1 Week Cruise
6 hours per day
Drayton Manor Park & Zoo
Gas Street Basin | Bullring Shopping Centre | International Convention Centre
This active canal boat cruise along the Warwickshire Ring begins at the Black Prince Stoke Prior base before heading up the Tardebigge flight, the longest run of locks in the UK, towards the North Stratford Canal at Kings Norton. Kings Norton boasts St Nicholas’ church, which dates from the 13th century, and three medieval buildings can be found on its green.
After taking a look around Kings Norton, you will continue to the Grand Union Canal, the longest canal in England at 286 miles.
Travelling south, you progress through the Hatton Flight, an area of 21 locks that was once a crucial highway of the Industrial Revolution. The area is now more commonly seen as a recreational area and as a corridor for wildlife.
Your journey will then take you via Warwick and Leamington Spa to Napton and Braunston. Warwick is famous for its 11th century castle, which is very popular with tourists. The castle puts on a great range of entertainment, from live actor experiences to bird shows, archery displays and jousting.
Leamington Spa is a town more popular for contemporary activities, such as live music, galleries and cinemas, whilst Napton and Braunston are both picturesque little villages.
From Braunston, you travel on the North Oxford & Coventry Canal to Fazeley. It is here you can perhaps take in the beautiful and slumberous Ashby canal or the bustling city of Coventry if you have the time.
A trip to Coventry is worthwhile to see the remains of its 14th century cathedral, which was destroyed during the Second World War. The city also features the Midland Air Museum, Herbert Art Galley and Coventry Transport Museum.
You can then head into the centre of Birmingham via Farmer’s Bridge locks. The centre of Birmingham provides a variety of cultural and modern day attractions for all of the family, including the Symphony Hall and International Convention Centre, as well as a plethora of shops, bars, restaurants, theatres and cinemas.
After travelling through Birmingham you head home, back down the Worcester & Birmingham Canal via Tardebigge.