take a walk with your new friend in England. Wherever in the world you are from, I look forward to giving you the warmest of British welcomes.

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Birmingham with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Birmingham. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Margaret F.

19 September 2021

Ian gives such interesting and engaging tours. I never get tired of traveling with him.

Linda R.

19 September 2021

Great tour with lots of information, thank Ian

Jan (West Berkshire UK) B.

19 September 2021

Ian is very knowledgeable about his area and its history - very interesting

Carol S.

19 September 2021

Interesting and learned some new things, as usual with Ian. Rated good instead of excellent only because of audio/video problems


19 September 2021

Ian is just so knowledgeable! He really keeps his audience engaged and interested!

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