More canals than Venice – guided walking tour
When the first canal in Birmingham was commissioned by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Company, who knew that it’d be such a popular tourist attraction? Our canals helped kickstart the industrial revolution and helped Birmingham become the city of 1000 trades and is now helping to attract many tourists to our city.
This walking tour takes a short walk along, under and over the canal as we explore and learn about the canals history and uses over its many years. And we’ll also address the fact that Birmingham has more canals than Venice.
This 1.5 mile circular tour takes in the most photogenic parts of the city centre’s canal system so be sure to bring a camera!
There is no on-site parking at the Roundhouse. The nearest car park is Arena Birmingham on Sheepcote Street, or there is some on-street parking in the streets around the building.
Duration: Around 2 hours
Suitable For: 8+, all under 18’s need to be accompanied by an adult.
Distance: Around 2.5km, or around 6000 steps!
Organised by Birmingham Roundhouse
Date & TimeFri 15 Sept | 2pm–4pm
Start and end at – Start: Roundhouse Birmingham Visitor Centre, The Roundhouse, 1 Sheepcote St, Birmingham B16 8AE
£8 people with a B16 postcode
AccessThe route is designed with access in mind, avoiding stairs where possible. There are some steep sloped sections by the Utilita Arena.
Roundhouse Birmingham is accessible to wheelchair users. Please be aware that Roundhouse Birmingham is built on a slope and is laid to cobbles. It is therefore uneven under foot. However, there is a clear route designed to be accessible for wheelchair users, pushchairs and visitors with restricted mobility.
Accessible toilets are available in the main public toilets next to the Visitor Centre.
Guide dogs and hearing dogs are very welcome. You can keep them with you in all spaces at the Roundhouse, and they’re also welcome on all our tours.
Roundhouse Birmingham is equipped with an induction hearing loop in the Visitor Centre. You will need to switch your hearing aid to the T position to make use of this system. We can also make sure that your tour guide has a portable microphone which is hearing loop enabled.
Please get in touch with us in advance of your tour so we can discuss your individual requirements and ensure you have the best tour experience possible.