Cruising the Cut


An estimated 15000 plus people have left dry land taking the plunge to live on narrowboats and tour Britain along our UK canal system. Living on a canal boat can seem almost idyllic, conjuring up images of brightly painted restful craft tied up alongside sunny country scenes, in harmony with abundant playful wildlife.

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Coventry – The Phoenix City

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A Phoenix from the ashes, Coventry is a modern city in the heart of England just an hour from London. Risen from wartime rubble, it’s a part of Britain’s heartland which beat strongly through assaults laid upon it by the Saxons and Norman’s …

By the 14th century, Coventry was an important centre of the cloth trade, and throughout the Middle Ages was one of the largest and most important cities in England.  In the 18th and 19th centuries, Coventry became one of the three main British centres of watch and clock manufacture, and in the late 19th century, it became a major centre of bicycle manufacture. The city has now won the title of UK City of Culture for 2021  and will see an estimated 2.55 million visitors over that year.

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The Bards’ Birthplace

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Hundreds of thousands of people pilgrimage to the small vibrant market town of Stratford every year from all parts of the world explore the vestige of the life of William Shakespeare and the legacy he left. A bountiful place to visit with its literary associations, broad streets lined with half timbered houses and Tudor architecture …

Shakespeare’s birthplace is a restored 16th-century half-timbered house with garden in Henley Street, where visitors pay homage in the very room where Shakespeare, the third of eight children, was born on or around 23rd April 1564. Multitudes of visitors journey here each year to see the oak bed and carved chest with a 17th century cradle. The house itself is atmospherically lit and furnished in the Elizabethan Style, looking very much like it did to Shakespeare. Here the Bard lived and spent his childhood years. Connected to and doubling as the main entrance the Birthplace, is the Shakespeare Centre, a museum which opened in 1964, a contrasting modern glass and concrete visitors centre. Shakespeare’s personal crest from 1596 is above and on display inside is his Folio, the first 36 plays compiled by his friends.

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