Treasure Hunt Birmingham

Have fun and see Birmingham a different way

You’re going to Birmingham and you want to have some fun. There are loads of nice parts, it's just tricky to join them all up.

It’s no fun wandering aimlessly. Feeling like you’re missing the cool areas or the lesser known sites. You don’t want to spend all your time looking at your phone, not actually seeing anything. With your other half getting bored and hungry.

What about planning your own route and hoping for the best? Sounds like a lot of work trawling blog posts and reading reviews. And you’ll probably miss the hidden gems as all the blogs just list the same attractions.

Will you find a nice route to walk, or will you bump into the six lane motorway passing through the city?

You know Birmingham’s got some great areas like the canalside and the jewellery quarter, and centuries of industrial history. It’s just a question of having fun seeing it all.

Treasure Hunt Birmingham

Solve cryptic clues and follow treasure maps.

A dotted path where X marks the spot
Colourful Barges on the Birmingham Canal Old Line

Take a carefully designed walking route around Birmingham. You'll see the fab Centenary square, the peaceful canalside, the Georgian jewellery quarter and the grand business district.

See the main sights like St Paul's Square. Spot things other people don't notice like the twisted and broken railing, damaged from a WWII bomb.

Learn interesting facts like how the School of Art came to be.

A group of friends looking for a clue from a bridge

Go at your own pace. Pop into cafes or pubs along the route. There's no rush.

Play in your own bubble. It's private and self-guided so you can avoid other people.

A dotted path where X marks the spot

Treasure Hunt Birmingham will take you on a fab route around the city, spotting clues and following treasure maps, all at your own pace.

A group of friends exploring tourist attractions by playing Treasure Hunt Liverpool

Great way to spend a few hours in Birmingham”

Good fun, we really enjoyed ourselves. Solving the clues was interesting and I think there's a good mix to suit all ages. A different and fun way to see the city, it included some nice stops.

Munira C, Tripadvisor

New way of seeing Brum”

Fab!! Even if you know Birmingham you will see it on a completely different way! Will be doing more!

Keziaa J, Tripadvisor

It works like WhatsApp,
so it’s easy to use

You don’t need to download or print anything and it doesn’t need any permissions.

Plus, you get to start when you want.

1. Follow maps 🧭

Bess sends you a series of treasure maps, leading you around the city.

The clues and maps are a lot of fun.
This is a great way to see the city!”

Captain Bess Now for a change of scene, let's head down by the river...

2. Search for answers 🔎

Bess sends you a series of clues and you have to search the city for answers.

Good banter from Captain Bess who sends you the clues!”

Captain Bess A family firm,
who slowly became
Forgotten and faded,
what was their name?

Black Beard Beth Jones?

Captain Bess Nay, yer askin' to be walkin' the plank!

Long Joe Silver Wills?

Captain Bess Aye! That's it!

3. Learn some facts 🎓

Along the way, Bess will tell you a few interesting facts and stories about the things you're spotting!”

We learnt new things and actually appreciated the beautiful scenery as we went around the city.

Captain Bess It's a fire insurance mark, to show the firemen ye've paid yer dues! If not, they'd stand by 'n' watch yer house burn, imagine that!

4. Play together 👨‍👩‍👦

Captain Bess will invite you all to join the hunt!

We had such a laugh and a great day out!

Captain Bess Ahoy there! Ye must be the one they're talking about. Lookin' to join me ship, the Rising Pearl?

Buccaneer Beth Yes!

Captain Bess Ye'll be needin' help, have ye a crew?

Lianne Pinkbeard joined the game.

Parrot Pete 🦜 joined the game.

Parrot Pete Arrrrrrr!

Lianne Pinkbeard I'm ready to set sail! ⚓️

Reserve your game

... for FREE!

A different way to see Birmingham

A treasure hunt is more like a game than a traditional tour. You have to follow treasure maps, solve cryptic clues and keep your eyes peeled to find the answers.

You’ll have some banter with our friendly pirate Captain Bess. She’ll put you in your place if you get too many answers wrong!

Take your time, go at your own pace

You can start when you like, there’s no fixed start time. You can even finish the next day if you get stuck in a nice pub!

Fancy a drink by the canal? Go ahead. Take it at your own pace. Enjoy the cafes and pubs along the route.

Play on your own terms. It's just you and your team, like a private tour.

A hearty afternoon!”

On a warmer day post lockdown you could easily make a day of it stopping for a drink or two on the way.

Grosvenor1234, Tripadvisor

Start playing in 60 seconds

It’s all on your phones, there’s nothing to print or collect.

