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Experience Birmingham - The Historic Highlights

4.8 (17)
Birmingham, US
4.8 (17)
Birmingham, US
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Discover the rich history of Birmingham, Alabama, on a guided tour that takes you through the city’s most iconic landmarks. Visit Arlington House, our only remaining plantation house in the city limits. The Alabama Theatre, a beautifully restored 1927 movie palace, and the Lyric Theater and learn about its role in the city’s cultural history. Explore the Civil Rights District, where pivotal events of the Civil Rights Movement took place, including the 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingraham Park. Finally, marvel at the beautiful architecture of the Vulcan Park and Museum, home to the world’s largest cast iron statue. This 3 – 4 hour tour gives the best overview of the history of the Magic City.

About this experience

  • Free Cancellation For a full refund cancel at least before the start of your booking
  • Admission Included
  • 3 hours - 4 hours
  • Suitable for 1-5 Participants
  • Small Group Tour, Private Tour
  • Guided Experience
  • Discover the rich history of Birmingham
  • Visit iconic landmarks of the city
  • Explore the Civil Rights District
  • Marvel at the beautiful architecture of Vulcan Park
  • Learn about the city's cultural history
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Bottled water
  • All fees and taxes
  • Snacks

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Introduction

Experience Birmingham - The Historic Highlights invites you to embark on a captivating journey through the rich history of Alabama's cultural gem. This guided tour takes you on a fascinating exploration of Birmingham's iconic landmarks, revealing the city's intriguing past. Discover the stories behind significant sites such as Arlington House, the Alabama Theatre, and the Lyric Theater. Immerse yourself in the legacy of the Civil Rights Movement as you visit the historic 16th Street Baptist Church and Kelly Ingraham Park. And be awe-struck by the architectural marvel that is Vulcan Park and Museum, home to the world's largest cast iron statue. This 3-4 hour tour promises to provide you with an unforgettable overview of the history of the Magic City.

What to expect?

During this tour, you can anticipate a comprehensive exploration of Birmingham’s most significant historic sites. With a duration of 180 to 240 minutes, the itinerary promises ample time to truly immerse yourself in the city’s past. From the Heaviest Corner on Earth, where you'll witness the convergence of architectural grandeur, to the best-preserved Victorian district with its gaslights and cobblestones, each stop unveils a different facet of Birmingham’s history. Delve into the city's burgeoning food scene and visit intriguing artworks that provoke thought and conversation. Be amazed by the largest cast iron statue in the world while enjoying panoramic views of the city. Finally, witness the landmark landmarks of the Civil Rights Movement, commemorating the struggles and triumphs that shaped Birmingham in the 1960s and continue to influence it today.

Who is this for?

Experience Birmingham - The Historic Highlights is designed for both history enthusiasts and curious travelers seeking a deeper understanding of Birmingham's unique heritage. Whether you're a local or a visitor, this tour offers invaluable insights into the city's past, making it a must-do for anyone looking to connect with the heart and soul of Birmingham. History buffs will appreciate the in-depth exploration of significant cultural landmarks, while those interested in civil rights history will find this tour particularly enlightening. This experience is suitable for all ages, making it a great outing for families, friends, or solo adventurers. Embrace this opportunity to gain a comprehensive overview of Birmingham's history, and uncover the stories that have shaped this remarkable city.

Why book this?

Experience Birmingham - The Historic Highlights stands out as a unique opportunity to delve into the captivating tales of Alabama's Magic City. Immerse yourself in the city's history as an experienced traveler who knows all the insights of destinations worldwide. This tour takes you to the most iconic landmarks and offers an engaging narrative that breathes life into each site. With a 25-year-old female content writer's voice, the tour description captivates your imagination, weaving a story that compels you to book this experience. Embark on this adventure to have a deeper understanding of Birmingham's cultural tapestry, gain a fresh perspective on the Civil Rights Movement, and admire the stunning architectural heritage of the city. This journey through Birmingham's past promises to leave you enriched and inspired.

Good to know

As you plan to embark on Experience Birmingham - The Historic Highlights, keep in mind that while the tour visits several significant locations, it does not include the interior of the 16th Street Baptist Church or The Alabama and Lyric Theaters. The tour duration ranges from 3 to 4 hours, providing ample time to explore each landmark and absorb its historical significance. Conveniently located meeting points at 219 20th Street North, Birmingham, AL 35206, offer easy access for participants. For daytime tours, the recommended parking area is the parking deck on 2nd Avenue North, just around the corner from the meeting point. Prepare to be captivated by the city's vibrant history and ensure your camera is ready to capture the awe-inspiring architecture and poignant monuments along the way.

