A Guide to the Best Attractions on Your Canal Boat Holiday
Click the numbers to discover the best things to see and do...
Click the numbers to discover the best things to see and do...
Built by Edwin Clark in 1875, this is one of only two working boat lifts in the U.K. There is also a free exhibition about the history of the lift.
Bingley Five-rise lock staircase is the located on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. This unique 5-rise staircase has a total rise of 60 feet.
Through this self-guided exhibition tour you will discover the history, the making and the magic of Cadbury confectionery through fourteen different zones.
Location: Scotland (Falkirk)
The Falkirk Wheel was opened by the Queen in May 2002. It is the world’s only rotating boatlift and is the height of eight double-decker buses.
Harecastle Tunnel is actually two tunnels, Brindley and Telford - today only the Telford tunnel is navigable. Telford is 2,675 metres long. The tunnel is only wide enough to carry traffic in one direction at a time and boats are sent through in groups.
The Hatton Locks are a flight of 21 locks on the Grand Union Canal in Hatton, Warwickshire. The flight spans less than 2 miles of canal, and has a total rise of 45 metres.
Morecambe Bay has some of the most beautiful coastline in Britain and is a great place to experience amazing sunsets, discover natural landscapes and unearth your adventurous side with an incredible range of exhilarating outdoor activities.
The Norfolk Broads have been coined ‘Britain’s Magical Waterland’ which represents the mystic beauty of the rivers. The Broads is the only National Park in the UK with a city in it.
This is the largest aqueduct in Britain and has been nicknamed 'the stream in the sky.' Built in 1805 by architects Thomas Telford and William Jessop, Pontcysyllte’s cast iron aqueduct is now a World Heritage Site.
The Regent's Park covers 395 acres and includes Queen Mary's Gardens which features more than 12,000 roses of 400 varieties. The park also houses the Open Air Theatre, London Zoo, Primrose Hill, the country's largest free to access waterfowl collection and 100 species of wild bird.
Standedge Tunnel is Britain's longest canal tunnel and located beneath the beautiful Pennine countryside. The former canal warehouse has been converted into a Visitor Centre, telling the story of the canal and the tunnel.
Known as Britain's prettiest Canal village! In and around Stoke Bruerne you’ll find the Blisworth Tunnel, historic locks and bridges, a weighing machine, winding hole and traditional canal pubs – all the features of a living canal village.
Stratford-upon-Avon is the town where William Shakespeare was born and is buried. Every year, millions of people celebrate his life and work by visiting the town.Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace to walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and explore the house where he was born and grew up.
The 30 locks into Tardebiggie Flight makes it the largest flight in Britain, and raise the Worcester & Birmingham canal up 220 feet through some delightful rolling countryside just southeast of Bromsgrove
Location: Stockton on Tees
Offering various types of exhilarating activities such as white water rafting, white water kayakaing and powerboating. Those who prefer more tranquil activities can utilise the sailing, canoeing and bellboating opportunities. The course underwent a £4.6 million re-development, which has transformed it into a world class facility.
Windsor Castle has been the family home to British kings and queens for over 1,000 years.It is the largest and oldest occupied Castle in the world and it’s where Her Majesty The Queen chooses to spend most of her private weekends.
A 235 foot long engineering masterpiece, built to carry the Bridgewater Canal over the Manchester Ship Canal. It is considered a major feat of Victorian civil engineering and it attracts navigational enthusiasts from all around the world.
Situated on a high rock, Nottingham Castle commands spectacular views over the city. There is also a museum, shop, cafe and a medieval playground within its grounds. Whilst on your visit you can also enjoy six acres of Victorian inspired grounds and gardens.
Location: County Fermanagh
The ruins of an ancient church are found near the shore of White Island, built on the site of an earlier monastic settlement. The island is best known for its eight carved figures that sit in a line along the interior north wall of the church. Most were carved between 800 and 1000 A.D.
