The best canal walks in Birmingham and beyond

Did you know that Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice? Be a tourist in the Second City and check out our top walks and canal-side spots in Birmingham.

Canal boats in Gas Street Basin with the Mailbox building in the background

Five places to explore on the canal

1. Brindley Place and the Gas Street Basin

Brindley Place canal side is always bustling thanks to its pubs, bars and restaurants – you really could spend the whole day there! Sit outside the iconic Birmingham pub, the Malthouse, have some fun at the Sealife Centre or Legoland Discovery Centre or even explore the canals by boat!

2. Livery Street to the Mailbox

Once you’ve finished exploring Brindley Place, take this stroll along the canals to the Mailbox where you can hit the shops, restaurants and pick up some incredible coffee and cake from Medicine Bakery to reward yourself for your efforts!

3. Curzon Street to Aston Junction

This short canal walk starts a stones throw away from our City Centre Campus, perfect to stretch your legs and escape the hustle and bustle of the City.

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4. Aston Junction to Digbeth

This one isn’t your typical canal walk, it’s basically a walking art exhibition! Take the path to Digbeth to see colourful, modern street art and make sure you head to one of Digbeth’s many outdoor bars for a well deserved drink after your walk!

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5. Worcester and Birmingham Canal Walk

In the mood for something a bit more challenging? 30 miles might be a bit too far for one day, but you can definitely make a start on the historic route that takes you all the way from Birmingham’s Gas Street Basin to Worcester!

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