Stoke Prior canal boat hire

Begin your narrowboat adventure in the Midlands

Situated in a lovely spot, Stoke Prior is a canal boat hire base that offers plenty of options. Enjoy a relaxing short break on one of our luxury narrowboats to Worcester and the Black Country and take in the new Droitwich ring, or choose from a variety of routes through the black country in southern England and along the Stourport Ring, the Avon Ring and the Warwickshire Ring, where you can visit cities via routes like the Birmingham Canal and Stratford-Upon-Avon. For those that like a challenge the Tardebigge locks are nearby – the longest flight of locks in UK canal history, totalling 30! 

Routes from Stoke Prior Base

Canal route maps Worcestershire


Hanbury Road, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B60 4LA 


Stourport Ring canal boat holiday

76 Miles
105 Locks
1 Week Cruise
6 hours per day

Stourton and return canal boat holiday

76 Miles
82 Locks
1 Week Cruise
7 hours per day

Avon Ring canal boat holiday

120 Miles
130 Locks
2 Week Cruise
5 hours per day

Warwickshire Ring canal boat holiday

130 Miles
190 Locks
2 Week Cruise
6 hours per day

Mid-Worcestershire Ring

Total Locks: 46
Total Cruising Time: 20 hrs
Worcester canal boat short break route

Worcester & Return Short Route

Total locks: 46
Total cruising time: 14hrs

Narrowboats Available to hire from Stoke Prior

Below are the boat types that are available for narrowboat holidays from this base, including our range of luxury narrowboats. When you start your narrowboat holidays search, all the boat options and dates that closely match your desired departure date and party number will be presented to you.


Princess 2Duchess 2Princess 4 SignatureShakespeare 4Duchess 4Lautrec 4Princess 6 Signature

Duchess 6 SignatureDuchess 6Duchess 8


Princess 4 SignatureDuchess 4 | Duchess 6


Premier Inn, Worcester Road, Upton Warren, Bromsgrove, B61 7ET Tel: 0870 990 6408
Double and single rooms – from £55. Rate does not include breakfast.

The Vernon, Droitwich Road, Hanbury, Worcs. B60 4DB Tel. 01527 821236

National Rail Enquiries: Tel: 08457 484950 Tel: 0871 244 1545
Nearest Airport: Birmingham International – Tel. 0121 767 5511
Nearest Railway Station:Bromsgrove / Droitwich (a little further but with a taxi rank)


Approximate prices: (Prices courtesy of BNC Taxis – subject to change)
Birmingham New Street to Stoke Prior: £40
Birmingham International Airport to Stoke Prior: £50
London Heathrow Airport / Manchester airport to Stoke Prior: £200
London Gatwick Airport / Stansted Airport to Stoke Prior: £240

There is a large Morrison’s supermarket near the base with a petrol station

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 London Euston, there is a train to Birmingham New Street station. You can then get a train to Bromsgrove.
Visit to plan your route on the London Underground.

Get a train to Birmingham New Street station, and then get a train to Bromsgrove.

M5: Exit at Junction 5 and take the A38 North towards Bromsgrove. After approximately 2 ½ miles, turn right at the traffic lights into Hanbury Road (B4091). After the railway bridge, the base is just past the Navigation Pub on the left before you get to the canal bridge.From the South: M40 motorway then M42 (West) onto M5 (South). Exit at Junction 5 and proceed as

Stoke Prior Reviews

Philip PricePhilip Price
11:40 14 Sep 22
Not an actual customer but we called in here overnight as we had a problem with internal flooding in the boat we had hired from Anglo Welsh at Tardebigge. The staff at Black Prince were very helpful, pumping us out as soon as they arrived in the morning, refilled our water tank, gave us kettles of hot water so we could wash up and refused to take any payment even though Anglo Welsh were going to reimburse us. They also looked after the person from Anglo Welsh who came to dry us out. Great people!
Nicola SutcliffeNicola Sutcliffe
08:41 09 Sep 22
Absolutely loved my first ever canal boat holiday with Black Prince Holidays. Really friendly team. Enjoyed the locks most 👍👍
Ziggy StefanovicZiggy Stefanovic
12:58 31 Aug 22
Absolutely love this stretch of the Canal..So calm.Their boats look fab!
Ian BaileyIan Bailey
19:07 12 Aug 22
Great Staff and procedures to get people on their way quickly. went canal barging during a Very hot week so planning of stop offs essential for liquid breaks
Trevor FieldTrevor Field
21:43 04 Jun 22
Brilliant hand over for our 2 week canal trip around the Avon ring. Beautiful boat too.
Lisa CrewLisa Crew
18:01 21 Apr 22
We took a 4 day break with Black Prince on one of their Duchess 4 narrow boats last week. Our welcome was very warm and the induction was informative and made me feel confident with the way that the boat needed to be maintained, how to tackle locks and our guide helped us to plan our whole route. The holiday was one of the most relaxing that I have ever known; keeping busy on the 46 lock route meant that I was tired in the evenings and slept better than I have I have in years, but the scenery and sedentary pace of the whole thing made me distress within hours of first setting off. The boat itself was very clean, well laid out and had everything that we needed, all in excellent order. I recommend this company as one that delivers on its promises.
Martyn StubbsMartyn Stubbs
18:06 09 Sep 21
Picked up boat small induction off we went no problem. Clean boat. Rudder came off we rang black Prince someone was with us in 15 mins 10 minutes fixed on our way no problem. We throughly enjoyed ourselves. We will be back thankyou.
Anthony MorganAnthony Morgan
17:04 02 Sep 21
This is the 5th time we have been away with Black Prince but the first time from Stoke Pior. Can't fault their service. This is the first time we have been given a map of our journey with advice on where to Moor and not Moor, pump outs etc. Really friendly and helpful staff. Definitely would recommend Black Prince if you want to try a canal boat holiday. Their boats are always clean and are very modern.
Proud British Vet-086Proud British Vet-086
11:18 12 Aug 21
I cannot Thank Black Prince at Stoke Prior enough. Especially Bob.These guys went above and beyond, to help me out of a sticky situation I found myself in, due to a breakdown, and waterpump drive belt failure.Without their very kind assistance I would have been somewhat stuck.It's people like this that really do make boating such a pleasure.My Sincere Thanks.Kind Regards Martin and DiNB Fragil
Gavin ParkesGavin Parkes
11:54 18 Jul 21
Recently returned from a narrowboat holiday. Cannot fault the service that Black Prince deliver. We had a small problem with the toilet on the first day and within an hour an engineer was with us on the canal to fix it. Brilliant. This is our first holiday after lockdown has been eased and Black Prince are showing true professionalism with additional cleaning and measures that made us feel very safe. Highly recommended.
jake cooperjake cooper
08:53 23 Oct 20
Great holiday experience. Good brief given for beginner narrow boaters, route planned with helpful pointers and tips.Narrow boat was modern and full of great amenities. WiFi was hit and miss, this was mentioned during the initial brief. Easy to pilot.
Martin MusgraveMartin Musgrave
15:55 18 Aug 18
We've just got back from a two week canal holiday using Black Prince narrow boats in Bromsgrove and had an amazing time belly laughing most days at or with other boaters. We turned up to be greeted by all staff and treated like royalty. Friendly and helpful staff showed us to our boat "Daisy", had our tour of boat and we were off. The boat was beautifully maintained, clean and very see worthy. On our return we were greeted with the same enthusiasm by staff and given a gift to remind us of our trip.Having used ABC on our other two trips, Black Prince was by far the best canal boat company we have used.Want a trip on a canal, you can't go wrong with these people.