Black Prince’s Top Tips for a Great British Narrowboat Adventure

With over 40 years’ experience of the UK’s waterways, Black Prince knows all the best places to explore. Whether you’re a newbie to narrowboats or an expert on the water, there’s plenty to discover and learn.

The Avon Ring, which connects the towns of Stratford-upon-Avon, Evesham and Worcester features some of the most picturesque locations in the country and even The Telegraph agrees! Not only does it make for an easy and relaxed holiday, the route is full of rich, English culture.

Discover the fascinating world of Shakespeare as you step off your canal boat at Stratford-upon-Avon, a historic town with perfectly-aging architecture and home to the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company.

Shakespeare Stratford Upon Avon

The Oxford Canal from Napton to Coventry is another popular route, with the ultimate destination being Birmingham, passing through Hawksbury Junction and the Coventry Canal in the meantime.

Stop off along the way at the typical canal village of Braunston, which owns a vast array of traditional old pubs, boat chandlery firms and little souvenir shops. The canal once carried enormous amounts of limestone, grain salt, coal and steel through to London.

If you’re looking to soak up some history along your narrowboat holiday and stretch your legs, Cambridge is the perfect place to moor up. You can take in the stunning architecture and have a relaxing picnic in the park, or head into the city centre and take in a theatre performance or some live music.


If you’re after something a little further afield, then the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland is a must-see and educational for the children at the same time. The wheel, in place since 2002, is the only rotating boat lift of its kind in the world and is truly spectacular to see in action.

Falkirk Wheel, Scotland


Take a look at our LOCATIONS page to start planning your narrowboat holiday.

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