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

Birmingham City Centre

Birmingham's waterways make the ideal spot to unwind in the middle of a busy city. Admire the historic architecture and passing boats on a towpath walk or cycle. Enjoy an afternoon of relaxation and take a tranquil boat trip down the canal, or explore the vibrant waterfront by visiting one of the caf├ęs, bars and restaurants. Get the family together and follow the fun education trail - be sure to keep an eye out for some interesting local wildlife!

General information

Address: Canal & River Trust, Birmingham Office, 22 Cambrian House, King Edwards Road, Birmingham, B1 2AN

Visit time: 2-3+ hrs

Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing

Parking: There is lots of pay & display car parking around the city centre - nearest to the canals is Barclaycard Arena or Brindley Place

Toilets: The nearest toilets are in Brindley Place

Free visitor guide

Great for

  • Fishing
  • Walking
  • Canoeing
  • sightseeing
  • jogging
  • Good place to cycle


Close to the canals you will find the Sealife Centre, Barclaycard Arena, ICC, Symphony Hall, Brindleyplace, The Mailbox, Icon Gallery, Coffin Works and many more attractions in the city centre

Spot a boat

You'll see boats year round but especially in the summer


Boat trips

  • Sherborne Wharf Ltd

    Boat trips - public, Boat trips - charter, Boat trips - education / community, Boat trips - restaurant

  • Away2Dine

    Restaurant boat in the city centre offering a unique dining experience

Picnic spot

There are none immediately around the canals but lots in the city centre


  • Eduction trail


You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks
  • Coots/Moorhens

You may be lucky enough to see a Black Redstart or Peregrine Falcon