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Bustling Birmingham Kayak Tour

£25.00£30.00 (inc. VAT)

A chance to see Birmingham from a different perspective, no previous experience required for this guided kayak tour on the canal. It’s definitely not your average Birmingham canal boat tour.

Our guides will lead you on a journey through the city’s heart on our sit on top kayaks which are stable and ideal for beginners and experienced kayakers alike.

Any under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult.

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.


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Join us on our award winning kayaking guided tour of Birmingham’s canals and see Birmingham from a different perspective.

Looking for a different kind of boat tour or something different to do in Birmingham? See the city from a duck’s view! Definitely not your standard canal boat tour in Birmingham!

This tour takes you into the tourist 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!

We’ll give you several snapshots into Birmingham’s heritage and plenty of opportunities to see Birmingham’s landmarks from a different view. 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.

No previous experience or specialist clothing and equipment is required, our guides will get you kayaking in no time and cruising along the city’s blue highway.
We will be kayaking approximately 3 miles in total.

We will provide every participant with a buoyancy aid, regardless of their swimming ability, so that should you fall in you’ll be safe. Tours are led by a professionally qualified British Canoeing Instructor who will give full tuition. All kayaks, paddles and safety equipment are provided. Sit back, paddle and have fun!

This tour won the ‘Experience of the Year’ at the West Midlands Tourism Award 2022.


Great for: Finding out something new (and old) in Birmingham; seekers of hidden gems; anyone looking for an alternative to a lecture-style museum tour; a bit of fresh air with people; something memorable to do with visiting family and friends.

Fancy organising a private tour just for your group? Please get in touch




Event Details

Dates: Various occasions.

Time-slots: As booked

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

Finishing Point: Back in the Roundhouse!

Directions: View our "Getting here" page for detailed directions.

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

Suitable For: 8+, all under 18’s need to 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.

COVID-19 precautions

Roundhouse Birmingham takes the safety of visitors very seriously.

  • Advance booking for tours helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced.
  • At present we are keeping our tour capacities to small numbers to ensure social distancing is maintained. We also encourage use of face masks and regular hand sanitising.
  • Tickets do not need to be printed as we operate a contactless ticketing system using QR codes. These will be emailed to you, so please keep them safe. You will be required to show these when you check in for your tour.
  • There is hand sanitiser available for use in our equipment arch and all participants are encouraged to use this.

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.

Make sure to come along and check in at our reception least 15 minutes prior to the tour to make sure we're ready to start on time!

The Roundhouse will also be home to an onsite café from Spring 2022.

Please provide proof of your eligibility for concessions or discounts on arrival.

We are an accredited British Canoeing Delivery Partner.

You want to know that the centre you choose is high quality, and that’s what the Delivery Partner badge means. A paddling centre displaying the British Canoeing Delivery Partner badge has agreed to the Delivery Partner Charter. This means the paddling centre has agreed to high standards of safety, value for money and customer service.

The badge is an indication to schools, parents and other customers that the partner takes its responsibilities seriously. They will use highly trained, qualified and competent staff, to deliver a high quality customer focused product.

Venue: The Roundhouse

Directions: 1 Sheepcote St, Birmingham B16 8AE

Kayak Tour FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers

There will always be the odd splash and dribble that will get you damp and, because of the nature of the kayaks that we use, you will get a wet bottom!! We can provide waterproof jackets and trousers to keep you drier though.

And, of course, we recommend bringing a change of clothes should you capsize.

Kayaking is easy to pick up, we cater for all abilities on our tours and our guides are trained in being able to assist you should you require further advice.

Yes, we always assume that no-one can swim. If someone should capsize our guides will be there to assist you; normally, because the canals are only 4-6 feet deep, you could stand up.

All participants regardless of ability will be required to wear a buoyancy aid provided by us.

Sports clothing is light, dries easily and doesn’t make you freeze, simply stay away from denim, leather and wool and you will be fine. We can provide waterproof jackets and trousers to keep you drier too!

You need to wear something on your feet during the tour; old trainers, crocs, sandals all work well.

Both of our kayaking tours involve approximately 90 minutes on the water

8 years old and upwards (because of the size of our equipment)

Many people may think that kayaks are easy to flip over but they are a lot more stable than they might look, we have chosen the kayaks specifically for their stability.

We have lockers suitable for bags and personal items available for all tour participants free of charge.

We don’t recommend taking any valuables on the water, we are not responsible for any damage and loss.

We have lockers available free of charge for tour participants.

It’s better to book all our tours in advance. You may be lucky if you show up on the day and one of our guides will be available but we recommend always pre-booking.

Please visit Visitor Reception to book in, your guide will meet you there.

A canoe is paddled with a single-bladed paddle, and you will have seen these paddled generally by two people. A kayak is paddled from a sitting position with a two-bladed paddle.

We use sit-on-top kayaks, which mean should you fall off you’ll simply slide into the water.

We paddle on the canals so if you are not participating you can walk alongside but there is a lot of places that can’t be accessed by pedestrians.

Due to equipment limitations the maximum weight we can currently cater for is 18 stones.

Our buoyancy aids have a maximum chest size of 50 inches.

Group Booking FAQs

Most frequent questions and answers

Please get in touch with us to organise a group booking.

Roundhouse Birmingham accepts card payments and cash. We accept all card, Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay, except for American Express. We don’t have a cash machine on site – you’ll find the nearest one in Brindley Place.


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