Boat Trips

for Education

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Everyone loves water and boats, but a trip on the canal also offers teachers a great educational resource. The museum has its own mooring where your boat will depart and return back.

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For boat trips, we ask you to make your own arrangements. There are two alternatives.

Please see our Community Narrowboats page for details of the community boat charities.

Please see our Boat Trips page for details of the commercial boat operators


Today's teacher has to put child safety at the top of the list of priorities. It will be reassuring to know that canal boat travel, with proper supervision, is very safe. The canal is 3-5 feet deep (the deepest part is usually in the middle). It is almost unheard-of for a boat to sink, and if it did, most of the boat would still be out of the water. Other types of incident are, thankfully, extremely rare. Care and supervision are required when boarding and alighting and it is important that children fully understand that arms and legs must not stray over the side, especially near bridges, tunnels, wharves, locks, other boats etc.

Narrowboat Pirate Princess on the Canal. Trees in background, reflection in water to fore.

Canal scene illustration