What image comes into your mind when you think of canals? Is it the blooming colors of spring surrounding the gondolas of Venice? Well, it could be, but you should also keep in mind the important role canals played in Birmingham’s industrial past transporting raw material and powerful history through 35 miles of canals, which is said to be more than Venice itself – did you see that coming?
Although, after this edge of glory, Britain’s manufacturing goes through its decay, many factories close down and the buildings by the canalside lay delerict for years. Fortunately, in the 1980s, Birmingham’s City Council comes up with the project that would give those buildings another chance to shine: The Brindleyplace.
The Brindleyplace is now a large canalside complex that embraces various restaurants, pubs, cafés and leisure attractions. If it is your very first time by the Brindleyplace, we definitely recommend you to put your map/GPS away and just walk about the area letting the sight and waterways guide you throughout the journey. Delight yourself by the anchored boats and, if you fancy, take a lovely Waterbus trip.
By the Brindleyplace you’ll come across the National Sea Life Centre, the Legoland Discovery Centre, the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the Ikon Gallery, the Crescent Theatre and more – way more! With that said, the Brindleyplace is the perfect spot for those days you don’t really know what to do, nor where to go, so you simply get there and let your intuition decide it for yourself!
Holiday Home Apartments suggestion is to start walking from The Malt House Pub (The place where the then US President Bill Clinton enjoyed a pint during the 1998 G8 summit) until The Cube, which faces the Mailbox just a few metres away. At The Cube and Mailbox you will find various shops, restaurants and cafés. For added sparkle, visit the rooftop restaurant and get mesmerized by Birmingham’s skyline. Isn’t it such a pleasant stroll by the Brindleyplace? You can bet it is!