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Alvechurch Marina

Cruise to Birmingham's Gas street Basin & Cambrian Wharf with it's waterside pubs and colourful boating community, and experience Britain's second city, a thriving cosmopolitan centre, with some of the finest shopping, culture and visitor attractions in Europe & visit the Black Country 26 Acre Outdoor Museum & Dudley Castle & Zoo.

Also visit Cadbury World at Bournville on the way back to the marina.

Route Info

Route Facts & Figures

Recommended Holiday
Duration : 4 nights.

Total Cruising Days : 5.00
(Partial or full days)

Total Cruising Time : 18.75 hours

Total Distance : 44.00 miles

Number of Locks : 6

Number of Tunnels : 2

Number of Aqueducts : 0

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Cruising Notes

Day 1

Once setting off from Alvechurch, you soon leave the traffic behind and cruise through lovely Worcestershire countryside to your 1st Tunnel at Wast Hills which at 2726 yards is one of the longest in the country!

For your 1st nights stop it is nice to cruise for an hour to Hopwood & then stop by Bridge 67 where there is a convenient pub- The Hopwood House, by the Canal.

Day 2

Continuing on through the Tunnel, for those with children you might want to stop at the visitor moorings at Bournville (booking is advisable),which is 1 mile north of the Kings Norton Junction . It is sign posted from the canal. There is an exhibition dedicated to the history of chocolate, audio visual displays, Victorian Birmingham and a Jungle to explore!

About 3 miles later you arrive at the Gas Street basin which is in the heart of Birmingham\\\'s canal network, and has been redeveloped into a unique experience where traditional narrow boats moor up next to cosmopolitan cafes and bars. The surrounding area is a vibrant arts & entertainment area and there are many shopping options within a short walk.
There is so much to see in Birmingham that is is worth visiting the website.

Amongst some of the attractions are the National Sea Life Centre and the Jewellery Quarter Discovery centre, also many fine Art galleries and over 500 restaurants offering every choice of food!
For shopping a visit to the new Bullring is a must, which covers an area the size of 26 football pitches and a has a huge range of shops.
Close by is the national Indoor Arena, one of the busiest large scale indoor sporting & entertainment venues in Europe.

Total cruising hours from Alvechurch to Gas Street basin is 4 ¾ hours.

Day 3

You can stay in the Gas street basin to explore the area's delights, or move on to visit the superb 26 acre outdoor Black Country Museum and the impressive ruins of Dudley castle & also visit Dudley Zoo (there are 3 locks en route), or catch a bus as they are well worth a visit.

Cruising From the Gas Street Basin take the Birmingham Main line canal, & ignore the turnings left & right. After about 3 hours cruising you will negotiate the 3 Factory locks, just after the last lock turn left down the Dudley Canal, and moor up near the 2nd turning on your left, near the Dudley Tunnel, for the Black Country Museum. Dudley Zoo & Castle are close by.

The 26 acre outdoor Museum has been built around a re-constructed canal village, with a pub, shops and an inland port. You can ride on a trolley bus or tram, try sweet making , metal working or glass cutting, experience an underground coal mine & meet the characters in the shops and houses. There is a Helter Skelter, Swing Boats and traditional fairground side stalls, a 1930's high street has been re-created- 'Between the Wars', there is a recreation of a village with pawnbroker's and cobblers shops, and cafes and fish & chip shops if you need refreshment.

You can chat to costumed characters from a bygone era and hear their stories, and discover a fascinating world where costumed characters demonstrate life in the industrial age. You need at least ½ a day to see the attractions, although a full day is really needed if you want to enjoy all there is to see & do. Throughout the year there is a changing programme of events. Open March to October 10-5, winter months closed Mon/Tues & closes at 4pm.
4 ½ hours cruising from Gas Street basin to here.

If staying for just 3 nights DAY 2 & DAY 3 will have to be done in one day!

Day 4
Day 5
Turn around here & cruise the 9 hours back to Alvechurch, maybe stopping off to do some last minute shopping in Birmingham or stopping off at Cadbury World if you missed it on Day 2.
Total 9 hours Cruising back to Alvechurch


NB: This route has been provided as a guide only. Information may become inaccurate or out of date. You should always check with the marina that the route is possible within your time frame, current weather conditions and canal stoppages etc.


The following boats operate on this route (subject to availability)

Alfred (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Barred Warbler (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Black Necked Grebe (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Brown Weaver (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Coscoroba Swan (Sleeps a maximum of 12 People).

Dusky Warbler (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Eagle Owl (Sleeps a maximum of 10 People).

Emperor Goose (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Fieldfare (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Golden Plover (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Great Owl (Sleeps a maximum of 10 People).

Herring Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Horned Lark (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Iceland Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Imperial Eagle (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Little Gull (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Red Breasted Goose (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Rock Bunting (Sleeps a maximum of 5 People).

Short Toed Eagle (Sleeps a maximum of 7 People).

Whites Thrush (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Cape Parrot (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Cymbeline (Sleeps a maximum of 8 People).

Easy Does It (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Much Ado (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Ophelia (Sleeps a maximum of 6 People).

Outward Bound (Sleeps a maximum of 4 People).

Maps and Guides

Pub Guide

Pubs available on this canal route:-

  Pub Name Pub Address Distance from Alvechurch More Info
The Crown Inn Withybed Lane, Alvechurch B48 7SQ Full Details
The Weighbridge Scarfield Wharf, Alvechurch B48 7SQ Full Details
The Hopwood House Redditch Road, Alvechurch B48 7AB 1.86 Miles Full Details
The Peacock Inn Icknleld Street, Kings Norton B38 0EH 2.93 Miles Full Details
The Bulls Head The Green, Kings Norton B38 8RU 4.52 Miles Full Details
The Navigation Wharf Road, Kings Norton Birmingham B30 3LS 4.65 Miles Full Details
The Country Girl Raddlebarn Road, Selly Oak, Birmingham B30 3DZ 5.49 Miles Full Details
The Goose 561 Bristol Road, Selly Oak B29 6AF 7.01 Miles Full Details
All Bar One Waters Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HL 9.41 Miles Full Details
Bar Epernay Wharfside Street, The Mailbox, Birmingham B1 1RQ 9.36 Miles Full Details
Pitcher And Piano The Waters Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HP 9.41 Miles Full Details
Tap And Spile Gas Street Basin, Birmingham B1 2JT 9.38 Miles Full Details
The Slug And Lettuce The Waters Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham B1 2HL 9.41 Miles Full Details
Tenth Lock 183 Delph Road, Brierley Hill, Dudley DY5 2TY 10.89 Miles Full Details
The Bottle And Glass Inn The Black Country Museum DY1 4SQ 12.91 Miles Full Details
The Barge And Barrel The Barge And Barrel Factory Road, Tipton DY4 9AU 13.36 Miles Full Details

NB: Distances are as the crow flies and will vary for actual canal boating travel distance.


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