A new tour of Birmingham landmarks linked to TV gangster drama Peaky Blinders is bringing in visitors from as far afield as Scotland, with each of this weekend’s four tours fully booked within 48 hours of release.

Digbeth Residents Association, which has organised the first ever Peaky Blinders Tours, says it has been inundated with enquiries and has a waiting list of more than 150 people.

Visitors from as far afield as London, Suffolk, Scotland and South Wales have signed up for the hour-long tours, on November 2 and 3, which will see tour guide Rosie Pocklington give an insight into the Victorian and Edwardian underworld of Digbeth.

Pamela Pinski, secretary of Digbeth Residents Association (DRA) said: “We’ve been delighted that the tours have proved so popular; they are designed to give people an insight into the real Digbeth and the many gangs that operated in the area at the turn of last century.”

Emma Gray, Director of Marketing Services at Visit Birmingham, said: “It is great to see Peaky Blinders has inspired so many people to visit Birmingham and discover more about its fascinating past, as well as everything else the city has to offer visitors.”

 

The tours are free and are run by volunteers passionate about the area and its social history. DRA hopes to announce more tour dates in the New Year.

A gangster family drama set in Birmingham in 1919, Peaky Blinders centres on the eponymous gang who sew razor blades in the peaks of their caps, and their fierce boss Tommy Shelby, played by Cillian Murphy.

The six-part BBC2 series drew audiences of 2.4 million and has already been re-commissioned for a second series in 2014.

See Visit Birmingham’s interview with Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight at http://visitbirmingham.com/peaky-blinders