Roundhouse Birmingham

Roundhouse Birmingham and moored barge

The Roundhouse was built in 1874 and was originally stables and stores for the Birmingham Corporation. 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.

Working in partnership with the Canal & River Trust, and with development funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, plans have been drawn up to revitalise and restore the Grade II* listed building, 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.

We hope to begin work later this year. Until then local people and visitors to the city will have the chance to explore the Roundhouse through a variety of events. See the panel below for more information.

Untours tour at Roundhouse Bham

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 are Monday 7- Wednesday 9 August; Friday 25 - Monday 28 August; Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September and Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September.

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 canals and their stories around Roundhouse Birmingham

In November, we will be hosting four Winter Urban Walkshops which will provide a unique opportunity to explore the 'green corridors' around the Roundhouse. Discover local tales, histories and legends from the water and tow paths. Prices and tickets will be published soon.