We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.



Birmingham’s canals add green space and vibrancy to Britain’s second city. Take to the towpaths and enjoy a gloriously traffic-free journey to work - or find your own green shortcut through the centre and beat the crowds to the bars of Brindleyplace. Follow our scenic canals to discover the best of Birmingham.

Walking to work in Birmingham

The Worcester & Birmingham Canal carves a green corridor past the university and the leafy streets of Edgbaston to the offices and shops near Broad Street. Why not swap the queuing traffic on the Bristol Road for a scenic stroll to work along the canal? Or get off the bus early and take to the towpath for your government recommended 20 minutes of exercise with a power-walk to the office. Handy canalside cafes can even provide that essential morning coffee en-route.

Commuting? Sidestep the suited throngs and enjoy a waterside walk from New Street Station. The Birmingham & Fazeley Canal is a peaceful pathway to St Paul’s Square and the ICC. And remember, the best thing about towpath walking is that you’ll never take the wrong turning.

Canalside eating, drinking and shopping

Birmingham is a fantastic place to shop – and to recuperate in a friendly bar afterwards. But if the crowds of Corporation Street get too much to bear, remember that the Midlands’ answer to Bond Street, the Mailbox, is just a short stroll along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal. Looking for something special? The famous Jewellery Quarter has produced beautiful rings, gems and trinkets on the banks of the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal for over 200 years.

And after all that shopping you’ll need a bite to eat. Between Brindleyplace, Gas Street Basin and Broad Street, Birmingham boasts countless canalside pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants where you can enjoy a quick snack, an after-work drink or a romantic dinner a deux. Find out more with our eating and drinking pages.

Days out by the canal

Calling all chocoholics. The famous Cadbury World offers a great (and tasty) day out for all the family – and any calories accidentally imbibed on the tour can be worked off with a walk along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal afterwards. Elsewhere, the National Sea Life Centre is enduringly popular in the heart of Brindleyplace and with galleries, historic houses, theatres and canal architecture all just a short drive away – you’re sure to find an outing to suit in waterside Birmingham.

Download our free guide to Birmingham's canals


West Midlands