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Boat Trips & Holidays

What could be more relaxing than drifting along a tranquil canal on a narrow boat through Nottinghamshire? Take in the scenery and wildlife along the way, stopping off at a quaint pub by the side of the water.

Princess River Cruises provides both daytime cruise and dine and evening party packages along the River Trent on their two deluxe river cruises taking in well known sights and beautiful scenery. You can also see the sights while enjoying a delicious meal or live music onboard one of Trent River Cruise's boats.

Or experience the joys of not only being a passenger on a narrow boat, but also learning the techniques of helming and working the lock's with the Nottingham Narrow Boat Project.

When cruising along you'll find so much to see and do, there really is a surprise around every corner.

Chesterfield Canal - home to some of north Nottinghamshire's best known attractions
Known locally as the Cuckoo Dyke, the canal runs through the heart of the Dukeries and Sherwood, in the north of the county, from the River Trent at West Stockwith through the market towns of Worksop and Retford before taking you on towards the borders of Yorkshire. This 46 mile canal will keep you on your toes, with 46 narrow locks, six wide locks and two tunnels.

Erewash Canal – where you can discover DH Lawrence country
The Erewash Canal is a broad canal which runs just under 12 miles, starting from the River Trent at Trent Lock and ends up at Langley Mill. Part of the canal crosses the Erewash near Eastwood, the heart of DH Lawrence country.

Gunthorpe Lock - a blissful way to spend a sunny afternoon
This lock is a popular part of the River Trent and a great place to stop off and explore the Nottinghamshire countryside. Gunthorpe has been an important river crossing for many years and for boaters on the River Trent, Gunthorpe Lock is a fine destination to stop off for lunch or an evening meal. Make sure to dine at Tom Brown’s Brasserie.

Newark – enjoy a historical splendour
The boating experience into Newark is second to none as you coast though the attractive villages of Fiskerton and Farndon, which are both popular fishing spots.


The river continues directly into the heart of Newark, a popular market town which is highly recognised for Newark Castle, Newark Air Museum and its offering of antiques. Just past the town lock is a distinctive barge, which has been converted into a floating pub serving drinks and bar meals – you can even moor up behind it!

Nottingham to Beeston Canal - via Attenborough Nature Reserve towards the city centre
The canal is a prominent feature in the city centre and a unique way for you to explore Nottingham. The canal navigates from the River Trent, via Attenborough Nature Reserve at Beeston then on to the city centre and back onto the River Trent – where you can continue onto the market town of Newark.

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Special offers

  1. Food and Drink

    Food and Drink

    We have a host of special offers at restaurants, bars and cafes throughout Nottinghamshire to make your money go further during your visit.

    From: Friday, 1st January 2016

    To: Sunday, 31st December 2017

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