England is steeped in history from Roman times to Tudor England and from the ancient Britons to the Industrial Revolution. As you cruise the waterways of England you can explore thousands of years of history, visit museums, cathedrals, castles and ruins. England is packed with historic monuments, royal palaces, stunning countryside, quaint canal side villages and cosmopolitan cities full of culture.
With 12 canal boat holiday locations in England to choose from there's no shortage of cruising opportunities.
From our canal boat holiday base at Aldermaston Wharf you can cruise The Kennet and Avon Canal and The River Thames. Aldermaston Wharf is only about one and half hours away from central London so it is an ideal choice if you want to get away from the city for a short break.
Birmingham is England's second largest city and is famous for having more miles of canals than Venice. The route from Alvechuch, on the Worcester and Birmingham Canal, to Birmingham's Gas Street Basin is lock free and only take 5 hours.
Our marina at Anderton is situated on the Trent and Mersey Canal in Cheshire and is an excellent starting point to explore the Pennines. The Marina is adjacent to the famous Anderton Boat lift which transports canal boats from the Trent and Mersey Canal to The River Weaver.
Blackwater Meadow Marina is only a few hours cruising away from the magnificent Pontcysyllte Aqueduct onn the Llangollen Canal.
Our marina at Gailey is located at the northern end of the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal and is an ideal starting point to cruise the Four counties Ring.
Gayton Marina is a very popular holiday choice due to the varied cruising routes on offer, for the ultimate holiday you can cruise the Grand Ring from Gayton straight into the heart of London.
From Hilperton Marina on the Kennet and Avon Canal you can cruise to the World Heritage Site of Bath where you can marvel at the wonderful architecture such as The Roman Baths, the elegant Royal Crescent and Pulteney Bridge.
From Market Harborough in Leicestershire cruise through rural and peaceful countryside to the famous Foxton Staircase Lock. If you cruise north you can joruney towards Leicester passing pretty towns and villages on route.
The North Oxford Canal from Rugby Marina meanders it way through the pretty Cotswold countryside passing some charming villages such as Cropredy with its quaint thatched cottages.
Worcester Marina is an ideal starting point to visit Stratford-upon-Avon which is steeped in history and culture and was the birthplace of William Shakespeare.
From our marina at Wrenbury you can experience one of the seven wonders of the canal system, know as the Cathedral of the Canal, The Anderton Boat Lift.
From Whitchurch marina cruise The Cheshire Ring which will take you onto a selection of canals including the Macclesfield Canal, The Trent and Mersey, Bridgewater, Rochdale, Ashton and Peak Forest Canals.
Currency: Pound Sterling
Saint: St. George
Saints day: 23rd April
Flag: Cross of St. George
Motto: Dieu et mon droit (God and my right)
Longest River: The Severn
Temperature/weather: It can be sunny one day and rainy the next so the English weather is difficult to predict. July and August are normally the warmest months in England and January and February are normally the coldest.
Capital: London - No trip to the capital would be complete without a tour of the Royal residencies including Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace. London has countless museums to choose from, including the three mosts visited The British Museum, The Science Museum and The Natural History Museum. Explore the attractions along the River Thames including The Tower of London, Tate Modern, London Eye and The Houses of Parliament.