Private kayak tour

How about a Private Kayak Tour for just you and those you invite?

See Birmingham’s canals as they were intended with a kayak tour through the heart of the city on our award-winning Bustling Birmingham Kayak Tour. This tour includes regular stops at iconic landmarks, where your guide will share the history of Birmingham and its canals. 

Suitable for almost everyone, this kayak tour is led by our qualified and experienced guides.

In order to make an availability enquiry you will need to submit a form below. All dates must be a minimum of 3 working days in the future.

Disclaimer and consent: 

In order to take part everyone will need to complete our disclaimer and consent form(Opens in new window) 

You will be asked to complete the consent form once you have received your booking confirmation. To save time on the day please complete the form before arrival and please ensure all members of your group do so too. 

Book a private kayak tour

This is an incredible way to visit Birmingham. Do you want to explore Birmingham’s canals, or just something fun to do in Birmingham? See Birmingham’s canals as they were intended with a kayak tour through the heart of the city.

The 2 hour Bustling Birmingham Kayak Tour takes you into the heart of Britain’s canal system, starting along the route of James Brindley’s first canal into Birmingham that resulted in the industrial revolution booming!

You’ll discover Birmingham’s hidden heritage and have plenty of opportunities to see its landmarks from a different angle. Birmingham certainly has more canals than Venice but ours are quieter! Even though we’ll be heading towards the International Convention Centre, The Cube, The Mailbox and the heart of Britain’s canal system, Gas Street Basin, we’ll still be able find quieter areas along our blue highway.

We operate a tiered pricing model for our private tours.

Prices per person:

0-1 – £100.00
2 people – £50.00
3 people – £47.66
4 people – £45.00
5 people – £42.60
6-10 people – £40.00
Prices for 10+ people available on request

Next Steps:

  1. Complete the enquiry form below
  2. We will check our availability and will confirm this via email.
  3. If we are able to accommodate your private tour, we will send you an invoice that must be paid in full at the time of booking.
  4. Once paid, we will issue you with final joining instructions.

Make an enquiry

Event Details:

Dates: Monday – Sunday. 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Distance: 3 miles

Number of points on the tour: 8

Suitable for: Those wishing to experience a different side of the city.

Meeting Point: Check in at the Roundhouse Visitor Centre on arrival, 15 minutes before your tour starts. 

Finishing Point: Back at the Roundhouse! 

Directions: View our “Getting here” page for detailed directions. 

Duration: From introductions through to a chat at the end, you should allow around two hours for this guided experience, with 90 minutes on the water. 

Suitable For: 8 years plus, all under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult. 

Number of Steps? Not many steps but quite a few strokes, a basic level of fitness (walking up the stairs without being out of breath) will suffice. We’ll be paddling approximately 3 miles. 

Visitor Info 

Guided tours will go ahead in all but the worst of weather. If we do need to cancel a tour due to high winds or thunderstorms we will reschedule at the earliest opportunity. 

What to wear: 

It is best to wear gym-style clothing because these won’t hold any water when wet; jeans, leather and wool are not ideal for kayaking. 

Everyone must wear footwear; old trainers, crocs, flip flops are all great. 

You will get a wet lower half, because our kayaks are sit on top kayaks, you are exposed to the drips from your paddles and splashes, and you may get a small puddle in your seat. 

There’s a small chance you may fall in, we recommend bringing a towel and a change of clothes- just in case.

What to bring: 

We have lockers available for your valuables and bags, however, we recommend that no valuables are brought to the Roundhouse. We strongly recommend that no phones, wallets, or sunglasses are taken on the water and not be held responsible for any loss incurred, please use the lockers provided. 

Be sure to check in at our reception at least 15 minutes prior to the tour to make sure we’re ready to start on time! 


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