Gas Street Basin
Gas Street Basin
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Once a thriving port, this area where several canals meet offers colorful canal boats, bars, cafes and restaurants.
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Agatha D
Chester, UK192 contributions
Feb 2020
On a short break in Birmingham, we had planned to enjoy some drinks and a meal out in the city somewhere. As we were not saying in the city centre, but a little out in the suburbs, we needed to choose somewhere to walk to from the city centre. The Jewellery Quarter or Gas St Canal Basin seemed to be the two options.
We chose Gas St, but I was disappointed.
The canals are lovely, and if we'd been visiting in Spring/Summer and enjoying warmer weather, it would be a much nicer area to wander.
However, the vast array of restaurants on offer were all chains - the kind of place where you can eat anywhere else in the country. We have Wagamama, Cafe Rouge, All Bar One, Prezzo and all the rest back in our home city. I was really hoping for some character. The one pub we found was extraordinarily expensive too. It cost me £19 for a round of drinks, two beers and two non-alcoholic, and two crisps.
It left me wondering where is the real heart of Birmingham, in terms of bars/restaurants - as it defintely isn't here.
Written February 19, 2020
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bennydinesout
Greater London, UK417 contributions
Feb 2023
A surprisingly short walk from the city centre (less than 10 minutes) bought us to this canal side district full of restaurants and bars. One of the more pleasant areas of Birmingham. We were there on a Saturday and the area was quite busy.
Written March 1, 2023
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ShaunH290
London, UK2,329 contributions
May 2022
Good to see the old industrial heritage developed into a great community and tourist resource. We walked from the Mailbox, passing the BBC building and the old canal buildings, looking at the plaques and maps on the way on a very sunny day. We took a few photos and noted the recent addition of a "possible Banksy" painting on a wall.
Written May 23, 2022
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Julie P
United Kingdom1,780 contributions
Sep 2022
What a great job they've done on restoring this area of the city and giving back an important part of the industrial past. We walked from the basin both ways to the Mailbox and then to the Roundhouse and Farmer's Locks to get different perspectives. There were boats moored and using the canals, boat trips, walkers, joggers and visitors. There are also places to eat. You can cross over via a number of footbridges to get different views.
Written September 26, 2022
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Wombling_Free_7548
Bristol, UK2,079 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Picturesque initially and made a nice change from the surrounding tower blocks. But two things to be aware of. The paths are very slippery in the rain so not good if you are unsteady on your feet. And it’s quite dirty, with rubbish strewn around. Perhaps we caught it on an off day.
Written July 31, 2022
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L_K1509
London, UK1,332 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
The canal paths are interesting and in places have historic buildings. I was expecting the area to be considerable bigger and not so commercial, most of the restaurants are chains.

MAILBOX is just a small shopping mall. With some chain restaurants outside.

Okay if passing through. Probably better in the summer.
Written March 10, 2022
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Richard Harbroe W
Seaford, UK37 contributions
Aug 2020
It's always been historic, this near-mythical thing called Gas Street Basin. Back in the 1970s it was quite run down and very trad in fact and feel, so much so that emerging into Broad Street was a culture shock.
Now it's tidied up, well lit, safe, well visited. there are very modern buildings contrasting with the old. Narrowboats abound. It has a charm and there's history still there.
Written October 9, 2020
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Tubbytummy
London, UK367 contributions
Mar 2022 • Couples
Nice enough location with pleasant walk around the canals. Could be quit romantic if on a date. Visited during the day and noticed lots of bars so not sure what night time feel is. Visit if your are in the area
Written March 13, 2022
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Constantine C
Stamford, UK16 contributions
May 2022
This place is discussing. Derelict buildings and the canal water was full of rubbish. Under bridges and out-of-the-way places had been used as a toilet by some discussing individuals. Not a place to be frequenting on a dark night. Unnerving to say the least.
Written May 19, 2022
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Ian H
Lichfield, UK51 contributions
Aug 2021
We found what is a new place to us.. The Canalside Bar. Just stopped for a couple of beers during our walk around town. Great ale - Salopian Oracle. Next time we’ll grab a bite to eat. I believe the folks running it are Spanish (but don’t quote me in case they’re Portuguese…) The four was for the Gas St basin in General. I’d give the cafe five…..Buena suerte
Written September 2, 2021
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