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Birmingham Civil Rights Tour

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From $63.85

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Nearby
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Birmingham is known for its civil rights history, but matching landmarks to their significance can be difficult on a self-led tour. Visit notable locations, including the 16th Street Baptist Church, Kelly Ingram Park, and the site of the 1961 Freedom Riders attack, and discover their history from your guide. Travel between sites with ease via air-conditioned vehicle, and benefit from the small-group size for a more intimate experience.
  • Visit landmarks including Dynamite Hill and Bethel Baptist Church
  • Avoid hidden costs with all entrance fees included
  • Gain intimate insight into the battle for civil rights from your guide
  • Save time with included pickup and drop-off from central hotels

What's Included

  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • All activities
  • Air conditioned transportation
  • Gratuities

Departure & Return

Departure Point

  • 512 16th St N, 512 16th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203, USA

    I will be standing in front of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute next to the Fred Shuttlesworth statue. There is a parking lot diagonal from the front of the Institute that is free to park in. There is also free street parking(no meters) & paid street parking(meters) around the start point.

Departure Time

9:45 AM

Return Details

This activity will end right where it started.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If canceled due to significant weather (hurricane, tornado, or ice), you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • We will walk over a mile on the tour in temperatures anywhere between 40-100F. Guests must be able to walk unassisted at a reasonable speed.
  • Not recommended for those that cannot walk at least a mile.
  • Not recommended for those affected by cold/hot weather.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Operated by Red Clay Enterprises LLC

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Birmingham Civil Rights Tour?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Birmingham Civil Rights Tour?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Birmingham Civil Rights Tour?

A:The policy on social distancing is:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Birmingham Civil Rights Tour?

A:The policy on staff health & safety is:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands

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Enlightening
Pamela_B, Jun 2022
Clays knowledge of Birmingham’s civil rights struggle is commendable. We were able to share, discuss, evaluate and understand. His wealth of knowledge through living in Birmingham, extensive reading and personal interaction brought life to the tour.
FANTASTIC EXPERIENCE and KNOWLEDGEABLE GUIDE
Erick_R, Jun 2022
Clay was absolutely awesome and knows his stuff. This tour should be a requirement for all school age kids in the state of Alabama and quite possibly the whole country! Job well done!
Definitely a worthwhile experience
Laurie_R, May 2022
Mike was an excellent tour guide! We learned a tremendous amount of history about Birmingham’s struggle for civil rights spanning 100 years between 1865 and 1965. Thank you!
Excellent experience!
Judy_G, May 2022
This is one experience you do not want to miss if you want to learn about the civil rights struggle in Birmingham. Clay is exceptionally knowledgeable and with the small group, we felt free to ask questions to get a full picture of the history of Birmingham.
Mike was an excellent...
Elaina_C, May 2022
Mike was an excellent tour guide! He was very knowledgeable and very entertaining. He really painted the picture of the scene during those times and I learned alot! Thanks for the experience!
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Grace_S, May 2022
Clay was wonderful! He made the tour/history alive. Very accommodating. His tour is worth every dime & more. Thank you Clay for the wonderful time!
If you do one thing in Birmingham…do this!
Lynne_W, May 2022
Absolutely brilliant tour, learnt so much from Clay about the history of this town and the challenges they faced. Clay takes you off the beaten track and brings to life the atrocities of the past. He is passionate and extremely knowledgable. Would highly recommend, was without a doubt the best thing we did in Birmingham.
Emotional but informative
James_G, May 2022
Red Clay Tours guide was exceptional!! I highly recommend anyone and everyone to contact them for this amazing experience.
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Do not miss!
Dominic_T, Apr 2022
Did a stop in Birmingham as we travelled from Nashville to New Orleans. We opted to do the Birmingham Civil Rights Tour and we did not regret it. Best tour we have done in recent memory and worth the stop in Birmingham. Mike, our tour guide, was excellent. The content and sights were A1.
A Must See Tour
Richard_S, Apr 2022
Mike did a terrific job of explaining the civil rights movement and the oppression it faced in Birmingham back in the day. A multi-pronged and very moving tour. I'm glad I went and I highly recommend it.
Don't pass up!!! Excellent and great value!
Robin_D, Apr 2022
Clay, owner of Red Clay Tours, was our guide for this Civil Rights tour. He is extremely knowledgeable and gave detailed background for the events of the 50s in Birmingham. Although I knew the broad strokes, his tour and explanation filled in details and brought to life the times and actors of the city's history. I appreciated the way he contextualized the information within the CR movement as a whole and Birmingham's history as a city, and learned much that I hadn't known. Very well run. Good mix between walking and being driven. I could always hear Clay. Kudos! One of the best history tours. Do ask questions -- Clay's a native born Birmingham resident and has much to say.
Birmingham’s role in the Civil Rights Movement
Visa_C, Apr 2022
The Children’s Crusade & the Foot Soldiers in Kelly Ingram Park as a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement due to world press coverage
Great tour learned a...
Julie_L, Apr 2022
Great tour learned a lotvery informed tour guide Would highly recommend for all ages rom grade school up
Excellent tour.
Bobbi_D, Apr 2022
Excellent tour. Guide was knowledgable and kept commentary interesting to adults and teens. Brought the events of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham alive. Highly recommend.
Great tour -- highly recommended
Lawrence_R, Apr 2022
Two of us took the tour with Mike and though we're both retired and likely should have known more about the events in Birmingham, we were surprised about how little we knew about the central role of Rev. Shuttlesworth. Mike was a great tour guide and had a wealth of information at his fingertips.
Mike was knowledgeable,...
Anat_N, Apr 2022
Mike was knowledgeable, engaging and clearly passionate about the subject matter. He interspersed personal memories which added a great layer to our tour. Highly recommend!
Great way to see Birmingham
Linda_R, Apr 2022
This was a well put together presentation. Clay was very personable and knew the history of Birmingham. We had a great tour serious history and light anecdotes. Highly recommend.
Awesomeness!!
Lekesha_W, Apr 2022
Red Clay Tours brought to life an enlightening time in American history through words and visuals. I truly recommend their company for future tours.
Great rainy day tour.
Emily_L, Apr 2022
I received a phone call from the tour operator warning me that there might be heavy rain during our tour. I chose to continue and it was a good decision. I had a private tour! Mike was a terrific guide and shared import history and context.
Learn your history and make life better from what you learn.
A_C, Apr 2022
The guide was superb. He highlighted the history of race relations in Birmingham and the principal people in the conflict between the races. It is a tragic story with heroes among those pursuing a better life for Black people and bad people on the city and state level in Alabama during the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. My wife and I learned a lot even though we closely followed the news of the civil rights struggle in the south at the time. I strongly recommend the tour especially for young people of all races. There is much to learn from Birmingham's history.
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