We have more canals than Venice – you can check this for yourself; however, I have always found the comparison somewhat spurious, and at the very least we (Birmingham) must be including several out of city, and possibly silted up, branches to make up the number.
Nevertheless the canals are an attractive feature of the city, especially now they have been cleaned up. Gas Street Basin is at the centre of the city network and includes residential moorings.
As the New York Times gave us another thumbs up recently – article here – I thought I would go for a wander.
The unremarkable looking building below is the reason for the name Gas Street, Retort House was built to manufacture Town Gas from coal (brought in by barge). The building was almost demolished in the 1990’s, but refurbished when its value was recognised. Grade 2 listed it currently stands empty.
The newest addition to the Birmingham Canal side: The Cube, mixed residential, office, retail and restaurant complex.