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Gas Street Basin and Canal Navigations

Gas Street, Birmingham. B1 2JU
Gas Street Basin, Birmingham
Gas Street Basin, Birmingham

Gas Street Basin in Birmingham city centre is the heart of Britain's canal network. In days gone by it was the hub of a thriving canal transport network and would have been alive with the sound of cargoes as diverse as chocolate crumb, coal and glass being loaded and unloaded.

Today, the bars and restaurants of the Mailbox and Brindleyplace cluster around the canals where traditional narrowboats can be seen - industrial heritage merging with modern, cosmopolitan living.

Exploring the area, continue on the towpath under Broad Street Tunnel, and you'll come to Old Turn Junction, a small 'island' in the middle of the canal overlooked by the Birmingham Arena. You'll notice that there are many pretty black and white footbridges crossing the canal. Look out for the graceful roving footbridge dated 1827, one of many designed by Thomas Telford who was the engineer for the New Main Line Canal that linked Birmingham to Wolverhampton and was built after Brindley's meandering Old Main Line.


Free Entry, Café Serving Meals, Light Refreshments Available.

No easily accessible wifi. Smoking allowed.

Opening Times:

The area is open at all times.


Advance booking is not required.


Gas Street Basin is located west of the city centre at the junction of Gas Street and Broad Street. Old Turn Junction can be found between Brindleyplace and King Edwards Road.

Getting There:

National Rail Birmingham New Street railway station: 20 minutes walk.


Parking available nearby - payment required.

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Last Updated Monday 2 March 2020

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