Have a Historic Nose Around Birmingham With Be A Local Tourist Week

By Roslyn Tappenden Published: 24 February 2005

Shows a photograph of the Old Grammar School. It is a timber framed building. A tall church spire can be seen in the background.

The Old Grammar School achieved national fame when it won the second BBC2 Restoration series. © James Maskrey.

Birmingham residents are being offered a unique opportunity to take a look inside some of the city’s best-loved historic buildings and museums completely free of charge.

Be a Local Tourist week runs from March 4 – 13 when Brummies can use special vouchers to obtain discounts and, in some cases, free entry to some of the city’s most popular attractions.

Back to Backs, the National Trust’s newly restored site on Inge Street, is offering free entry to children all week, while Thinktank, Cadbury World and the Pen Room in the Jewellery Quarter are also offering special discounts to visitors.

shows a photograph of the back courtyard of a back to back house. There is washing hung on a line and various implements such as a wash board and barrel, bike and other period household implements.

The 1930s courtyard at the Back to Backs. © NTPL/Dennis Gilbert.

"This initiative highlights the strength of tourism in Birmingham and our success in regenerating non-traditional areas as visitor destinations," said Birmingham City Council's Cllr Ken Hardeman, Cabinet Member for Regeneration.

Perhaps the most exciting opportunity is the chance to look around the Old Grammar School and Saracen’s Head in the medieval village of Kings Norton. The Old Grammar School on the village green was the winner of BBC2’s Restoration series and guided tours of the 15th century buildings are being offered for the first time.

Shows a magnified image of a strand of hair, upon which the Thinktank logo is printed.

If your interest lies in the very latest science and technology, Thinktank's your place. Courtesy Thinktank.

The voucher booklet, available from Birmingham City Council, also gives details of special deals at Jewellery Quarter retailers and Balti restaurants.

Cllr Hardeman added: "I would urge local people to take advantage of these offers to visit our many attractions, and find out why our city is becoming a magnet for tourists."

The special voucher booklets are available to all Birmingham residents by calling 0121 202 5099, emailing tourism@birmingham.gov.uk, or by visiting any local library or tourism centre.

Roslyn Tappenden is the 24 Hour Museum Renaissance Student Writer in the West Midlands region. Renaissance is the groundbreaking initiative to transform England's regional museums, led by MLA, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

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