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BBC Birmingham Tours

BBC Broadcasting House | Level 10, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RF, England
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Great tour for all ages

6 of us booked on a tour here, not really knowing what to expect. It was fascinating seeing behind... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
665susiej
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Solihull, United Kingdom
Grat tour well worth a visit

What a great tour all 78 of us enjoyed the tour, our guides were wonderful they made us so welcome... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Rosemary945
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St Neots, 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 2 days ago

6 of us booked on a tour here, not really knowing what to expect. It was fascinating seeing behind the scenes in the radio studios, Midlands Today studio and of course The Archers studio. If you are an Archer's fan, there is lots to learn!...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago

What a great tour all 78 of us enjoyed the tour, our guides were wonderful they made us so welcome and were so very knowledgeable. It was fascinating to see how the archers were recorded super day out.

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello Rosemary, Thank you so much for writing such a lovely review of your time at BBC Birmingham (the home of the Archers)! Thanks again, Carmel

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Reviewed 5 days ago

The building looks quite small on the outside, but a lot bigger on the inside. Me and my mother went on this tour as part of my Easter Holiday and quite frankly, it is the best tour I have ever been on, the staff are...More

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hello, Thank you for taking the time to write such a glowing review of your tour at BBC Birmingham and the other activities available to the public. I am sorry you had a bit of a wait for your radio drama, usually we try to...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My brother booked our tour on line as a family treat for 5 of us (my brother, nephew, mother, step father and my self), over half term. We visited on Weds 4th April at 1:00pm. We travelled by train and were warmly welcomed by staff...More

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BBCTours, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hello Liza, Thank you so much for writing such a fantastic review of your recent visit to BBC Birmingham; Bobby and Lyndsey were so pleased to read your review, like all of our guides they are so dedicated to ensuring everyone has the best time...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My Dad and I have just had a great time on our BBC tour. Many thanks to Alex and Sue who were both extremely knowledgeable and very friendly. Such an insight into TV and radio, all I can say is.... go do the tour !!!!!!...More

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Carmel R, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello and thank you so much for writing such a fantastic review of your tour of BBC Birmingham, I have already passed on your review to Alex and Sue who were really pleased you had such a great time! Thanks again, Carmel

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

BBC at The Mailbox is a bit of a TARDIS experience in itself. From the fairly small, understated frontage, you'd never think that there is so much to see once you go in. We thoroughly enjoyed our time in the Midlands Today studio and the...More

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Carmel R, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello and thank you so much for taking time to leave such a lovely review of your time at BBC Birmingham, I have already passed on your kind words to John and Emma who are over the moon. You will receive you radio drama over...More

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Reviewed 8 March 2018

Had an excellent and very interesting couple of hours at BBC Birmingham at the Mailbox. Tour included radio ops room. radio studios including where the Archers is recorded,TV news room, TV control room all accompanied with excellent explanations form our guides Holly & John, I...More

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Carmel R, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

Hello Richard, Thank you so much for taking time to write such a positive review, I will pass on your kind word to John and Holly. Thanks again Carmel

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Reviewed 3 March 2018

Interesting tour of the BBC studios, giving an insight to the making of the news and radio programmes. Particularly enjoyed making a recording of the Archers which was great fun, especially seeing the odd things they use for sound effects on the radio. Tour guides...More

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Carmel R, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

Hello and thank you for taking time to review your recent tour of BBC Birmingham, it sounds like you had a lot of fun! I Even if you have never listened to the Archers, finding out about sometimes strange world of radio drama is really...More

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Reviewed 25 February 2018

We visited with two of our grandchildren aged 7 and 8. Only the visitor centre was open as no tours are done on Thursday. The children enjoyed the interactive displays and loved the Strictly Come Dancing display dresses. There was also a Dr Who exhibition...More

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Carmel R, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

Hi Delilah, Thank you for taking the time to leave such a lovely review of our public space at BBC Birmingham, it's sounds like you had a great time! I love the VR headsets too (: I hope you do return again for a tour,...More

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Reviewed 21 February 2018

We have just had an absolutely fantastic day in bbc Birmingham tours. It was very interesting and amazing to go into news studio and also the radio studios. The number of people who work behind the scenes is a lot more than I thought, the...More

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Carmel R, Manager at BBC Birmingham Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

Hello Margaret, Thank you for leaving such a lovely review of your time here at BBC Birmingham, I will pass on your kind words to Bobby and Sue who will be over the moon. I must try Tom's Kitchen at some point too! Thanks again...More

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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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