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BBC Birmingham Tours

BBC Broadcasting House | Level 10, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF, England
+44 370 901 1227
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Fascinating insights into how they work at the BBC

We were a group of U3A (University of the Third Age) visitors, that is we are retired. We all... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
garthandanne
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Warwick, United Kingdom
Fascinating tour

This was a brilliant behind the scenes tour with Emma. It gave us a real insight into how radio and... read more

Reviewed 7 November 2017
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Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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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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BBC Broadcasting House | Level 10, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were a group of U3A (University of the Third Age) visitors, that is we are retired. We all agreed the visit was fascinating - learning some of the secrets of the red sofa and the pictures we see behind it. We nearly all owned...More

Thank garthandanne
Carmel R, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, Thank you for taking time to review your recent visit to BBC Birmingham and how wonderful to hear that you are all long term Archers fans! I hope you enjoy listening to your radio drama and I hope we will welcome you back soon...More

Reviewed 7 November 2017 via mobile

This was a brilliant behind the scenes tour with Emma. It gave us a real insight into how radio and tv is created. Fantastic.More

Thank staffordshire1
BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your tour with Emma, I have already passed on your kind words to her and she is over the moon you enjoyed it so much. I hope we will welcome...More

Reviewed 24 October 2017 via mobile

The tour was very professional, welcoming and informative. My 9 year old loved every minute (90 minute tour). The tour guides, Emma and Alex, were great. We were included a lot and volunteered to do a short radio play. This was a lot of fun...More

Thank Brendan S
BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Hello Brendan, Thank you for taking time to review your tour at BBC Birmingham, I have passed on your lovely review to Emma and Alex who are over the moon; all of our guides are, without exception, are fantastic and always ensure that guests get...More

Reviewed 18 October 2017 via mobile

What a fabulous insight into behind the scenes at the BBC. Really knowledgeable and entertaining guides made the 1.5hrs fly by. Got up close to sets, equipment, props and some broadcasters. Really worth a visit. Went with family 11yrs to 70yrs, all enjoyed it.More

Thank nostawnitram
BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 14 November 2017

Hello and thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your time spent on one of BBC Birmingham's tours and I'm glad we appeal to big kids and little kids!! Thanks again and we look forward to welcoming you back...More

Reviewed 2 October 2017

This tour is very interesting and informative, especially as the studio produces local news and weather for my own area. The Archers studio was very interesting as this demonstrated various sound effects and gave other little known information about radio broadcasting in particular for this...More

Thank tamworthfan
BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Hello and thank you for taking time to write such a fantastic review of your tour experience here at BBC Birmingham, I will make sure Bobby and Alex read your kind words as I know it will make their day. Thanks again Carmel

Reviewed 28 September 2017

Had visited here 5 years ago and the kids were keen to go back. However there wasn't much to do and they were extremely disappointed. We couldn't do a tour because one family member was too young, and the only interactive activity on offer was...More

Thank neith2017
BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Hello Neith, Thank you for taking time to write a review of BBC Birmingham's public space area; I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed with what was on offer when you arrived but we are in the process of making a few changes...More

Reviewed 27 September 2017

Pre-booked tickets and joined the tour around the TV and radio studios. All very interesting and well presented - not too long spent in any one area, which keeps younger minds from drifting. Took part in the radio play which was fun, and emailed to...More

Thank SteveK28762
BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 5 October 2017

Hello Steve, Thank you so much for your lovely review of your tour at BBC Birmingham, it is always a real joy to read such positive things about our tours and it is always a boost for our wonderful guides who all, without exception, care...More

Reviewed 27 September 2017 via mobile

Studios, cameras, the dead room, the gallery, and much more; an incredible insight into how news, music, tv shows, etc. are broadcasted to you by BBC. A tour #MUST do with the coolest and most friendly guides ever, Alex and Bobby.More

Thank Maria K
BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Hi Maria, Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review of your visit to BBC Birmingham, I'm so glad you enjoyed your tour and I will pass on your kind words to Alex and Bobby who will be over...More

Reviewed 11 September 2017

We have been associated with the media in our early life and so a visit to the BBC at Mail Box, Birmingham was first on our list. We were enthralled by what we were shown and our two guides, Emma and Holly, stopped at nothing...More

Thank Tibblington
BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Hello Mr Tibblington, Thank you so much for taking time to write such a wonderful review of your visit to BBC Birmingham especially when you clearly already have a high level of knowledge of the industry! I will pass on your lovely review to Holly...More

Reviewed 24 August 2017

The tour started with a security check and thought this good. John and Sue took on the tour and it was very informative interesting and humourous. John and Sue definately knew how to get the info across without being boring. The highlight of the tour...More

Thank Grannypiglet
BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 October 2017

Thank you for such a lovely review of your BBC Birmingham tour. Sue and John always deliver fantastic tours and are both very passionate about everything BBC and will be really pleased to read you kind words. Thanks again Carmel

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Nancy M
14 March 2017|
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Response from BBCTours | Property representative |
Good morning Nancy, Unfortunately BBC Tours have been suspended until further notice across all sites including Birmingham. Our staff at the booking office are working really hard to contact everyone and let them know in... More
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Margaret S
13 January 2017|
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Response from BBCTours | Property representative |
Hello Margaret, thank you for taking time to contact BBC Birmingham Tours. We do recommend a minimum age of 9 for the tours as much of the content is quite adult in content and centres around programming that is, we feel... More
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Mespanish
22 April 2016|
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Hello You can book for July 2016 online if you google BBC shows and tours. We are currently taking bookings up until March 2017. If you are interested in July 2017 these bookings will be open at the beginning of... More
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