By canal

With more miles of canal than Venice, there are plenty of beautiful views, stunning modern developments like the Cube and restored industrial heritage buildings to enjoy during a peaceful boat journey in Birmingham.

 

Sherborne Wharf

From Sherborne Wharf your tour will take you from the International Convention Centre (ICC) mooring, through the Oozells Street and Icknield Port loops, past the Barclaycard Arena, National SEA LIFE Centre and Brindleyplace to Gas Street Basin and back to the ICC. The tour shows visitors both the heritage of the canal system as well as the new developments alongside them. The trip has a commentary and lasts approximately one hour.

Away2Canal

Away2Canal offer both a one hour trip called the “Country in the City” cruise as well as shorter half-hour city centre cruises, depending on the time of year. The longer cruise takes visitors through the Gas Street Basin and along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. The canal passes through the picturesque suburb of Edgbaston, home to the University of Birmingham. The half-hour cruise takes visitors through the city centre between the Mailbox and Barclaycard Arena. All trips have commentaries.

Dudley Canal Trust

Don’t miss the Canal Trust in Dudley for a memorable tour of the waterways. At the Canal Trust you can experience over 420 million years of history in 45 minutes on a canal trip into Dudley’s limestone caverns. Marvel at the impressive limestone caverns carved by men to access raw material to power the industrial revolution.

And you can actually run, cycle or walk from Birmingham to the Black Country along the canals, starting from Gas Street in the centre of the city and on to Dudley and Wolverhampton though Galton Valley.

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Upcoming festivals

Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival

10-12 July - see some of the best artists from the Jazz, Funk & Soul world.

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Vaisakhi

26 April - One of the world’s largest Vaisakhi celebrations returns to Handsworth Park.

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Birmingham Pride

23 & 24 May - The biggest two day LGBT party in the UK returns.

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BE Festival

22-28 June - celebrating the best of European theatre.

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Supersonic

11-14 June - one of the UK’s premier experimental music and arts festivals.

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Birmingham International Jazz & Blues Festival

3-12 July - bringing top drawer players from across the world.

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More festivals & events

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Sporting highlights

Harlem Globetrotters

21 April - Some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet.

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Premier League Darts

April 30 - Featuring ten superstars of the sport.

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The Main Event (Thai Boxing)

23 May - The UK's longest-standing and premier Thai Boxing promotion.

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Sainsbury's Summer Series

7 June & 3-5 July - The world’s best athletes come to Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium/

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Rugby World Cup 2015

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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

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Dance

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