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!


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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