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Guide to Venice's Canal District

The Venice canal district is a historic canal district, renowned for its beauty. Known as the city of romance, many people dream to visit this scenic city and sail on a beautiful gondola. The Centro Storico of Venice is made up of islets and canals, forming one large island. Venice is divided into six districts named the Sestieri… The Grand Canal – Venice The Grand Canal is also referred to as t...

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What are the Longest Canals in the World?

Man-made waterways have long been central to many communities throughout history. Whether they are being used for trade, flood control, irrigation, transport or tourism – some impressive canals have been built all over the world. In our blog, we explore the origins of the largest man-made canals in the world… Grand Canal – China This impressive canal is 1,800 km in length and is considered the w...

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History of the Black Country canals

When you think of the Black Country canals, you most likely will have an image of a smokey industrial landscape, you may even picture a gang of peaky blinders roaming around the coal-stained canal side. The canals, which used to be hubs for bustling industry and trade, have now become sceneries of wildlife and tranquility. Have you ever wondered, how exactly this transformation even happened? Read...

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A guide to Stratford canals

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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....

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A guide to Warwickshire canal boat routes

If you're thinking about going on a canal boat holiday in Warwickshire, ABC Boat Hire has all the inspiration you'll ever need. Start your adventure from our Warwickshire-based marinas, where you can put your helmsman’s skills to the test by navigating numerous aqueducts, lock flights, staircases and tunnels. As you sail along the waterways, there are plenty of towns and cities to stop off at and...

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Top routes for canal boat overnight stays

Hop on a canal boat this weekend and discover a wide range of scenic routes across the UK. With our narrowboat overnight stays, you can explore the picturesque sights of Falkirk and get lost in the leafiness of the countryside. Alternatively, if you prefer, you can delve into the hustle and bustle of our Birmingham route and glide peacefully out of Alvechurch Marina. Read through our recommendatio...

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A guide to the Kennet and Avon canal routes

Looking for a picture-perfect getaway down the waterways? Then the Kennet and Avon canal routes is an ideal escape. Here, you will find a great balance of beautiful greenery and wildlife as well as thrilling things to do. This route is perhaps one of our most versatile, as you can experience both bustling cities and quiet market towns. Check out our Kennet and Avon canal map to start planning your...

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Difference between barges and narrowboats

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To many people, barges and narrowboats seem like the same thing. Both travel on water and both are long, narrow vessels which are typically used for transport. But there are definitive key differences between barges and narrowboats which mostly comes down to size. Read on to find out more and learn about how to book your next canal boat holiday with us. Narrowboats vs barges The main difference...

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A guide to canal boat holidays in Yorkshire

Boasting some of Britain’s finest scenery, charming towns and an ancient canal network, Yorkshire is a fantastic destination for a canal boat holiday. Whether you want to cruise along the Pennine waterways or stop off at some cities along the way, ABC Boat Hire has you covered with the best things to see and do. Here’s our guide to canal boat holidays in Yorkshire. What to do in Yorkshire From f...

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A guide to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Looking for a peaceful yet stunning getaway floating down the waterways? No route could be more perfect than the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal, or the Mon and Brec canal for short! But what makes this Welsh route so tranquil? Unlike any other waterways in the UK, the Brecon Beacons canal is not connected to the main canal network – which makes it significantly quieter than other canals with less...

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