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Unique hard hat tour inside Birmingham’s oldest catacombs, learn about how they were built and see the interior architecture.
The Catacombs in Key Hill Cemetery are the oldest in Birmingham and are a unique architectural structure which became the final resting place for many Birmingham families. The exterior of the catacombs underwent repairs in 2019-2020 and now some additional works are being carried out on the interior, so this is your chance to have a peak inside as part of a unique hard hat tour. Learn about how the catacombs were built, view the interior architecture and memorials, and get a chance to see inside some of the unused catacombs. No human remains or coffins will be visible on this tour.
Lighting levels are low in the catacombs so in addition to hard hats and hi vis vests, LED lanterns will be issued to all participants. Although work has begun to improve the flooring, we still advise wearing sturdy footwear due to uneven surfaces. Face coverings are also strongly advised because the air can be dusty (we will have disposable masks available). This tour is not accessible for wheelchair users, but we hope this will change in the future.
Numbers are limited and booking is essential in order to ensure social distancing can be observed.
Tours last 45 mins and start at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm