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BBC Birmingham Tours

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Address: BBC Broadcasting House | Level 10, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF, England
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+44 370 901 1227
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Visit BBC Birmingham's state-of-the-art studios: home of The Archers,...

Visit BBC Birmingham's state-of-the-art studios: home of The Archers, Midlands Today and BBC WM. Take a peek behind the scenes and then join in some interactive fun as you create your own radio drama complete with sound effects and music! BBC Tour guides give a fascinating insight into the many programmes originating from BBC Birmingham and tell the inside story of what it takes to get them from script to screen. They are also on hand to answer any burning questions relating to technical wizardry, famous faces that have visited the building or even where Nick Owen gets his jokes! This is your invitation to gain access to the rarely-seen world behind the famous TV and radio programmes that are broadcast and produced from BBC Birmingham. BBC Birmingham is a working building so no two tours are the same, but they will always be informative, interesting and entertaining. In 2010 the tours won the Best Tourism Experience in the Heart of England. Ticket prices range from £7 - £9.25 and tours last up to one-and-a-half hours. Tours regularly take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the day (with some tours in the evening). Please see website for further details. The building is wheelchair accessible. All children under 16 years old must be accompanied by an adult.

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Wicked! (Good wicked)

The tour was led by Holly and another lady who I am unfortunately struggling to remember the name of, but both women were incredibly friendly and engaging. The tour was much more... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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Stamford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The tour was led by Holly and another lady who I am unfortunately struggling to remember the name of, but both women were incredibly friendly and engaging. The tour was much more informative and fun than anticipated! My peers and I had the opportunity to be on TV and also record our own radio drama, which was kindly emailed to... More 

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review following your visit to BBC Birmingham Tours, I am so glad you enjoyed your tour so much and that it exceeded your expectations. I will pass on your comments to Holly and Emma who will be over the moon to read your very kind words. Thanks... More 

Fareham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were shown round by Sue and John, and were lucky to be in a small group. Having been on the listening/watching end of the BBC for rather a lot of years, it was fascinating to see the working environment where the magic comes from. Some things were much as you'd expect (loads of computer screens) but others, like the... More 

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Luton, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 26 February 2017

Our tour was at 13.00 & Sue & Bobby were our guides. We went through to the news studio first, then the gallery - I won't spoil the rest but each bit was very interesting. We didn't get to make a play or take part in the CBBC Copycats as stated on the website so that was disappointing.. Tour took... More 

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you for taking time to review BBC Birmingham Tours I will pass on your lovely comments to Bobby & Sue. I'm sorry you didn't have the opportunity to take part in Copy Cats, our guides do their very best to accommodate everyone on their tours and try to tailor them on the day depending on the age or... More 

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Reviewed 21 February 2017 via mobile

If you don't have the money or the time , I recommend a visit of the visitor center. No need to book, just show up. It is free! There you can experience virtual reality, record yourself presenting the news or the weather and see some media accessories. Pretty cool for kids!

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Hello Caroline, Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review regarding your experience of BBC Birmingham, we really appreciate it. Kind regards Carmel More 

Tamworth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 25 January 2017

I took my parents as a belated 80th and early 80th birthday experience for them. The information I was sent regarding how to get there was fantastic and on our arrival we were met by a Security Officer who directed us to the waiting area which was very pleasant and comfortable. Straight away you see things in the foyer which... More 

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Hello Lisa, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review of BBC Birmingham Tours, I have already passed on you review to Emma & Bobby who were both over the moon with your kind words. Regards Carmel More 

Retford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 23 January 2017

We went on the BBC Birmingham tour 21/1/2017 and it was well worth the trip. We were taken around by our guides Sue and Kate both nice ladies. We saw the news room and media rooms but the highlight for us was the Archers set my partner is a huge fan! and we both really enjoyed it. We were able... More 

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Hello Gill, We really appreciate your lovely feedback regarding BBC Birmingham Tours, it sounds like you had a fantastic visit; I'll make sure I pass on your kind words to Sue & Katie they will be over the moon. Thanks again Carmel More 

Coventry, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Cracking tour. My older teenagers really enjoyed it, so I really recommend it for them ( not so sure about younger teens, but the tour booking info says this when booking too) It's easy to get to, just a walk from New Street Station. Lasted about 1.45 mins with Holly and Rachel. They were fantastically informative jolly tour guides who... More 

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Happy New Year Polly! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review about your experience on one of our BBC Birmingham Tours; I will pass on your comments to Holly and Rachel who will be really happy you enjoyed their tour so much. Glad to hear also that we may have another Archers convert!... More 

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Reviewed 20 December 2016

We had a great time. Sue and Katie made us very welcome, we had the chance to visit the Archers studio - including seeing where NIgel fell off the roof - and there was a very special treat which I won't spoil for others. The Midlands Today studio proved to be a suprising place, we were let into the secret... More 

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Happy New Year John! Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review; I will certainly pass on your comments on to Sue And Katie who I know will be really happy that you had such a positive experience. Thanks again Carmel More 

Solihull, England, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Well done to Emma and Bobby for their fun and informative behind the scenes tour today... Loved every minute of it. I will not underestimate the role of a TV presenter again!

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Lichfield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 11 December 2016

Although we didn't take an official tour we looked around the exhibits and through the glass into the studios ... Daleks and other space travellers, a time machine, some sparkly strictly dresses, the Archers and the chance to present the weather All under the watchful eyes of the peaky blinders with our informative guide Holly

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this review

Hello and Happy New Year! Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review; I will make sure I pass on your kind words to Holly who I know will be really pleased you had such a positive experience when you visited. Thanks again Carmel More 

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