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Chirk Narrowboat Base


Based on the breathtaking Llangollen Canal in North Wales, Chirk’s canal boat hire marina is situated near the National Trust site of the stunning Chirk Castle.

Chirk canal boat hire offers a variety of cruising options, from access to the Four Counties Ring to easier short breaks along the Llangollen Canal.

A narrow boat holiday on the Llangollen Canal is perfect for those looking for a lock free short break. You can see the best of the Llangollen Canal, crossing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and cruising along the Dee Valley, lock free – but you have to have a head for heights!

Routes from
Chirk Base


Chester & Return


Llangollen & Whitchurch


Llangollen Canal


Four Counties Ring


Marine Services, Chirk Marina,
Chirk, Wrexham LL14 5AD


Chester and return canal boat holiday

112 Miles
70 Locks
1 Week Cruise
9 hours per day

Llangollen and Whitchurch canal boat holiday

60 Miles
4 Locks
1 Week Cruise
4 hours per day

Llangollen Canal Boat Holiday

88 Miles
42 Locks
1 Week Cruise
7 hours per day

Four Counties Ring canal boat holiday

187 Miles
136 Locks
2 Week Cruise
7 hours per day

Chirk Short Route

Locks: 4
16hrs return


Below are the boat types that are available to hire from this base. When you start your holiday search all the boat options and dates that closely match your desired departure date and party number will be presented to you.

Sat 2.30pm – Tues 2.30pm | Wed 9.30am – Sat 9.30am

Duchess 2Princess 2 | Princess 4 | Shakespeare 4 | Duchess 4 | Lautrec 4 | Princess 6 | Duchess 6 | Duchess 6 Signature | Duchess 8

Fri 2.30pm – Mon 9.30am | Mon 2.30pm – Fri 9.30am

Princess 4 |Princess 4 SignatureDuchess 4 | Lautrec 4 | Duchess 8 | Duchess 8 Signature

Chirk Reviews:

Adrian ParryAdrian Parry
20:37 22 Aug 22
Had a wonderful week on Black Prince Amelie.Slight mishap with a cooker glass top exploding - ideally shouldve shut off gas but nobody hurt.Will definitely use again.
Stephen RossStephen Ross
07:07 13 Aug 21
Great holiday on an incredible canal. The marina staff were very helpful and the boat was really clean and well set up. We'd definitely choose Black Prince holidays again.
Richard MichaelRichard Michael
08:19 10 Jul 21
Nice people, well run boatyard. Llangollen canal is beautiful and Chirk is ideally placed.
kelvin goldenkelvin golden
04:31 16 Sep 20
Boats great , a certain member of staff rude nearly spoilt holiday
07:30 21 Jul 19
We had a super holiday in an almost new and very comfortable boat. Very proffesional and helpful people, good advices regarding where and what to do. The children loved it!
george gleavegeorge gleave
03:15 11 Jul 19
Very nice place, lovely and peaceful. Good views.


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

National Rail Enquiries: 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

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.

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.


Call today on ++44 (0)1527 575 115 and a Black Prince team member will be happy to help!

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