Roundhouse Birmingham

Roundhouse Birmingham and moored barge

Roundhouse Birmingham was built in 1874 and was originally stables and stores. Designed by local architect W.H. Ward, the horseshoe shaped building quickly became a real landmark in the city, but over the last 10 years it has been falling into disrepair. Supporters have the opportunity to visit the Roundhouse and to hear more about the role it plays in Birmingham this summer.

The Grade ll* listed building will be revitalised and restored, offering a base from which to explore Birmingham's canal network, a cycle hire and repair workshop and a shared working space for conservation organisations.

Until work begins later this year, local people and visitors to the city will have the chance to explore Roundhouse through a variety of events. See the panels below for more information.

Roundhouse Birmingham Untours

An Urban Safari from The Roundhouse

During August and September, enjoy a guided tour of The Roundhouse, a canal boat trip on a heritage narrowboat to Icknield Port Loop and a walk back to The Roundhouse on the towpaths led by a Birmingham Ranger or Canal & River Trust ecologist,looking at the wildlife and nature on route. Dates and tickets on sale soon.

Roundhouse Birmingham and moored barge

A hidden gem at the heart of the canal network

The unique style and shape of Roundhouse Birmingham was the result of a design competition organised by the Birmingham Corporation. It was won by famed local architect WH Ward, and in 1874 was completed as stabling for some of the many horses which worked the canals. Its distinctive horseshoe shape was immediately popular.

A view of The Roundhouse and tow paths

Walkshops explore the towpaths and their stories around Roundhouse Birmingham

From September until the end of the year, we will be hosting twice daily walkshops to explore the 'green corridors' around Roundhouse. Discover local tales, histories and legends which are water and tow path based. Prices and tickets available soon.