Narrowboat Hire – Stratford-upon-Avon Canal

Take a hire boat holiday down the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal through enchanting ‘Heart of England’ countryside and the Forest of Arden, a landscape filled with Shakespearean links and historic villages, to arrive outside the world-famous Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon itself, overlooking the beautiful River Avon.

  • The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal is fairly short (25 miles, 3 days to cruise) and from its junction in the Birmingham suburbs with the Worcester and Birmingham Canal it falls gently down 53 locks across quiet rolling countryside and watermeadows to the Avon and Stratford-upon-Avon itself.
  • At Kingswood Junction at Lapworth there’s a short spur to the nearby Grand Union Canal which provides an alternative route back into Birmingham. Watch out for the unusual barrel-roofed lock cottages along the canal.
  • Bearly aqueduct is the largest of three interesting aqueducts where the canal runs through a cast iron trough. The towpath is at the same level as the bottom of the canal so boaters look down on walkers on the aqueduct.
  • Stratford-upon-Avon’s Bancroft Basin is alongside the famous Royal Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. A lock leads down onto the River Avon which requires a separate licence.
  • The canal was almost closed in the 1950’s but after one of the earliest restoration campaigns and a lot of hard labour, much of it by volunteer labour and prison inmates, it was reopened to great fanfare in 1964. The success encouraged many other restoration schemes and helped to raise interest in canal pleasure cruising.

Boat Hire from family firms on or around the The Stratford-upon-Avon Canal

Grand Union Narrowboats

Grand Union Narrowboats. Small family run company. 2,4 & 6 berth four star graded narrowboats for weekly hire on the Grand Union and Oxford canals. Experience the Northamptonshire countryside at its finest.

Kate Boats

Kate Boats, a family run business, with quality narrowboats from two bases on the Grand Union Canal, ideally situated on the Warwickshire ring.

Beginners welcome, full instruction given.

Napton Narrowboats

Based at Napton Junction, Napton Narrowboats family-run fleet now gives you the widest choice of boats and routes.

Narrowboat Escapes Holidays And Training

Narrowboat Escapes Holidays And Training specialising in traditional narrowboat hire, holidays and training. Based at the heart of England's waterways at 'Braunston Marina' we have six beautiful and historic canal routes within a short distance. Phone: 07944 589 679

Canal Rings

The Avon Ring also includes the River Severn, Worcester & Birmingham Canal and Birmingham Canal Navigations, 1 week to cruise.

More Information

Holiday Cruising Guide to the Stratford-upon-Avon Canal.

More Midland hire firms or narrowboat hire firms in other canal areas.

Day hire boats to cruise with a few friends for a few hours.

Help to choose the right canal boat for your holiday.

Plus lots more advice and tips in our Canal Holiday Advice.

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Grand Union Canal

Grand Union Narrowboats
High Street, Weedon NN7 4QD.
01327 342418
Kate Boats
The Boatyard, Nelson Ln, Warwick CV34 5JB.
01926 492968
Narrowboat Escapes Holidays And Training
Braunston Marina, The Wharf, Braunston, Daventry, NN11 7JH
07944 589679

Oxford Canal

Napton Narrowboats
Napton Marina, Tomlow Rd, Stockton, Southam CV47 8HX.

Stratford Canal

Lyons Boatyard
Stratford Canal

Day Hire

Lyons Boat Yard
Limekiln Ln, Birmingham B14 4SP.

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