Reviews

Customers who have experienced the captivating journey of Experience Birmingham - The Historic Highlights have expressed their satisfaction with the tour. Feedback indicates that the guided exploration of Birmingham's historic landmarks truly brought the city's history to life. Visitors were particularly moved by the inclusion of sites connected to the Civil Rights Movement, allowing for a deeper understanding and appreciation of the struggles faced by the city in the past. Travelers were also impressed by the knowledgeable and engaging tour guides, who enriched the experience with their in-depth insights and captivating storytelling. The tour was praised for its well-designed itinerary and the opportunity it provided to see Birmingham through the lens of its remarkable heritage. Overall, visitors felt that the tour exceeded their expectations and left them with a newfound appreciation for this remarkable city.

How long before the event do I need to book?

  • You can book at any time before the event

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Is an adult required for the booking?

  • At least one adult or senior required per booking

Your Itinerary

Heaviest Corner on Earth

The Heaviest Corner on Earth is a promotional name given to the corner of 20th Street and 1st Avenue North in Birmingham, Alabama, United States, in the early 20th century. The name reflected the nearly simultaneous appearance of four of the tallest buildings in the South, the 10-story Woodward Building (1902), 16-story Brown Marx Building (1906), 16-story Empire Building (1909), and the 21-story American Trust and Savings Bank Building (1912).

Alabama Peanut Company

We will stop by the best preserved Victorian District in the city and grab a bag of peanuts roasted in a building that has it's own mysterious history.

Five Points South

(Pass by)

We pass through this ever evolving area (and the center of Birmingham's Foodie revolution) and discuss how our city is becoming a MAJOR food destination

5 Points South Fountain - The Storyteller by Frank Fleming

(Pass by)

This is an intriguing (and controversial) artwork

Vulcan Park and Museum

We will see the largest Cast Iron statue in the world, get a great view of the city and learn about the moon that never sets

Admission Included

Arlington Antebellum Home and Gardens

Our only remaining Southern Plantation House

Admission Included

Rickwood Field Park

(Pass by)

The Oldest Ballpark in America - home to both White and Negro League teams and site of several movie locations Currently undergoing renovations for a major League game in 2024 and closed to visitors

Civil Rights District

(Pass by)

This area is the center of the Civil Rights Struggle that defined Birmingham in the 60's (and continues to do so even today)

16th Street Baptist Church

The very moving site of the bombing that slaughtered 4 children and cemented the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Admission Included

Reviews

(17)

4.8 (17)

Jane_C

The most memorable parts of my tour with David were the 16th Street Church and Kelly Ingram Park… along with the Negro League Player’s museum! David was a wealth of knowledge about the history of Birmingham. I learned so much!

Kevin_M

David was our guide and was very knowledgeable. We loved everything he took us to. The individual attention was worth the $$$$. My suggestions for improvement: prior to leaving, poll the group to prioritize sights and ask about the need for a lunch break. The car was dirty with pet hair and a bit smelly. Not good for someone with pet allergies. He was very generous with his time! We started a bit early and went well over the ending time. I’d would take the tour again.

Allison_S

The guide was friendly, knowledgeable, flexible, and hospitable. This was an overall enjoyable experience. It was worth the value fiscally paid.

marysH1934OA

Thoroughly fun and professional with limitless amounts of insights. Really maximized my short stay in the city to become knowledgeable of all is highlights. Enjoyed every minute of it.

Liz_P

Fun and flexible. Saw a lot did a lot. Great day. I bet their haunted tour is fun. Next time. The guide new a lot and I never felt rushed at the sites. Would recommend.

Cindy_P

I highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting Birmingham! You get to see a little bit of everything. I have done a few tours of Birmingham before and this tour took me to several locations I have not seen before.

Freedom13682658146

It was a very personalized tour. My guide was very knowledgeable and had all sorts of information about each area we saw. It was done leisurely with time to sit and talk as we enjoyed a soda at the peanut store. The mansion was very beautiful. We also toured the garden and even tasted a fresh fig right off the plant.

cvn71rn

My wife and I were visiting from Tampa Bay and this was our first time to Birmingham. The owner, Wolfgang, met us upon arrival…very friendly and helpful. David was our guide. He was very helpful, informative and professional…and a good driver! Make sure he takes you to a most unique watering hole, The Garage Cafe.

willh741

David was our tour guide today. We couldn't be happier with our tour. It was an entertaining,intimate,informative tour of Birmingham! David was sensitive to our interests and questions and implemented a unique tour tailored for us. It was one of the best tours we have had in numerous cities. We highly recommend!

872virginiab

My husband and I enjoyed this tour with Wolfgang. He is very knowlegable about the history and entertaining with it . He if flexible and willing to alter the stated itinerary to accommodate the preferences of the group. He will take up to 5 people in his van so it is a small group. I would recommend this tour.
Collected by Evendo, Tripadvisor & Viator
2024-05-30 00:55