Worcestershire Boating Holidays

Alvechurch Marina is at the heart of an extremely varied canal network with a selection of routes around the Midlands. Local to Alvechurch marina is the impressive 30-lock Tardebigge Flight. This is the longest flight of locks in the UK, and leads down to Worcester and the River Severn. On-site of the Alvechurch marina is the multi-award-winning Weighbridge pub, serving food and a great selection of real ales. 

Phone: 0121 445 1133
Phone to book: 0330 3330 590 (Free UK calls)
Address: Alvechurch Marina, Scarfield Wharf, Worcestershire, B48 7SQ
Berths: 2-12

Maps / Guides

Nicholson: N2, N3
Lockmaster: L12, L13, L15, L16
Pearsons: P1, P2

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Alvechurch Marina offers a variety of routes suitable for every occasion, from lock free weekend breaks into Birmingham, England to hearty fortnight excursions around the gorgeous Warwickshire Ring.

Alvechurch Canal Boat Hire

There are over 19 boats at Alvechurch marina across 12 classes, all hand crafted by our expert boat builders on-site.

We have 45ft boats available for 2 to 4 people, right up to 70ft boats, capable of accommodating up to 12 people - meaning there really is something for everyone.


On-site within Alvechurch marina is the multi award winning Weighbridge pub, which boasts a fine selection of drinks along with freshly prepared hot and cold food. 

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Directions to Alvechurch Marina



Get onto the the M42 and exit at Junction 2. Take the A441 towards Birmingham for 1/2 mile. At the mini-roundabout take the 1st exit for 1 mile. At the mini-roundabout go straight on (slightly to left), 2nd exit. Pass under the motorway and continue into the village for 1/2 mile, then straight across the 2 mini-roundabouts. Immediately after the pedestrian traffic lights turn right and then follow the brown marina sign towards the marina. 


From Birmingham International Airport
Take a taxi to the marina (about 30 minutes).

From Luton, Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted
Take the inter-airport coach service to Birmingham International Airport then take a taxi as above. Alternatively, make your way to London (Euston) and take a train as above.


Take a train to Birmingham New Street station. At Birmingham New Street, change trains to the local service to Redditch. Alvechurch is an unmanned station which is the last stop before Redditch.

The marina is only about 300 metres from the station. 




Here are some useful resources for information regarding Alvechurch Marina.

The Weighbridge on site pub
Train times & tickets
Birmingham Airport
River Avon Navigation Trust


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Featured Routes

Featured routes from Alvechurch Marina, Worcestershire

Droitwich Canal

The Droitwich Canals can be cruised as part of The Stourport Ring, or as a leisurely return routeby travelling down through the Tardebiugge flight to Hanbury and then turning right onto the Droitwich Canal. 

Stourport Ring

A route which takes in the whole of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal and parts of the River Severn, the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal and the Birmingham Canal Navigations.

Stratford-Upon-Avon and return

This route travels from sleepy Alvechurch along tranquil canal-miles right into the heart of England's proudest Shakespearian territory. With the bard snatching the eye of any tourist crowds, your cruise along the canal is a secret chance to also spot wildlife, linger in canalside beer gardens, and soak up the best of both worlds.

The Avon Ring

This is an energetic route that takes in Worcester, Tewkesbury, Evesham and Stratford-upon-Avon, and is a great route to explore the history of the Heart of England. 

The Black Country Ring

A route with a mix of rural and urban, it takes in parts of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, Birmingham Canal Navigations, Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, Coventry Canal, Trent & Mersey Canal and Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal. The Ring from Alvechurch includes five tunnels (two of them twice!), several aqueducts, and 79 locks - can be done in 7 nights or a more relaxing 14 nights.

The Warwickshire Ring

A 100 mile contrasting route of scenery and canal architecture. It includes the northern Grand Union, north Oxford, Birmingham and Fazeley and Coventry.


Short Breaks

The following are suggested routes for short break canal holidays from Alvechurch Marina

Birmingham & Return

This route travels into the heart of cosmopolitan Birmingham, with the contrast of country miles and city sightseeing. A chance to spot wildlife, linger in canalside beer gardens, and even sneak a visit to a chocolate factory.

Birmingham Mini Ring

This Ring takes in parts of the Worcester & Birmingham Canal, the Birmingham Canal Navigations, the Grand Union Canal and the Stratford Canal. The route from Alvechurch includes several aqueducts, 4 tunnels (one twice!) and 49 locks - can be done in 4 nights.

Lapworth and return

A seriously relaxing journey through sleepy villages, a host of idyllic reservoirs, an amazingly long tunnel and historic locks and bridges oozing with stories. Passing from Worcestershire with Birmingham hiding in the distance, your cruise drifts into Warwickshire, with wildlife and nature trampling every boundary.


Featured Boats

Featured Boats from Alvechurch Marina, Worcestershire

Six to eight berth Boats

Alvechurch Partridge

Max: 6 People

Length: 66ft

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Alvechurch Lark

Max: 6 People

Length: 66ft (63ft from Falkirk)

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Alvechurch Sandpiper

Max: 6 People

Length: 66ft

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Alvechurch Thrush

Max: 6 People

Length: 66ft

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Alvechurch Warbler

Max: 8 People

Length: 69ft

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Two to Five berth Boats

Alvechurch Swift

Max: 4 People

Length: 49ft

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Alvechurch Plover

Max: 5 People

Length: 58ft

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Alvechurch Bunting

Max: 5 People

Length: 47ft

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Alvechurch Wren

Max: 4 People

Length: 49ft

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Up to twelve berth Boats

Alvechurch Swan

Max: 12 People

Length: 70ft

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