Birmingham's Hidden Gems: A 48 Hour Adventure – Mystery Guides
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Birmingham's Hidden Gems: A 48 Hour Adventure

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Day 1


Start your Mystery Guides adventure

Your mystery begins…the bottom of the steps of Victoria Square


Clues 1 - 10: Who was smuggling on the canals?

In the first half of your adventure, you'll discover Chamberlain Square, the Birmingham & Midland Institute and Main Line Canal. The city has a one-hundred-mile canal system which was once an attractive prospect for gangsters who used the waterways to supply London's black market. 


Take a Break!

A perfect pitstop is the Old Contemptibles, a pub named after a First World War unit who were labelled a ‘contemptible little army’ by Kaiser Wilhelm. 


Clues 11-16: Where did the wealthy shop?

In the second part of your adventure, you'll discover St Philip's Cathedral, Temple Row and Piccadilly Arcade. In this area you'll find an array of upmarket shops that for years catered to the city's wealthy families. One such store, was Cadbury's, which began life on a street not too far from here!


4pm (approx.)

Finish your adventure

Your mystery ends…near Temple Row West

Grab a bite to eat at the final location or explore one of Birmingham's many restaurants. 

Birmingham city centre

Stay the Night

The wonderfully historic Hotel Du Vin - Birmginham makes the perfect place to rest your head after a day of exploring. Once a Victorian eye hospital, the building has been beautifully refurbished for a relaxing break away. 


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Day 2

The Original ‘It’ Girl…

Pay a visit to The Lost & Found and wander into fictional Victorian botanist, Hettie G Watson's, hideout. Decked out in vintage antiques and serving delicious food and drinks, a perfect location to spend an evening!


What is a coffin works? 

Discover the Newman Brother's factory where for years they produced luxury coffins for the wealthiest people in the UK - even supplying for the Royal undertakers!