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Chirk, Wrexham Pre-Departure Information


Marine Services
Chirk Marina
Wrexham LL14 5AD

Tel: 0044 (0)1691 774558


We look forward to welcoming you!

Thank you for your holiday booking to depart from our Chirk hire base in Wrexham, Wales, we look forward to welcoming you.

Below is some useful information to help you plan your holiday, including directions on how to find us, places to stay if you are arriving early, grocery shopping etc.

Please do not hesitate to call our team if there is anything you would like help with, on 0044 (0) 1527 575115.

Preparation & Planning


The best way to be prepared for your forthcoming trip is to read or watch watch the video on the Boaters Handbook, a guide to basic boat handling and safety by the Canal & River Trust. When you receive your handover tuition at the hire base you will be asked if you have watched/read this guide and be asked to sign handover documentation to confirm this.

Watch the Boaters Handbook Video.

It’s also good to get familiar with the operation of own narrowboats and you can do this by watching our Induction video on the link below.

Watch the Induction to a Black Prince Narrowboat Video


It’s good to have an idea of your planned route before you go, although please bear in mind that it’s good to be flexible due to the changing nature of the canals and rivers. See all the Route Options for Chirk here. If you have any particular questions about the route, places to moor up and stay etc, you can contact the base directly on the contact phone / email shown above before your trip and the team will be able to help you.

How to Find Us


NATIONAL RAIL Tel: 08457 484950 Tel: 0871 244 1545

Nearest Airport: Manchester International Tel. 0161 489 3000

Nearest Railway Station:Chirk


  • J.E.T.S. Executive Transfer Services Tel.07725 222073 (Highly recommended)
  • A1 Taxis Tel.01691 770043 / 01691 770117
  • B & L Taxis Tel.01691 776444

Approximate prices: (Prices courtesy of J.E.T.S. – subject to change)
Manchester International Airport to Chirk Marina : £65 taxi for 4 people
Liverpool Airport to Chirk Marina : £70 taxi for 4 people


From Heathrow airport, get the London underground tube to Euston station.
From Gatwick airport, get the Gatwick Express to London Victoria station, then get a London underground tube to London Euston.
From Stansted airport, get the London underground tube to London Euston.
From Euston, get a train to Shrewsbury, then change for Chirk.
Visit to plan your route on the London Underground.


Get a train to Manchester Piccadilly or Wilmslow station, then change to Shrewsbury. At Shrewsbury, change to Chirk.


M6: Exit at Junction 10A and take the M54 towards Telford. Join the A5 for Llangollen and continue until you reach the South side of Chirk. Stay on the A5 for 400 yards, until you have passed three roundabouts. You will then see a left turning with a brown tourist sign to ‘Marina’. The Marina entrance is 500 yards on the left.

From the North: Take the A483 towards Chirk and until you reach the signposts for the A5 Llangollen. At the roundabout, turn right towards Llangollen and after a short distance you will see a turning to the left with a brown tourist sign to ‘Marina’. The Marina entrance is 500 yards on the left.

When to Arrive at the Hire Base

On Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays boats are available from 2.30pm and must be returned and vacated by 9.30am. Wednesday boats are available from 9.30am and Tuesday returns are return and vacate by 2.30pm.

Included in the Price of Your Holiday

Everything you need for your boating holiday is included, such as lifejackets (if required), windlasses, mooring ropes, life ring etc. Bedlinen, towels and a dish washing-up pack is also included.

You can find a full list of what’s included in the boat inventory here.

For a list of recommended items to bring with you, please click here.

Please note that fuel is not included in the price of your holiday. This will be charged for on your return to the hire base. The average per day cost, depending on how far you travel, is approximately £18 – £20.


There are a number of good shops in Chirk, including a Spar supermarket and a large Tesco superstore can be found in nearby Cefn Mawr.

Alternatively you can pre-order a supermarket delivery to the base. Please book a slot to the base address between 10am and 2pm on the date of your departure, or before 10am if its a Wednesday start.

Please note that the freezer compartment on board is no bigger than a shoe box so best to keep freezer items to a minimum. The base will not have anywhere to keep your shopping refrigerated so bear this in mind when doing your shop and choosing a delivery slot. You do not need to order food for the whole of the holiday, there will be ample opportunity to buy food along the way and perhaps sample local produce and specialities.


Moreton Park Lodge, Gledrid, Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5DG  Tel: 01691 776666

The Hand Hotel, Chirk, Wrexham, LL14 5EY  Tel. 01691 773472
Double room £60 Single room £50 transport to the base included.

Glenwood B & B, Station Road, Chirk, Wrexham  Tel. 01691 772627
Double room £70 Single room £35 including breakfast

Handy Links

See our Frequently Asked Questions

Watch the Induction to a Black Prince Narrowboat Video

Watch the Boaters Handbook Video

Plan your journey! See all the Route Options for Chirk