The Birmingham Mini-Ring

Gas Street Basin in Birmingham

With more canals than Venice, exploring the Birmingham area by boat is one of the best ways to experience Britain’s vibrant second city

The Birmingham Mini-Ring takes boaters through industrial heritage sites, historic neighbourhoods and green spaces, providing a unique perspective of Birmingham’s diverse landscape. The route offers views of city skylines, waterfronts and charming canalside pubs and cafes.

The 45-mile circuit passes through 49 locks and takes in sections of the Worcester & Birmingham, Birmingham Main Line and Grand Union canals. Highlights include: the historic village of Bournville, home of Cadbury’s chocolate; Gas Street Basin in the centre of Birmingham; the bars and restaurants at Brindleyplace; the flight of 13 locks at Farmers Bridge; and Pelsall Common.

You can complete this popular circuit on a week-long break from Wootton Wawen. From there it takes around 35 hours and goes through 83 locks.

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