December 21, 2017
By Beacon_PR

Coventry by Canal Boat with Waterways Holidays

The spotlight is on Coventry, Britain’s City of Culture in 2021, and a rewarding weekend destination right now, according to Waterways Holidays, which suggests hiring a narrowboat to gain an extra appreciation of the city’s contribution to our industrial heritage.

Coventry Canal Basin is at the head of the Coventry Canal, built in 1769 by famous engineer James Brindley. It connects with the Trent & Mersey, North Oxford, Ashby and the Birmingham and Fazeley canals, and played a vital role in getting goods from Birmingham to London for almost 200 years.

The Canal Basin survived the WW2 bombing, and today the Listed buildings around the Basin are full of cafes, restaurants and independent shops, making it a great base for a weekend. From here, it is only a six minute walk to the excellent Coventry Transport Museum and 12 minutes to the Cathedral – both the evocative ruins and the glorious new building.

An afternoon’s exploration along the Coventry Canal, perhaps branching off onto the North Oxford Canal, gives a sense of the city’s location in the heart of England, where quiet towpaths and canal-side pubs are waiting to be discovered.

In Spring 2018, a three-night rental of Dove Valley, a 58-feet long narrowboat, costs from £660 fully-inclusive of fuel, parking at base, instruction, loan of buoyancy aids and damage waiver. There’s also a welcome pack of essentials, including a bottle of wine.

Centrally-heated, and fully-equipped for self-catering, there are two cabins and two bathrooms (one shower) to comfortably accommodate two couples or a family, with convertible seating in the saloon for ‘plus two’.


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Waterways Holidays’ spokesman is managing director Nigel Richards: 01252 796400 offers live availability on more than 1800 narrowboats, cruisers and sailing yachts operated by the UK’s leading boat operators and with more than 80 different start locations.  The website offers advice on boating holidays as well as featuring listings of the latest special offers. Boating holidays in France and Portugal also available.




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