Location: Northern Ireland
This forest provides a range of short walks through a pretty woodland surrounded by Lower Lough Erne. The site is an important conservation forest with bird sanctuaries and visiting red deer. Two main features are the Old Castle and Lough Shore Jetty.
With over half a million incredible artworks in its collection, the Fitzwilliam Museum is one of the most impressive regional museums in Europe, presenting world history and art from as far back as 2500 BC to the present day. There are also 40 acres of beautiful gardens.
Originally laid out in 1836, the Gardens are listed by English Heritage as a Grade II site and contain a number of listed buildings, including the stunning glass pavilions. This 19-acre site is a green haven within the city, providng outstanding plant collections making them a centre for horticultural excellence.
Location: Richmond upon Thames
Commissioned by William III, this is the UK's oldest surviving yew hedge maze. It is constructed on a third of an acre, with half a mile of paths, within 60 acres of riverside gardens.
This UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe. The Roman Baths attracts around one million visitors a year – making it one of the most visited heritage attractions in the United Kingdom.
The award-winning Beatles Story is the world's largest permanent exhibition purely devoted to the lives and times of The Beatles. The Beatles Story takes visitors on an atmospheric journey through the lives, times, culture and music of The Beatles.
The UK's largest railway museum's collection includes over 1,000,000 objects from over 300 years of railway history. There are plenty of family activites and exhibitions to see.
This World Heritage Site is almost 850 hectares and comprises a unique water garden, elegant temples and statues, which take full advantage of the natural landscape.
Antony Gormley's sculptures on Crosby beach are known as 'Another Place'. These spectacular sculptures consist of 100 cast-iron, life-size figures spread out along the foreshore, stretching almost one kilometre out to sea.
One of Europe’s finest Gothic buildings, once the tallest in the world, dominates Lincoln's skyline. The Cathedral dates from 1072 and is filled with intricate detail. Guided tower tours offer spectacular 360 degree views across Lincoln and Lincolnshire
Location: Boston (Lincolnshire)
Frampton Marsh is at the leading edge of visitor and habitat nature conservation planning. They have designed every aspect of the new habitats and facilities to maximise the value for wildlife and the opportunities for visitors
The Japanese garden, built with inspiration of the flowing hills and fields of Japan, is a place of peace and beauty including a pagoda, a Zen garden and a Japanese tea-house. During weekend evenings in August and September the garden is lit by traditional Japanese lanterns.
Dating back to medieval times, this splendid Church of England cathedral features magnificent 14th and 15th century stained glass, stonework and elaborate tombs. Experience the best sightseeing in York from the top of York Minster's Central Tower. Climbing the central tower is one of the most popular activities in York. See beautiful views over the York rooftops and surrounding Yorkshire countryside.
Visit this medieval castle and discover 1,000 years of fascinating history, brought to life with spectacular live entertainment. There's plenty to do, including visiting the castle dungeon, the Horrible Histories maze and seeing the word's largest catapult.
Location: Bishops Stortford
You can enjoy picking your own fruit and vegetables, then go into the Tea Barn for some refreshments or lunch before browsing the local produce in the shop.
The Gibberd Garden is a Grade II listed garden where every turn reveals another aspect or a work of art. The garden has formal lawns, pools, streams and glades, a brookside walk with a waterfall, a wild garden, a moated castle with drawbridge and a Barn Tearoom.
Location: Hemel Hempstead
Frithsden Vineyard is a boutique English vineyard and winery. Take a tour of the vineyard, taste the wines, browse our shop and relax at the winery café.
The home to the Rugby Football Union, Twickenham Stadium hosts international matches for the England national team, club rugby matches and a range of events such as music concerts. The World of Rugby Museum is located within the stadium.
Silchester Roman Town was never reused or resetled after the departure of the Romans. Therefore it provides an unaltered example of a Roman town. The town site is surrounded by a 3rd century wall roughly 1.5 miles in length, one of the best preserved original Roman town walls in Britain.
Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world. Set within 12 acres of beautiful award-winning gardens, visitors will come face-to-face with over 400 species of animals from the four corners of the globe.
