Narrowboat Hire – Worcester & Birmingham Canal

The Worcester and Birmingham canal is a popular hire boat holiday canal, full of interest as it climbs 58 locks from the River Severn up through the Worcestershire hills to central Birmingham.

Tardebigge Tunnel – Waterway Images

  • The canal leaves the River Severn just below Worcester Cathedral, watch out for the river shallows entering the Diglis lock. The climb out of Worcester is fairly steep.
  • A junction with the recently restored Droitwich Canal at Hanbury Wharf leads back to the River Severn at Hawford Mill, about 4 miles north of Diglis Basin, creating the Droitwich Ring.
  • The short Stoke flight of 6 locks is quickly followed by the 30 Tardebigge locks. Because they are close together and fill quickly they can be done in a fairly energetic few hours! Tardebigge Top lock is much deeper than the rest because it was originally built as a boat lift.
  • The top three tunnels are wide allowing narrowboats to pass. The whole canal was originally intended to be a barge canal but that eventually proved too costly so the rest of the canal was built as a narrow canal.
  • Birmingham is entered through pleasant suburbs past the Cadbury’s Bournville works and ending at a connection with the Birmingham Canal Navigations at Gas Street Basin in the heart of the busy city, amidst modern high rises and popular leisure and business developments like the ‘Mailbox’.

Boat Hire from family firms on or around the Worcester & Birmingham Canal

Cafwin Cruisers

Cafwin Cruisers Inspire romance and indulge in the idyllic Worcestershire & Warwickshire waterways in our Eco-friendly luxurious boutique narrowboats. Why not try our beautiful new Electric-Hybrid 58'6" narrowboat, Ollie Owl?

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.

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

Starline Narrowboats

Starline Narrowboats are a small, friendly, family-run company based at Stourport on Severn. Cruises include the majestic River Severn, Shakespeare's River Avon to Stratford or the scenic West Midlands canals.

Canal Rings

The Avon Ring includes the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, Stratford Canal, Rivers Severn and Avon and BCN. 1 or 2 weeks to cruise. The Droitwich Ring includes the 2 Droitwich canals and short stretches of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal and River Severn, it can be cruised in 2 days. The Stourport Ring includes the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, River Severn, Staffs and Worcs Canal and the BCN. 1 week to cruise.

More Information

Holiday Cruising Guide to the Worcester and Birmingham Canal.

More Midlands 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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Droitwich Canal

Cafwin Cruisers
B4090 Hanbury Rd, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich WR9 7DU.

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

Staffs and Worcs Canal

Starline Narrowboats
Stourport-on-Severn DY13 9ER.
01531 632003

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