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.
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.
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.
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.