Chester Zoo is the largest zoo in the UK with 20,000 animals in 125 acres of award-winning zoological gardens. It has been named as the best zoo in the UK by Tripadvisor.
The last 5.5 miles of the Coventry canal, from Hawkesbury junction to the city basin, has been developed and transformed into the City’s longest park. The park contains an art trail, pocket parks, heritage trail and towpath improvements.
There are areas of open grass, ideal for family picnics. The area as a whole is unique, with its variety of historical features, water pools, wild flowers and birds utilising the quiet canal route. The area houses the Nature Reserve Visitor Centre.
The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum opened on the 28th October 1978 – the 250th anniversary of Cook’s birth. The museum tells the story of one of the world’s greatest navigators and mariners through themed display galleries, temporary exhibitions, associated activities and events.
The beauty of Raglan Castle, otherwise known as the Yellow Tower of Gwent, can be seen for miles around the countryside. It is surrounded by a moat, which is crossable by bridge from the main castle.
Founded in 1860 as the centre for scientific study at the University of Oxford, the Museum of Natural History now holds the University’s internationally significant collections of geological and zoological specimens.
Catanger Llamas don’t just trek, they also breed llamas and during the summer months you can visit the mums and babies. Inside the log cabin visitor centre, you can see a range of goods made from llama fibre alongside many other llama related gifts.
Location: Woodstock (Oxfordshire)
Birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, this is a true masterpiece of 18th Century Baroque architecture. Discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site amongst over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and Formal Gardens. The family area offers a giant hedge maze, butterfly house and adventure playground.
Location: Leamington Spa
Disc golf is played much like traditional golf. Instead of a ball and clubs, however, players use a flying disc. Beginners are welcome here, and a group of 4 adults of average ability should allow 2 hours to play 18 holes. It can take considerably longer if the group is large and/or people lose discs.
The award winning Yorkshire Wildlife Park occupies 70 acres of a 260 acre site, offering a unique view into the world of animals with walkthough areas including Lemur Woods and Wallaby Walkabout and South America Viva.
Newark Castle and Gardens are pretty, formal gardens bordered by the remaining walls of Newark Castle which was partly destroyed in 1646 at the end of the English Civil War. The Castle Gardens are Grade II listed by English Heritage and Green Flag awarded.
Gas Street Basin is the the heart of Britain's canal network. Have a look at the traditional narrowboats and enjoy the vibrant arts and entertainment of the local area.
Visitors can take a boat trip through historical sites passing traditional narrow boats and homes. The museum is spread over a few Victorian buildings and there is a collection of historic boats.
Stoke-on-Trent (otherwise known as The Potteries) has been officially recognised as the World Capital of Ceramics. There are plenty of museums and collections to be seen, and the chance to make your own pottery.
Location: Wiltshire, Kennet & Avon Canal
The Caen Hill Locks (pronounced 'cane') are the longest continuous flight of locks in the country
Location: Kennet & Avon Canal
Built over the River Avon, the Dundas Aqueduct is a grade I listed building and in 1951was the first canal structure to be designated as an Scheduled Ancient Monument
Location: Scotland, Falkirk
The world's largest equine sculptures were built in only 90 days, despite being 300 tonnes each and 30 metres high. Based on Scottosh folklore, Kelpies are shape-changing aquatic spirits with the strength and endurance of 100 horses
Location: Scotland, Falkirk
Designed by Scotsman Thomas Telford, the Avon Aqueduct is the second-longest aqueduct in Britain at a length of 247m. It carries the Edinburgh & Glasgow Union Canal east-west on the River Avon.
Kinver Edge has stunning scenary and views, a wildlife haven and unique homes carved straight into the rock which are thought to be the inspiration for Tolkien's 'hobbit holes' in Lord of the Rings.
Coventry has had three cathedrals. The first was St Mary's, only a few ruins of which remain. The second was St Michael's that remains a ruined shell after its bombing during the Second World War. The third is the new St Michael's Cathedral.
Alton Towers is a theme park, water park, and hotel complex in Staffordshire.
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