Brum Tours will take you on an exciting journey of discovery. Here you’ll hear about the City of a Thousand Trades and the origins of the Jewellery Quarter.
Starting at the Rose Villa Tavern, Professor Carl Chinn take will tell you about the development of the City of a 1000 trades for about an hour and then take you on a guided history tour of this influential location. This will last for just over an hour and during it you will learn about the origins of the Chamberlain Clock, famed manufacturers and the gallant war-hero Thomas Graham in a place that was even the site of one of the biggest and most important political meetings in the history of English democracy.
Professor Chinn will take you back to time of tremendous hardship, yet show how poor people strove to get by with dignity and he’ll tell you about interesting folk, like the family who supplied silverware to the rich and the woman who wrote about her experiences of growing up in poverty locally.
The evening will finish with a slap-up meal at about 9.15, after which Professor Chinn will take questions and chat about everything you’ve learned.
Please note that there is no disabled access at the Rose Villa Tavern and the venue is an upstairs room reached by stairs.
Tour conducted by Carl Chinn:
Walk around the World famous Jewellery Quarter.
Speciality ale in the Rose Villa Tavern (non alcoholic option also available).
Sausage & Mash dinner in the Rose Villa Tavern.
Q&A with Carl Chinn.
Chance to purchase books written by Carl Chinn along with other merchandise.
Q: What Time Does The Tour Begin?
A: All guests should arrive by 6:45pm for a 7:00pm start.
Q: What Time Does The Tour End?
A: This very much depends on the number of questions that are asked. We aim to finish between 10.15 and 10.30 but this can be later. Should you wish to leave to catch trains, buses then please feel free to leave at your convenience.
Q: Is my registration/ticket transferable?
A: Tickets are non refundable and non transferable. This is because we are a business and have costs that need to be paid regardless of “no shows”. We understand that this can cause upset but we hope you understand.
Q:What is on the menu?
A: On our Dinner, Drink and Tour option, the meal is sausage and mash. Should you require a vegetarian option, we will be pleased to offer this; whilst we are also pleased to cater for vegans and those with specific dietary requirements. However it is essential that you should inform us within 7 days of the event if you would like anything other than sausage and mash in order for us to notify the kitchen. We would advise those booking for groups to ensure that they order the correct meal for everyone in their party.
Failure to inform us of any meal alternatives to sausage and mash 7 days prior to your tour will incur a supplement to pay on the night of between £5.00 and £10.00.
Q: Is this tour wheelchair friendly?
A: As this tour begins on the first floor of a victorian pub without lift access, we suggest speaking to our tour team prior to booking
Q: How much walking is there?
A: Around 45 mins to 1 hour of walking.
Q: Is there parking nearby?
A: There is street parking around the area and car parks in the close proximity.