Enjoy Canals in Birmingham

How Best to Enjoy Birmingham’s Canals

Birmingham’s development is inextricably linked to the history of its canals. Back in the 18th Century, the city built canals as a means to transport materials to feed the growing industries. Nowadays, this network of man-made waterways offers some of the most beautiful and interesting landscapes in Birmingham.

Whilst staying in Park Regis Birmingham, make sure you’ve got plenty of time to explore the canals, either on foot or by boat. Although Birmingham has over 30 miles of canals, you don’t need to traverse the entire network to truly appreciate the history, engineering and aesthetic appeal.

Walk along Streets and Bridges

We could fill pages upon pages of walking tours, however, we’ve decided to focus on the highlights. Gas Street Basin and Brindley Place are at the heart of the prettiest and best-maintained canals in Birmingham. This neighborhood is just a few minutes’ walk from Park Regis Birmingham.

Eat and Drink at Canalside Restaurants and Bars

We have to mention Brindley Place again, as it is the ultimate destination for foodies during the day and pub goers at night. Or the other way around. Or both! Whatever your preference, reserve a table with a view, sit back to enjoy the hustle and bustle. This is a great way to soak up the sheer beauty of Birmingham’s canals.

Take a Canal Tour

As a major tourist attraction, the city has numerous companies offering canal tours. Distance, sights and duration vary from company to company. Here are some of the most popular ones.

Sherborne Wharf Ltd

Sail across Birmingham’s canals in a narrowboat! Learn about the city’s industrial past and see the best sights along the way.

Dudley Canal Trust

This company offers a mixture of history and cuisine through two tours: tunnels and caverns tour and a dining cruise.


In this popular dining cruise, you’ll have plenty of menu options to choose from, as well as wines and liquors. Definitely try the Sunday Roast cruise, if you’ve the chance.

Brummies will always brag about the canals and, after following these recommendations, so will you! If you’re new to Birmingham, follow our blog to stay up-to-date with the latest happenings in the city.

Where to stay?

Situated at the head of Broad Street, Park Regis Birmingham is a few steps from the city centre, close enough to soak up the everything Birmingham has to offer. We are also very fortunate to be equipped with transport links on our doorstep. We are a 5-minute walk from Five Ways Station, a 2 minute walk to our closest tram-stop, Five Ways, and just a 10-minute walk into the city-centre.

Be sure to book direct with us via our SWITCH TO US offer to access exclusive benefits. These include 50% off car parking, complimentary breakfast during your stay, 5% off our Best Available Rate, early check-in (subject to availability), flexible booking conditions and more!

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