The canals


The Tours map:


Here are some of the interesting places we visit. Please note that no course includes all these - you can choose a route you like.


Links about canals in England:


Birmingham is the hub of Britain's inland waterways network, with more miles of canals than Venice! The city has plenty to offer, with a new concert hall, a good art gallery, museums, folk clubs, cinemas and many shops! It also boasts Europe's finest Indian cuisine.

Birmingham's Canal network

Birmingham Online

The Black country Museum at Dudley gives some idea of 19th century life in this area. The openair museum contains a pub, chapel, shops, coal mine and many other attractions. Museum guides wear 19th century costume. The museum is always a favourite with our students.
Chester is a Roman port with a well preserved town-centre. Stroll allong the old city walls admiring the mediaeval houses.
Coventry city centre was completely destroyed during World War II, with the ruins of the Cathedral left as a reminder of the inhumanity of war. You will find a wide range of entertainment in the city's many pubs and clubs. The recently refurbished canal basin is now an attractive feature of this important industrial city.
Llangollen is a small town in Wales. Nearby is the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which carries the canal over the River Dee, 120 feet below!
Nottingham has a 12th century pub, the oldest in Britain, built into a cave. There is also the castle, the Robin Hood experience, a canal museum, and the lace hall to visit.
Oxford is best known for its university dating from the 13th century. During the summer the city is full of tourists thronging to view the fine mediaeval architecture of its many chapels, churches and college buildings.
Rugby is the town in Britain furthest from the sea - but it is easily reached by narrowhoat! The game played by men with peculiarly shaped balls originated in the town's public school, founded in the 16th Century.
Stoke on Trent is a conglomeration of five towns which all became important in the 18th century as the centre of the pottery industry. The canals are still used to transport part-finished wares between factories, and we will be able to visit the Wedgwood works.

Stratford-upon-Avon is a lovely town best known for being the birthplace of Shakespeare and when we visit the town we see one of his plays at the famous theatre.

Postcard from Stratford


Warwick is a delighiful small town whose main attraction is the 10th century castle. The unspoilt town centre hoasts a number of antique shops and a Doll Museum.
Worcester is an ancient city on the River Severn, one of Britain's longest rivers. It has a magnificent 13th Century cathedral and was the site of an important battle in the Civil War.

Trips which start or finish in Birmingham generally include the Black Country Museum and when in Stratford we see a Shakespeare play studied on the course.


Water Music, Suite No. 2: