Join us on a 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 is required, our guides will get you paddling your own kayak 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. Sit back, paddle and have fun!
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.
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.
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.
- Following each use, all of our equipment is sanitised using bio-safe chemicals where possible; this includes kayaks, paddles, buoyancy aids and our tour headsets.
- There is hand sanitiser available for use in our equipment arch and all participants are encouraged to use this.
- We have achieved the Visit England 'Good to Go' accreditation for our hygiene standards in response to COVID-19
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 Autumn 2021.
Please provide proof of your eligibility for concessions or discounts on arrival.
Venue: The Roundhouse
Directions: 1 Sheepcote St, Birmingham B16 8AE