Exploring the Jewellery Quarter
Join a guided tour of the Quarter in the morning, followed by a leisurely lunch at the Hive, finishing off with a visit to the Coffin Works.
Learn about the history of The Coffin Works and development of The Jewellery Quarter. Why did this area go from a being a country estate to an industrial wonderland?
The Coffin Works opened in 1894 following unprecedented population growth in Birmingham from the early 18th Century. During this time it was variously called the “First Manufacturing Town in the World”, “The Toyshop of Europe” and “The Best Governed City in the World”. During the day we will: explore some of the events and people that led to these descriptions; scratch the surface of why the Jewellery Quarter developed and finally discover the extraordinary history of Newman Brothers at the Coffin Works.
Itinerary of the day:
11am – Meet at Coffin Works for 1 ½ Walk around the Jewellery Quarter with commentary and timeline tracing its development from 1746 to Its height at the turn of the 20th Century
12.45pm – Lunch break. Add lunch at The Hive Cafe and Bakery for £6.50. Lunch includes homemade soup of the day, bread and a drink. The Hive is located in the newly renovated New Standard Works building and includes a Heritage Centre which is free to explore. Food for the cafe is grown in their rooftop micro-farm.
2pm – Tour of the Coffin Works
3.15pm – End of Tour
Date & Time
Friday 13 Sept and Friday 20 Sept | 11am – 3.15pm
13-15 Fleet Street, Jewellery Quarter, B3 1JP
£20 or £26.50 with lunch
Booking required. Book here
There is on street pay and display parking on Fleet Street, with 2 disabled bays close to the museum. The Coffin Works museum and Hive café are both fully wheelchair accessible and have accessible toilets.
The walking tour route may include some uneven surfaces. If you have any concerns, please contact the museum to discuss.