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Worcestershire Canal Boat Hire

Explore Worcestershire onboard a Black Prince boat

One of our guests’ favourite – a canal boat holiday in Worcestershire which takes you straight to the heartland of historic England. It’s a very British trip in a region that offers a wealth of history and variety on the waterways, from scenic English countryside to bustling towns and cities, with River Severn boat hire being a particularly popular pastime.

From our hire base in Stoke Prior, you can choose to gently cruise along relaxing routes such as the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, the Stratford Canal, and the Oxford Canal taking life at a leisurely pace or you can head towards historic towns and learn more about the industrial heritage of the waterways.

Top attractions in Worcestershire

There are lots of attractions to visit from our Worcester canal boat hire base – just remember that you will need to build in time to your canal boat holiday to stop off. You may need longer than just a 3 or 4 night weekend or midweek break if you want to take time out from narrow boat cruising to visit the attractions, so we would recommend a week’s rental or longer.

  • Along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, you can stop off at Worcester Marina and Worcester City and visit the impressive cathedral, Royal Worcester factory shops, and the Tudor House museum.
  • Stourport Canal Basin – brilliant for boat fanatics, you’ll find narrowboats and yachts against a backdrop of historic Georgian warehouses. Take time to visit the Heritage Room which offers guided tours.
  • The River Severn – a picturesque river, easy to cruise, easy to access on holidays in Worcester from the Worcester hire base.
  • Kinver Edge – a high sandstone ridge and hill fort overlooking dramatic red sandstone rock houses located close to the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal.
  • Tardebigge Flight – the longest flight of locks in the UK on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal overlooking the beautiful Worcestershire countryside.
  • Droitwich Ring – this pretty canal holiday short break is easily reached from our Worcester base at Stoke Prior and is perfect for a midweek or weekend break.
Worcestershire canal boat holidays

Nearby attractions

  • What could be more British than the home of Shakespeare, Stratford-Upon-Avon. Take trips direct from the canal to see Shakespeare’s Theatre and Mary Arden’s House.
  • Birmingham is a bustling city with the Bullring shopping centre, Gas Street Basin, and Botanical Gardens. You can cruise along the Worcester and Birmingham Canal on your boat holiday to the heart of this city.
  • One of our favourites is Cadbury World, located alongside the Worcester and Birmingham Canal. Enjoy a tasty tour around this world-famous chocolate factory.
  • Warwick & Leamington Spa are historic towns on the edge of the waterways, your holiday from Worcester makes these easy nearby attractions to visit on your boat holiday.
  • Warwick Castle is a fun interactive tourist attraction with a great range of entertainment, from live actor experiences to bird shows, archery displays and jousting.
River Avon in Stratford upon Avon

Length of holidays in Worcestershire

You can enjoy short breaks of three or four nights in this area, this could be a weekend break in Worcestershire or a mid week break, or longer holidays of seven, ten, eleven or fourteen nights.

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Worcestershire canal boat hire base

The Black Prince Worcestershire canal boat hire base is located at Hanbury Wharf in Stoke Prior. From here you can enjoy narrowboat rentals to explore the local area, plus travel further afield to other regions such as Warwickshire and Gloucestershire. We offer pet-friendly boats from this hire base for Worcestershire narrowboat holidays, as long as you declare your pet when you hire canal boats (as we also have non-pet friendly boats).

To book a canal book holiday here simply choose ‘Stoke Prior / Worcestershire’ in the holiday search box to book securely online, or call our team on 0044 (0)1527 575115

Canals to cruise from Stoke Prior, Worcestershire

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