Birmingham Canals provide a great place for holidaymakers to explore the city in an unorthodox way. While in the past they have been primarily used for industry, the canals now welcome visitors with guided tours and boat hire.
To explore the city centre of Birmingham, visitors to the city will need a quality hotel in Birmingham city centre. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Birmingham offers guests their choice of 211 comfortable hotel rooms and suites, each decorated in one of the hotel's three themes.
History of Birmingham's canals
The navigable portions of the Birmingham Canals stretch over 100 miles throughout the city and the Black Country. Originally built in the 18th century, these canals formed an essential conduit for raw materials to reach the industrial stronghold of Birmingham. In its heyday, the Birmingham canal network contained 160 miles of usable waterways.
These days, the city has transformed what once was almost exclusively for the use of industry into a viable tourist attraction. The network's hub has traditionally been near Gas Street Basin and guests can still visit the area for boating tours or just to see the immaculately restored examples of craft that used to be common on the canals.
Travel the Birmingham Canals from a city-centre hotel
Located just minutes away from Gas Street Basin, the main junction of the Birmingham Canals, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Birmingham will be perfect for excursions to the waterways. This hotel in Birmingham connects visitors to all great local attractions and events venues, including the nearby O2 Academy Birmingham.