A guide to Stratford canals

22nd November 2021

On our Stratford routes, you can cruise through the heart of England, and experience the rich cultural history of our isles. It’s no wonder why Stratford-Upon-Avon attracts so many visitors each year, as there is an abundance of beautiful scenery and marvellous industrial architecture to enjoy.

Those who want to relax and unwind will also be pleased, as there is plenty of options for pub lovers. On these routes, you will pass through the scenic Bancroft Basin and see breath-taking scenes such as the Avon River, Trinity Church and so much more. 

The routes: 

Stratford-Upon-Avon and return from Alvechurch Marina: a historic haven

This route has an affluent historical past, you will pass through sites such as the 1651 Battle of Worcester site, the Grade II*-listed 13th-century King John’s Bridge, and so many other breath-taking places. Not only can you delve into a historical haven, but this route is also rich in cosy pubs and cafes, there are so many places to stop off to rest.

 Stratford-Upon-Avon and return from Worcester Marina: full of idyllic sights

Cruise through quaint landscapes on this route, see sights like the restored boathouses of Diglis Basin, the distinctive red cliffs of the leafy River Severn, and so much more. This route is full of rich history, visit the iconic ‘drunken Bidford’, as coined by Shakespeare himself – although we’re not sure how much of a party destination it is today! You can then finish in the picturesque Stratford-Upon-Avon, where there is plenty to see and do.

Things to do in Stratford-Upon-Avon

When cruising around Stratford, you won’t be short of things to do! Here are just a few adventures to embark on:

All things Shakespeare: lovers of English Literature will revel in all that Stratford has to offer! Being the birthplace of the great playwright – there is so much to see, you can visit his birthplace, his theatre, and even Anne Hathaway’s cottage! No, we’re not talking about the Hollywood actress. Anne was Shakespeare’s wife, and the cottage is where Shakespeare spent his first years courting. 

Museums galore: maybe literature isn’t quite your thing, then there is no need to worry! For some, Shakespeare might be a little harder to digest. Luckily, Stratford is also home to the MAD museum – where you can marvel at mechanical art and design, you will be in awe of the kinetic art and interactive sculptures.

Butterfly Farm: if you would love to see exotic plants, dreamy waterfalls and fluttering butterflies – be sure to visit the butterfly farm! 

The Canal Basin: is the perfect place to spend a fun-filled afternoon, experience pubs galore, and see famous scenery. If you fancy boat hopping, you even can hire a rowboat for the day. 

The oldest pub in town: The Old Thatch Tavern is a charming, family-run pub that predates Shakespeare himself!

If the Stratford route tempts you in any way, then be sure to get on board one of our canal boat overnight stays. Get in touch with us today to plan your next weekend away.

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