Birmingham Tours Tolkien Hobbit Bus Tour







To celebrate MIDDLE EARTH WEEKEND we will be running a guided tour on the Big Brum Open Top Buz. Our `unexpected journey' will highlight the area around Sarehole Mill which is said to have been the model for `The Shire' the home of the hobbits and Moseley Bog which is recalled in Tolkien's description of the `Old Forest' last of the primeval wild woods where `Tom Bombadil' lived. The route will take us past his home in Moseley where he could take a tram to King Edward's School in the centre of the city and progresses to St Anne's Church where the family worshipped when Tolkien's mother became a Catholic. The trail continues on to the Oratory - the foremost Catholic Church in Birmingham, home to Cardinal Newman and passes a number of houses in the Ladywood area where Tolkien lived - the one in Highfield Road being identified by a blue plaque. Living in this area it is possible to see that the Two Towers - Perrotts Folly and the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower would be the basis of the `Two Towers of Gondor' - Minas Morgul and Minas Tirith. Your guide will bring alive the background which led to the creation of these original fantasy novels.

Date: Sunday 11th May 2014

Time: 2.30 pm

Meeting Point: End of Colmore Row/corner of Waterloo Street, Victoria Square next to the Council House.

Cost: 10.00 per person.

Tickets must be booked in advance through Birmingham Tours on 0121 427 2555/078051 15998 or email We reserve the right to cancel if minimum numbers are not reached.

Link this tour with a visit to Sarehole Mill or Birmingham Oratory.

Try a glass of Pimms or bubbly on the bus and finish with a gorgeous fish and chip supper or curry at your venue. To add an extra special dimension try your quiz for the evening - the Big Brum Buz and So you think you know Birmingham Challenge Quiz. Alternatively, chose from one of the many fabulous restaurants throughout the city and link it with a visit to a museum, attraction, sporting venue, heritage site, art gallery, ballet, theatre, concert or cinema.

The Birmingham Tours Tolkien Bus Tour is bookable all year round on a private basis. To discuss your requirements in more detail please contact Sue at Birmingham Tours on 0121 427 2555/078051 15998 or email


Themed bus tours on the Big Brum Open Top Buz, covered double decker or your own coach by arrangement at any time of the year.

* Big Brum Open Top Buz Sightseeing Tour
* Birmingham Tours Educational School Bus Tour
* Tolkien/Hobbit Bus Tour
* Music Rocks Bus Tour - rhythms of the city

* Balti & food Bonanza Bus Tour
* Brewery Bus Tour
* Industrial Revolution Bus Tour - genius Matthew Boulton & the Industrial Revolution
* Factory Bus Tour
* Christmas Lights Bus Tour
* Birmingham Ghost Bus Tour
* Black Country Ghost Bus Tour
* Tennis Bus Tour - a tennis twist in the tale!
* Sport Special Bus Tour
* Broadcasts Bus Tour - your favourite shows including the Archers, Brum, Hustle, Survivors and Doctors
* Cardinal Newman Celebration Bus Tour
* Pugin Extravaganza Bus Tour
* Hidden Gems of the City Bus Tour
* Birmingham Tours Royal Bus Tour

Tours tailored to your organisation or school group requirements - (minimum numbers or minimum charge applies) - contact Birmingham Tours on 0121 427 2555, 078051 15998, email

Tickets for any fixed date themed bus tours must be booked in advance through Birmingham Tours on 0121 427 2555/078051 15998, email


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