BBC Birmingham Tours and Public Space
102-108 Wharfside Street The Mailbox Birmingham B1 1RE
Ensconced within the swanky environs of the Mailbox (a welcome change after the lugubrious setting of Pebble Mill) the re-stationed BBC Birmingham now allows you a glimpse of the 'beeb' at work with regular tours. You get to see the cutting suites, radio and TV studios and the newsreaders' set – and it's not unusual for a radio presenter or newsreader to pop out and say hello. Fans of the Archers radio show have extra reason to get excited: tours often include a visit to their studio, and sometimes even present the opportunity to take part in a sketch. What's more, no two tours are alike, meaning it's always worth a re-visit.
The Owner Says
BBC BIMINGHAM'S PUBLIC SPACE: Visit BBC Birmingham’s Public Space at The Mailbox and find out about broadcasting at the BBC. Try your hand at presenting the news or weather and take a touchscreen tour of the radio drama studio where The Archers is recorded. Use our viewing windows to take a peek into studios used by the Asian Network and BBC WM; as well as the production gallery which puts the news on air. Pose for a photo with our Doctor Who exhibits and then treat yourself in the BBC Shop or use one of our PCs to connect to a whole world of BBC online content.
BBC BIRMINGHAM TOURS: Immerse yourself in the fascinating world of broadcasting on the award-winning tour of BBC Birmingham. Our team of well-informed Guides will give you a glimpse behind the scenes of our state of the art studios – home to The Archers, BBC Midlands Today and BBC WM. You’ll get an insight into production processes and tricks of the trade and there’s a chance to have fun making your own radio drama complete with sound effects!
Tours last approximately 1 ½ hours. BBC Birmingham Tours are suitable for children aged nine and over. Please note: BBC Birmingham is a working building so we cannot guarantee who or what you will see on the day of your visit.