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Package tour | Cobbles and Canals

A landscape image showing a group of people walking on a red tiled path under an arched bridge. To their right is a canal, the waters reflecting all the shops on the wharf in it.

£18.50 (inc. VAT)

New tour for 2024!

Learn about our fascinating building and Birmingham’s iconic canals with this combo tour.

This combination ticket includes a full 90 minute Introducing the Roundhouse Tour AND our 2 hour walking tour along Birmingham’s iconic canals. 

A great package to fill a day in Birmingham and learn about Birmingham’s industrial heritage.

Further details



Your fact-filled day starts at the Roundhouse with an informal and interactive guided tour of the site, telling the Roundhouse’s story from canal wharf to noisy Victorian public works stables, right through to a new purpose as a modern-day heritage and wellbeing hub. 

After an hour lunch break (food not included), we head off to answer the question – does Birmingham really have more canals than Venice? 

A short 1.5 mile walk along, under and over the canal, we explore and learn about the canals history and uses over it’s many years. And we’ll also address the fact that Birmingham has more canals than Venice. 

The Roundhouse and circular tour take in the most photogenic parts of the city center’s canal system so be sure to bring a camera! 

What’s included:

  • A 3 mile guided tour telling the stories of those who worked at the Roundhouse and the surrounding canals
  • Spend the morning at the Roundhouse learning about the workers who were based at this unique building, and the afternoon exploring the city’s canals
  • Fully guided by our team of trained and experienced tour guides.

What happens on the day:

  • On arrival, you’ll be warmly welcomed at the Visitor Centre where you will get issued with a headset that allows you to hear the tour guide clearly.
  • This guided tour stays at the Roundhouse for the morning, learning about it’s significant role in Birmingham’s industrial development.
  • After the Roundhouse tour there will be a break for lunch. Bring your own picnic or book a table at on-site Ristorante Caffe Arena or The Distillery.
  • Following the break, you will enjoy a guided walk along Birmingham’s canals, taking you along the water’s edge through the city, stopping at certain key points to hear about the history of the area.
  • The tour finishes back at the Roundhouse.

What about the weather?: Guided tours will go ahead in all but the worst of weather. If we need to cancel the tour because of very poor weather, we will reschedule at the earliest opportunity.

What should I wear?: Our cobbled courtyard and the city streets can be a little uneven, slippery and steep in places, and this tour will involve some walking. Sturdy, sensible shoes are your friend! Don’t forget to wear clothes suitable for a day outdoors as well.

Great for: An introduction to Birmingham’s brilliant spaces, people and histories for first time visitors. Groups looking for something fun and interesting to do in the city centre. 

Event Details

Dates: Various: Bank Holiday Mondays and Good Friday.

Time slots: 11:00am-3:30pm.

Meeting Point: Please check in at the Roundhouse Birmingham Visitor Centre, 15 minutes before the advertised tour start time.

Finishing Point: The tour ends at Roundhouse Birmingham.

Directions: View our Getting here page for detailed directions.

Duration: This package tour is approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes, which includes a 1 hour lunch break. It's around 2.5 miles long. 

Suitable For: 8+, all under 18’s need to be accompanied by an adult.

Number of Steps? We’re thinking you’ll get in a decent amount of your daily steps, about 6,000. Requires a basic level of fitness and mobility.

Visitor Information

Our Victorian cobbles can be a little uneven and steep in places, and most Roundhouse Birmingham experiences willinvolve some walking. View our access page for more details on what to expect when you’re here, though sturdy, sensible shoes are recommended.  

The route is designed with access in mind, avoiding stairs where possible. There are some steep sloped sections by the Utilita Arena. 

Our guided tours and walks will go ahead whatever the weather, so plan accordingly. 

Your tour guide will use audio systems to ensure that they are audible in noisy environments. 

Tour headsets are available so everyone can hear clearly. Please bring plug in headphones if you have them, or you can use those we have available.  

If a number of people in your group would benefit from the tour guide system’s hearing loop, call ahead to let us know on 0121 716 4077, or by emailing


Looking for something to eat and drink during your 1 hour lunch break? Ticket holders receive 20% off food at The Distillery pub and 10% off food and drink at Ristorante Caffe Arena. Discount is valid on the day of your tour on production of your ticket. Booking is recommended.

Alternatively, you’re welcome to bring a packed lunch to eat in our courtyard. 

Venue: The Roundhouse

Directions: 1 Sheepcote St, Birmingham B16 8AE

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