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
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.
- There is hand sanitiser available for use in our equipment arch and all participants are encouraged to use this.
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