Book online and you’ll get a link to start your game straight away.

You can rearrange or cancel

We’re flexible. If you change your mind, or if you can't make it to Birmingham, play another day or cancel for free.

Fun or your money back

We think you're going love Treasure Hunt Birmingham!

If you don't have fun, we promise to give your money back. We'll ask for a quick chat on the phone to understand what went wrong.

You'll see the best of Birmingham 🧭

No spoilers... You'll see the famous sights like Victoria Square and the Jewellery Quarter, but the real fun is spotting things in the streets that you normally wouldn't notice.

Great exploration and puzzles”

Knowing the area well it was wonderful to discover and learn new things about a place I had grown up in. Can’t wait to do one in another city.

289kirstens, Tripadvisor

Birmingham Town Hall - a beautiful Grade 1 listed venue in the heart of the city centre

The Library of Birmingham - this iconic public library was designed by architect Francine Houben. It resembles a gigantic stack of boxes, wrapped in a mesh of metal loops.

Centenary Square in the sunshine with the icon Library of Birmingham in the background

Centenary Square - a public square recently revamped that hosts festivals and activities in the city centre

Birmingham Canal Old Line - a historic and beautiful stretch of canal transports you back in time

Colourful Barges on the Birmingham Canal Old Line

The Argent Centre - a grant Grade 2 listed Victorian warehouse the multicoloured brickwork decorates a design reminiscent of renaissance Florence!

The multicoloured bricks of The Argent Centre in the Jewellery Quarter

The Jewellery Quarter - on the edge of Birmingham's city centre lies this area steeped in incredible history home to more than 100 retailers, diamond dealers, and workshops

St Paul's Church - situated in a peaceful Gerogian square lies the iconic St Paul's Church

Buildings in the city centre at dusk

The Business District - this bustling modern district is home to high profile professional services, bars, cafes and restaurants galore, not to mention St Philip's Cathedral

By the end, you'll have seen the nicest bits of Birmingham's centre and you'll have some ideas of where to come back to.

What if it rains? 

If it's patchy rain, you can pop into a cafe or pub along the route: the treasure hunt is flexible.

If it's really wet and you fancy playing the next day, that's fine. Or you can split it over two days if you like.

If it's really chucking it down and you don't fancy being washed into the canal, we’ll give your money back, even if you've started the game.

Coronavirus: Staying safe

Treasure Hunt Birmingham is all outdoors in public spaces. The route is designed so you can avoid other people and everyone can play on their own phones.

Read our full guidance for playing.

Will it be too difficult?

Don't worry! The treasure hunt has some tricky clues, but if you get stuck you can ask for a hint.

We make sure you don't get completely stuck, endless wandering the canals.

Will I have fun if I'm from Birmingham?

Yes! You already know the city, but we bet you'll notice things you've walked past a hundred times before.

We've worked hard to find the less-obvious stuff - beyond the typical blue plaques - and some interesting stories and anecdotes. You're going to have a great time!

Is it suitable for kids?

The game is designed for adults and curious kids aged 8 and up.

A family perched on a sculpture playing Treasure Hunt Liverpool

Younger ones are welcome though you may have to help by interpreting the clues and Captain Bess' pirate speak.

The whole route is pushchair friendly, avoiding steps or showing step-free alternative routes.

We’re a family of four with a 13 year old and a 11 year old. Mum was map reader, dad reminded kids about clues, and kids were hunting for clues.”

—Lexie, Tripadvisor

Amazing day of family fun”

We let the kids take the lead and they really enjoyed feeling like they were in charge and even though they got us lost a few times, the hints always got us back in track. Really great!

Sheri A, Tripadvisor

Will it be too physical?

It's 2½ miles walking but there are a few cafes and pubs along the way.

Ready for a different way to see Birmingham?

  • Follow a carefully designed route around Birmingham.
  • See Centenary Square, Gas Street basin, the Georgian jewellery quarter and the bustling business district.
  • Start whenever you like, take it at your own pace.
  • 1½ - 2½ hours of fun outdoors.
  • Just £9.99 per adult, 15 and under go FREE.

Have questions?
Email us 💌
or text us
07380 309380

“Good fun, we really enjoyed ourselves. Solving the clues was interesting and I think there's a good mix to suit all ages. A different and fun way to see the city, it included some nice stops.”

—Munira C, Tripadvisor

Telephone: 0121 285 7683
Text us: 07380 309380

Tow Paths and Trades starts from:
Birmingham School of Art, 3 Margaret Street, Birmingham, B3 3BX