Lock on the Fazeley Canal in Birmingham

Birmingham Canals

Birmingham is know as Venice of the Midlands due to the canals throughout the city. There are many walks on the Birmingham canal network people can enjoy, circular or to get from A to B.

Some of the nicest parts of canal network to visit are near to The Mailbox and Brindley Place. There are many places to eat out or enjoy a drink overlooking the canals in this central area. Periodically the Canal & River Trust host events including an open day where you can board narrow boats, see dredgers and they even drain a lock for people to climb inside.

Pubs & Restaurants Near Brindley Place

There are eateries to suit most tastes and budgets in the area, some of my favourites include;

  • The Canal House – A gastropub overlooking the marina area with great views especially from their outside seating area and balcony. They serve great food and an array of drinks, to find out more see my recent post.
  • Bank – A posh restaurant with comfy outdoor seating which is great place to sit and enjoy a relaxing beer or prosecco, this area is also dog friendly. Food there is delicious and well presented, on a recent visit I ate Tandoori Monk fish for main course which was very enjoyable.

Brindley place towards the Jewellery Quarter

The walk from Brindley place towards the Jewellery Quarter at Ludgate Hill passes many locks and feels safe. There are wild flowers, architecture to see, i recommend a slight detour to pop into The Shakespeare Inn just off this stretch of the canal.

Ludgate Hill To Barker Bridge

From Ludgate hill towards the canal seems to be inhabited by homeless, junkies and street drinkers, most are friendly but some with a nervous disposition might wish to avoid. If you exit the canal at Barker Bridge on Loveday street you can visit a friendly local pub calls The Gunmakers Arms which is also home to The Two Towers Brewery. The Gunmakers arms serve some great real ales and are dog friendly.

Away From Loveday Street

Heading further down from Barker Bridge towards Aston Junction is a pleasant walk after which you can either head towards Aston or on the Digbeth branch.

Photos of Birmingham Canals


I have spotted some wildlife on my walks on the Birmingham waterways, mainly birds and some flowers including some stunning poppies.

A heron likes to stand in shallow and wait for small fish to come in range. Various mallard families have been seen with ducklings in June and earlier in year mating rituals were observed. A family of moorhens nested in an old wall near to Barker Bridge, moorhens are smaller black wildfowl with distinctive red beaks. Canada geese also call the canals home with their black and white plumage and distinctive call, one family was observed with cygnets near to Aston junction.

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