Limageooking for a way to keep the family entertained this summer? The Big Brum Buz tour returns to the second city on Saturday 27th April and will run until Sunday 29th September, taking in some of Birmingham’s most renowned attractions

The tour boasts “chocolate, custard, cars, whistles and bangles to the best in the world for science, medicine, education, culture, sport and art” –  with some treats in store for residents and visitors a like. If you want to show family and friends the sights of the city (or check them out for yourself!) this is the perfect whistlestop tour.

It spans the whole city, showcasing all of the elements which make Birmingham a great place to live, work and visit. Harking back to Brum’s industrial heyday, the tour stops off at the jewellery quarter (which is still producing 40% of the UK’s jewellery and home to theworld’s largest Assay office, hall-marking millions of items) and the former Birds Custard Factory now a trendy media and arts production centre and venue for various events.

We also take a trip to Edgbaston Cricket ground the recently developed, home of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, often described as the best outside of Lords.

Heading south of the city centre we stop off at the leafy Birmingham University known for its iconic clock tower.

What would a tour of Birmingham be without a stop off at Cadbury World or the Bull Ring? We also take in Cardinal Newman Oratory, visit the Tolkien Trail and take a ride down broad street-so something for absolutely everyone!

If the conventional tour doesn’t tickle tour fancy there’s scores of themed tours available- you can take a tour of the city’s hidden gems, the broadcast tour to see where’s been as seen on screen, a ghost tour, various sports tours, a balti and food tour and a tour which looks at the city’s rich musical heritage. The bus is also available for private hire. Check out the website for the full list and more details.

The Tour offers a special brummie ticket for just £8, all you have to do is show proof of your address or brummie twang!  For non brummies it costs £12 for adults; £10 for concessions, £8 for students and £5 for children (5 to 15 years). A family ticket for two adults and up to three children costs £20

It picks up next to the Council House in Victoria Square where Colmore Row meets Waterloo Street at 10.30, 12.30 and 2.30 each Saturday and Sunday with the exception ofthe first Sunday of the month between May and October where a Museum Heritage bus will run instead. This costs a bargain £5 for adults and is free for children, with two different themed tours visiting Aston Hall, Soho House, the Pen Room Museum, Blakesley Hall and Sarehole Mill.

For more details visit www.birmingham-tours.co.uk

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