Top City Breaks

What better way to drink in the delights of City life than from your own floating Hotel! Oxford, Bath, Birmingham, Chester are all within cruising distance of our Bases and offer a chance to break away and get some shopping in!!

A few our most popular routes include:

Anglo Welsh, Canal boating holidays, Bristol, Bath, Bunbury, Stockton, Oxford


Oxford - home of the 'dreaming spires'

  • A three hour, four lock cruise from our Eynsham base

The beautiful city of Oxford is just three hours from our Oxford base at Eynsham on the River Thames. Your canal boat provides the perfect base from which to enjoy a short break exploring all the City has to offer. Climb the 14th century Carfax Tower to view Oxford's 'dreaming spires'; see the witch in a bottle at the Pitt Rivers Museum; visit the remains of the Dodo at the University Museum of Natural History; discover the real Harry Potter Hogwarts Hall at Christ Church College, and stock-up on goodies in the Covered Market. And if that all sounds just a little too energetic, you could moor up to enjoy lunch at The Trout at Wolvercote - a favourite Inspector Morse pub.

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Anglo Welsh, Canal boating holidays, Bristol, Bath, Bunbury, Stockton, Oxford


A World Heritage City

  • An eight hour, seven lock  journey from the picturesque Cotswold town of Bradford on Avon
  • Two hours and six locks from our base at Syndey Wharf
  • Four hours and six locks from our base at Monkton Combe

Bath makes a fantastic short break destination from both our Bradford on Avon and City of Bath bases.  The centre of this beautiful Georgian city is famous for its natural hot springs and Thermae Spa, stunning architecture, great shopping, bustling waterfront restaurants and Jane Austin Museum.

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Anglo Welsh, Canal boating holidays, Bristol, Bath, Bunbury, Stockton, Oxford


Bright lights big city

  • A five hour, lock-free cruise our Tardebigge base
  • Birmingham is also reachable on a week's holiday from our bases at Wootton Wawen and Stockton.

Ideal for beginners, Birmingham makes a great short break destination. With more canals than Venice, a canal boat is the perfect way to explore this exciting city.  Central moorings are available in Gas Street Basin, right next to Brindley Place. This gives you easy access to top attractions including The Mailbox and Bullring shopping centres, the Sea Life Centre, Science Museum, Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, Jewellery Quarter, Ikon Gallery and Balti Triangle. And, if you're craving a chocolate fix, you could stop off at the delicious canal-side Cadbury World on your way home!

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Anglo Welsh, Canal boating holidays, Bristol, Bath, Bunbury, Stockton, Oxford


Two thousand years of history

  • A seven-hour, nine lock journey from our base at Bunbury on the Shropshire Union Canal
  • Chester can also be reached on a week's cruise from Trevor.

The historic City of Chester, famous for its Roman foundations and medieval architecture and city walls, is a popular short-break destination. Offering a vibrant market hall, an award winning zoo, busy racecourse, trendy bars, shopping malls and a huge variety of restaurants, moorings are conveniently located in the city centre moorings.

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Why Anglo Welsh?

40 years providing unique holidays
Modern & spacious fleet – from 2 to 12 berths
Wide choice of locations and routes
For novices & experienced boaters
Flexible booking, no hidden costs
Family friendly, pets welcome


Celebrity Traveller 

"As always with these guys, the staff who showed us over the boat were lovely, the boat itself was really comfy and within minutes we were off and cruising."
Stan Cullimore from 80's band "The Housemartins"

"Everything about the boat and the instruction was fantastic; and yes, women are better at driving narrowboats as well as cars!!! See you next year!"
Judith from Surrey

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