One of the best ways to see Birmingham is by water, a series of artificial canals created as the "motorways" of their day during the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century. These waters, still in good shape after 2 centuries or more, cut across deep valleys on high aqueducts and embankments. Boats sailed on them, carrying finished products or raw materials. Departures of sightseeing boats are from the International Convention Centre Quayside, taking you on 1-hour tours of Birmingham from the water. The city scenically passes in review before you.