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Around the canal-side Bars and Restaurants in Brindley Place, Broad Street, City Centre, there is the National Sea Life Centre, Legoland Discovery Centre, National Indoor Arena, Symphony Hall and the International Convention Centre. Nearby is the Repertory Theatre (The Rep.) and the new Central Library.

Birmingham Canal Navigations (BCN) is a network of canals connecting Birmingham, Wolverhampton, and the eastern part of the Black Country. The BCN is connected to the rest of the English canal system at several junctions. It was owned and operated by the Birmingham Canal Navigations Company from 1767 to 1948.

At its working peak, the BCN contained about 160 miles (257 km) of canals; today just over 100 miles (160 km) are navigable, and the majority of traffic is from tourist and residential narrowboats.

                                                                   Birmingham - a green city.

There are 571 parks within Birmingham – more than any other European city  – totalling over 3,500 hectares (14 sq mi) of public open space.  The city has over six million trees, and 250 miles (400 kilometres) of urban brooks and streams. Sutton Park, which covers 2,400 acres (971 ha) in the north of the city, is the largest urban park in Europe and a national nature reserve. Birmingham Botanical Gardens, located close to the city centre, retains the regency landscape of its original design by J. C. Loudon in 1829, while the Winterbourne Botanic Garden in Edgbaston reflects the more informal Arts and Crafts tastes of its Edwardian origins.

Several green spaces within the borough are designated as green belt, as a portion of the wider West Midlands Green Belt. This is a strategic local government policy used to prevent urban sprawl and preserve greenfield land. Areas included are the aforementioned Sutton Park; land along the borough boundary by the Sutton Coldfield, Walmley and Minworth suburbs; Kingfisher, Sheldon, Woodgate Valley country parks; grounds by the Wake Green football club; Bartley and Frankley reservoirs; and Handsworth cemetery with surrounding golf courses.

Birmingham has many areas of wildlife that lie in both informal settings such as the Project Kingfisher and Woodgate Valley Country Park and in a selection of parks such as Lickey Hills Country Park, Pype Hayes Park & Newhall Valley, Handsworth Park, Kings Heath Park, and Cannon Hill Park, the latter also housing the mini zoo, Birmingham Wildlife Conservation Park. (from Wikipedia.)

Click here to visit The Roundhouse, (Canal-side), Sheepcote Street, B16 8AE

The Roundhouse : Through a partnership between the National Trust and Canal & River Trust, the Roundhouse in Birmingham has been revived as a hub for city tours.

A grade II* listed building at the heart of Birmingham's canals, now renovated and given a new purpose as office space, a hub for city tours and home to an independent café.

Free to enter for all visitors: In the Visitor Centre you can learn more about the history of the building, pick up a self-guided tour leaflet or book an activity with Roundhouse Birmingham.

Guided tours of Birmingham: Explore the city with Roundhouse Birmingham through a range of experiences and tours on foot, by bike and on water.

Café: Jonathans in the Roundhouse is an independent tea room and restaurant in the Roundhouse building. Check their website for opening hours and more information.(See below.)

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Brindley Place is at the City end of Broad Street, just before the ICC and Symphony Hall on the left and just past Gas Street on your right. The main access to the canal system, on foot, is at the Black Sabbath Bridge, a memorial to that famous Birmingham band. Click here for a Google map of the area.,+Birmingham/@52.4779488,-1.9113182,18z/data=!4m6!3m5!1s0x4870bcf44c567b05:0x59b458b276ff0975!8m2!3d52.4767073!4d-1.9093562!16s%2Fg%2F1tht0x9v
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Voted as one of Birmingham’s best breathing spaces, the Mailbox boasts unrivalled accessibility to canalside dining, and some of the city’s best retail and leisure amenities, providing an exclusive sense of community for employees and employers alike
The Canal and River Trust have organised a City Centre one-mile canal-side walk from Livery Street to the Mailbox, taking in Farmer's Bridge Locks, Old Turn Junction (Brindley Place) and Gas Street Basin. Click here to download the walking map and step-by-step instructions to help you along the way.
The towpaths around this attractive basin are lined with bars, pubs and modern buildings and the traditional narrow boats moored here can be seen to form an unique experience where industrial heritage meets modern, cosmopolitan living.
The Roundhouse
The Canal and River Trust also have a feature on their web site highlighting what is LOCAL TO YOU, taking in walking, wildlife, and habitat features. Enter your postcode to find out what is nearest to you. Click HERE to find out more.



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