Located in the heart of England, just southeast of Birmingham, Warwickshire is an area steeped in culture and history. Lose yourself in the quiet countryside, cruising past small picturesque villages, or head to the historic towns of Royal Leamington Spa, Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon to soak up the atmosphere of times gone by. Stratford upon Avon is of course famous as the birthplace of William Shakespeare, and here you can visit his former home and the theatre in the town.
Staffordshire Canal boat hire base
Black Prince offer two canal boat hire bases in Warwickshire, one at Napton on the Hill, Southam, and one at Warwickshire Clifton upon Dunsmore Rugby. Perfect for short breaks or longer canal boat holidays, these bases offer a large number of interesting routes. The Warwickshire Ring, for the more energetic, contrasts the beautiful countryside around Warwick with city life and industry through Birmingham and Spaghetti Junction.
Royal Leamington Spa – often described as ‘the best bits of London, all in a ten-minute walk’, this Victorian spa town is a must-do on your Warwickshire Ring trip.
Warwick Castle – a fun attraction that brings history to life in a very dynamic way with live jousting and sword-fighting.
The Hatton Flight – this ‘Stairway to Heaven’ is a 2-mile corridor of twenty-one locks and excellent for lovers of wildlife so take your time and enjoy the views!
Kings Norton – pop in to see the 13th century church and several medieval buildings. The town also has historic significance as the center of Civil War skirmishes.
Stratford Upon Avon – moor opposite the theatre and visit birthplace of the playwright William Shakespeare.
Stratford upon Avon
Enjoy a shopping day in Birmingham, where you can also take in the University, Botanical Gardens or Cadbury World, depending on your area of interest.
Ashby Canal is renowned for being one of the most peaceful canals on the waterways.
Further up the Ashby Canal, just before Snarestone there’s the Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre, which celebrates the battle in which King Richard III lost his life.
Visit Coventry to see the remains of the 14th century cathedral, which was destroyed during World War II.
The market towns of Hinckley and Market Bosworth are worth a visit on this route. Hinckley market, which recently celebrated its 700th birthday, claims to be the best in the country – you’ll have to visit for yourself to see!
Stoke Bruerne offers some nice pubs and a great canal museum – a good stop for children and adults alike to soak up some waterways history.