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September 12, 2018

Educational Breaks on Boats from Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays says a family weekend on a narrowboat is a living history experience for children, with waterside museums and educational attractions to visit.

“Learning how to operate locks and swing or lift bridges is part of the experience of a canal break,” says managing director Nigel Richards, “and some of the best museums in Britain are accessible from the towpath.”

The Canal and River Trust’s museum on the Grand Union Canal in the pretty village of Stoke Bruerne is an obvious choice. There’s a re-creation of a boat-builder’s workshop, working models of narrowboats, films bringing early C20th canals to life and craft displays. Open daily until November and weekends until Christmas. Family ticket £12. A weekend’s hire of ‘Gull’ from Gayton costs from £680 plus fuel.

In the north-west, the Anderton Boat Lift is a fantastic example of engineering, lifting boats from the Trent and Mersey Canal to the River Weaver 50 feet above (visitor centre free). Families can also discover the history of salt-making with a visit to the Lion Salt Works near Northwich, which has direct access from the towpath. Closed Mondays. Family ticket from £14.60.  A weekend’s hire of ‘Princess 4’ from Acton Bridge costs from £560 plus fuel this autumn.

Birmingham’s Gas Street canal basin is a great base for visiting family-friendly educational attractions including the National Sea Life Centre beside the canal (tickets from £13) and, only 10 minutes’ walk away, the city’s Museum and Art Gallery (free) where the Staffordshire Hoard is on display: the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found. A weekend’s hire of ‘Thrush’ from Alvechurch costs from £552 plus fuel.

Other educational canal-side visits include the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland, Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre in West Yorkshire and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Visitor Centre.

Quoted prices are based on a three-night weekend hire of a modern narrowboat sleeping four to six people.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,


March 1, 2017

Save 15% on Cheshire Narrowboat Hire with Waterways Holidays

Leading boating holiday specialist Waterways Holidays announces savings on narrowboat hire in Cheshire – the perfect excuse to ‘carry on barging’ like the celebrities!

A week’s holiday for up to six people now costs from £1190, saving £209. That’s when hiring a Princess 4 class narrowboat – NEVER call it a barge – from Acton Bridge on the Trent and Mersey Canal for seven nights starting 15 April – Easter Saturday.

Princess 4 boats are 52 feet long and have two permanent cabins, ideal for two couples, with the option to turn seating in the saloon into two further berths at night.

Cleverly-designed facilities include the modern galley kitchen and shower room with everything from central heating and WiFi included: just pay for the fuel used.

In a week’s cruising there is a great choice of cruising routes available, such as travelling through the picturesque Peak District National Park on the Macclesfield Canal, or visiting the historic city of Chester via the Shropshire Union Canal, with its timber-framed buildings and Roman walls.

One of the local highlights – only four miles by road or about 90 minutes’ cruise on the canal – is the Anderton Boat Lift, built in 1875 to lift and transfer boats between the Trent and Mersey canal and the River Weaver. It’s a feat of Victorian engineering with a fascinating story to tell via its visitor centre (free entry).

The 15% saving is available on a range of narrowboats from the Acton Bridge base, and for holidays taken between 14 April and 7 September 2017.

Waterways Holidays: 01252 339023,





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