Fradley Junction and Nature Reserve

With one of the most picturesque waterside scenes in the Midlands, Fradley Junction near Lichfield in Staffordshire is where the Coventry Canal meets the Trent and Mersey Canal. Not only can you see boats passing through this busy canal junction, but you can take the scenic route around the nature reserve to find a hidden bird hide.

Fradley Junction has supported a hive of activity on the canal over the past two centuries. The Junction, now surrounded by listed buildings, the cottages, a small warehouse, including The Swan Inn Public House and even the cross over bridge and locks are also listed. The original wharf, including the once redundant stables, carpenters’ and blacksmith shop have been converted into a café, gift shop and information centre.

Venue Type:

Environmental or ecological centre, Ship or maritime heritage site

Opening hours

This is a canalside venue and is accessible all year round.

Fradley Junction and Nature Reserve
Visitor Information Centre
Fradley Junction
Alrewas, Burton-upon-Trent
DE13 7DN


Fradley Junction Education Website



British Waterways Education Coordinator

01926 626150

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