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Curious About...
Birmingham


Birmingham grew rapidly as a result of the industrial revolution, and there's still a lot of heavy industry in the city - but at its heart are some fabulous treasures to find. There's a charming 18th century cathedral, a resplendent 19th century Council House overlooking the vibrant Victoria Square, a Hall of Memory, an international convention centre, a vital jewellery quarter, and a Georgian Square named after the lofty church in its leafy middle. The list goes on, but let's finish by mentioning the canals, over 100 miles of them, restored and bustling with boats, people walking alongside, and people sitting and watching from the many restaurants and bars - it really is a city to explore and enjoy.

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Closest Curious Walks

    Curious About... Birmingham

  • An exploration of Birmingham's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Birmingham in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.
  • One booklet is suitable for up to 4 people, and is available to instantly download on purchase for printing at home, or we can print it for you and send it using 1st class Royal Mail.
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Curious About... Birmingham

Two walks are included in the booklet, the 2nd starts where the first finishes.

1. Cathedral to Canals - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms

From the charming 18th century cathedral explore the historic quarter of the city centre, before circling back to Victoria Square. Here the heart of the city beats with people scurrying around, or simply sitting amongst statues and fountains, surrounded by stylish buildings. Onward now, past buildings old and new, down to Gas Street Basin – long boats, people, canals, and places to eat and drink!
Children's University logoChildren's University event1.5 hoursOK



2. Canals to Jewellery Quarter - 1.1 miles / 1.75 kms

The first half of this walk explores Birmingham, a city of canals. The initial canal is bordered by lively bars, pubs & restaurants – great places to sit outside and watch the busy world go by. Next a junction of three canals, before passing Cambrian Wharf. Up now, into the Jewellery Quarter, before ending at St Paul’s Square – elegant, somewhere to sit peacefully, and lots more places to eat and drink!
Children's University logoChildren's University event1.25 hoursOK, but small diversion at one point

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The Booklet
Birmingham Booklet

Each booklet is A5 size with 16-pages, which you can download to your computer and print, or we'll send you a pre-printed copy to your nominated address.
The booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city; 2 pages describing each walk with suggestions re what to visit along the way; Walk 1 usually has 21 clues and walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are stories about important people, places and events along the way, an answers page, detailed instructions how to find a clue if you're stuck, and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.


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Downloads

Download files are typically between 3 and 6 mb. You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. Once your file is downloaded to your computer you will need to print it on normal A4 paper. The email you receive with the download link explains how best to fold the pages, to make it into an A5 booklet. Please see our FAQs page for further information.


Printed Copy

The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A postage & packing charge of £1.49 is made for 1 or 2 booklets within the UK. 3 to 6 booklets it's £1.99, and after that it's £3.99. Outside the UK it's £2.49 for 1 or 2 booklets, £4.99 for 3 to 6 booklets and £7.99 after that.

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If you are enrolled in the Children's University you can now gain hours towards your next award by completing one or more of our many Curious About walks.
Please note, for safety reasons a child should be accompanied by an adult, either parent/carer or person in loco parentis. Also, the booklets may require a degree of interpretation by an adult, as well as support and guidance.
To get your Children's University sticker:
  • Buy the download or booklet (which will contain two walks).
  • Complete one or both walks in your own time.
  • Complete the Returns Form below and send it to us:
    Complete one form for each location (eg Birmingham).
    Let us know one interesting fact you discovered along the route of each walk (this provides proof that you did it).
  • We will then send you an email with your sticker, which you can print, cut out and stick in your passport. Hours awarded will equal those shown against each walk.
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What People are Saying!

"Very pleased with this booklet - lots of ideas and info and was received today too! Super service. Many thanks."

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