Boasting more canals than Venice (56km to be precise), Birmingham is a popular destination for narrowboat holiday-makers, with plenty of visitor moorings available in heart of the city.
The City’s key attractions include: The Mailbox and Bullring shopping centres; the Sea Life Centre at Brindley Place; Cadbury World; Birmingham Science Museum; the Jewellery Quarter; Ikon Gallery; the Balti Triangle; and the Black Country Living Museum.
As well as offering fantastic shops, restaurants, museums and theatre, this month, Birmingham is hosting its annual Food Festival (13-19 July) and the International Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival (6-15 July).
And this summer the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery will display the UK’s largest ever exhibition of ancient Egyptian artefacts on loan from the British Museum. The Pharoah: King of Egypt exhibition will be from 14 July to 14 October 2012.
Canal boat holidays to Birmingham are available from a number of Drifters bases. Hire a canal boat from Tardebigge or Alvechurch and you can reach Birmingham on a short break. Or travel to Birmingham on a week-long canal boat holiday from Napton, Stoke Prior and Gailey.
Birmingham is on a number of the canal rings, including The Black Country Ring and the Warwickshire Ring.
2012 canal boat hire prices start at £330 for a short break and £470 for a week.