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Worcester Marina in Worcestershire

Lowesmoor Wharf, Lowesmoor, Worcester. WR1 2RS

Things to do from Worcester Marina

Situated on the banks of the beautiful River Severn, visit the ancient City and it's Cathedral, take a tour of the Royal Worcester Porcelain Visitor Centre.

Worcester - Built on the banks of the River Severn the city is famous worldwide for its beautiful porcelain rich in heritage the Cathedral dominates the skyline. Worcester offers a unique shopping experience mixing the high street stores with an unrivalled choice of one-off independent retailers.

The Royal Worcester Visitor Centre - Take a guided around the Centre a learn the techniques of the skilled artists even have a go at painting your own plate. The shops stock a wide range of quality china, porcelain and gift ware with great savings.

The Royal Shakespeare Theatre - Owned by the Royal Shakespeare Company attend a performance of one of the Bard's plays or take a guided a tour of the theatre.

Evesham - Situated in the centre of the Vale of Evesham the major attraction is the River Avon and is very popular for fishing, walking and boating. Since medieval times the region well known for its fruit and vegetable growing, especially asparagus and now an annual asparagus festival is held in the town.

Stourport-on-Severn - A beautiful Georgian town located on the River Severn and built solely as the consequence of the canals, The Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal linked the River Severn with the Trent and Mersey and as a result Stourport became one of the busiest inland port in the Midlands. The town is a popular tourist town with many attractions and events for the whole family.


By Road : If approaching from the South via the M5 motorway exit at junction 7 take the A44 to Worcester City Centre (Whittington Road then London Road).At the traffic lights in Sidbury (opposite Skellerns Motorcycleshop) turn right into City Walls Road (signposted A38 Bromsgrove).

At the first roundabout take the second exit.

After 100 metres you will come to a second roundabout where you will need to take the first exit into Pheasant Street. Drive along this road until you reach a set of traffic lights where you need to turn left into Lowesmoor.Immediately on your right is the entrance to Lowesmoor Wharf sign posted Viking Afloat. Drive in and follow the road round to the left and you will see Viking Afloat at the end of the road.

If approaching from the North via the M5 motorway exit at junction 6 take the A449 to Worcester. Follow the signs to Worcester City Centre.Follow the one-way system to the left (Sansome Walk, sign posted A38).This brings you to the traffic lights at the junction of city walks road and Lowesmoor.

Go straight over these lights and carry on to the first roundabout where you take the first exit.After 100 metres you will come to a second roundabout where you need to take the first exit into Pheasant Street. Drive along this road until you reach a set of traffic lights where you need to turn left into Lowesmoor.Immediately in your right is the entrance to Lowesmoor Wharf sign posted Viking Afloat.

Drive in and follow the road around to the left and you will see Viking Afloat at the end of the road.

By Rail: If you are approaching from Worcester Shrub Hill Railway Station which is the main line station, turn right out of the station and go down Shrub Hill Road. Then go left and walk to the mini-roundabout and follow it round to the left.

Cross Pheasant Street via the pedestrian crossing and turn right. Crossing Lowesmoor will bring the entrance to Lowesmoor Wharf directly in front of you.

Enter and follow the road around to the left and you will see the marina at the end of the road.

By Air : From Birmingham International Airport - You can take a train to Birmingham New Street and then a train to Worcester Shrub Hill (Nearest to Base) or Worcester Foregate and get a taxi to the hire base.

Or you can take a taxi direct from the Airport (About 1 hours journey) Please contact the taxi companies directly for an estimated fare. From Bristol - there is an express coach link between Bristol International Airport and Bristol railway station (Temple Meads) and bus station. Take a train from Bristol to Worcester Shrub Hill train station. You can buy rail tickets on-line at or

Worcester Cruising Routes Map

Routes :

Stourport Ring | Stratford Upon Avon | Staffordshire & Return | Avon Ring | Droitwich Ring

Stourport Ring
7 nights, 7.5 hours per day, 116 locks

One of the most popular one-week cruises of all. This route of contrasts takes in the 21st century Birmingham city centre, 19th century heritage and some of the most rural stretches of canal imaginable along with the river Severn .

Much of the stunning new development in Birmingham city centre is focused on the canalside area - Symphony Hall, the International Convention Centre and the Sea Life Centre. Branch off to the impressive Netherton tunnel or visit the award winning Black Country Museum . Birmingham TIC 0870 2250127

If time permits, experience the wonder of steam trains on the Severn Valley Railway, with a trip from Kidderminster to the picturesque market town of Bridgnorth. 01299 403816

Take an enviable river perspective of the magnificent Worcester cathedral in a city where you will also find both quaint and modern shopping malls and, of course, the Royal Worcester Porcelain museum.
Worcester TIC 01905 726311

Stratford-upon-Avon & return The Avon Ring Cruising Routes Map
7 nights, 6 hours per day, 44 locks
(Avon Licence required, can be purchased on arrival at the Avon River)

Cruise through idyllic stretches of countryside to this historic town, each route offering a superb mixture of culture, history and shopping. Moor in the beautifully maintained canal basin at Stratford , near to the Royal Shakespeare Theatre.01789 403444

The convenient Tourist Information Centre 0870 1607930 gives details of all you need to know about Shakespeare's birthplace.

The Staffordshire and Return Cruising RouteStaffordshire & return
7 days, 6 hours per day, 80 Locks

Passing through Worcester by canal, you join the River Severn for a leisurely cruise up to Stourport where you join the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal .

Here you will appreciate the contrast between the wide river and the more intimate atmosphere of the canal, which threads its way unobtrusively through the landscape, encouraging you to stop at will. This canal takes you north past dramatic sandstone rocks and through the beautifully preserved Bratch locks towards Autherley Junction where you have the opportunity of joining the Shropshire Union Canal for a short while.

You will probably want to turn here in order to make the most of the return journey which, apart from opening up new views of the countryside, will give you a chance to visit some of the attractions you may have missed on the way up, such as the Severn Valley Railway, or the sandstone caves at Austcliffe.





Avon Ring The Avon Ring Cruising Routes Map
14 nights or (10/11 nights, 6 hours a day), 139 locks
(Additional licence required for River Avon)

To really enjoy the delightful river cruising on both the Severn and Avon you will need at least a 10 or 11 night break.

In fact, allowing two weeks enables a detour down to Gloucester to visit its docks, warehouses and museums.

Worcester ,Tewkesbury, Evesham and Stratford each offer a superb mixture of culture, history and shopping.


Droitwich Ring

From Worcester 3 or 4 nights, 8 or 5.5 hours per day, 33 locks.

This new ring can be cruised again for the first time in 90 years. It combines four contrasting waterways : The Droitwich canals, the southern part of the Worcester Birmingham Canal and the River Severn north of Worcester. It’s a ring that can be cruised easily in a weekend or a little longer if you wish.

Setting off on the Worcester & Birmingham Canal at Lowesmoor Wharf you’ll pass through two locks and arrive in Diglis Basin where you will descend two further locks to the River Severn. You will need to turn right when joining the Severn to head up the river. Although you may find it easier to turn left and then turnaround a short distance downstream. Then approaching Worcester City centre the Cathedral is overlooking you as you pass under Worcester bridge built in 1781. Worcester Race Course runs alongside the River as you head towards open countryside.

Next you’ll pass the Camp House Inn on your left at Grimley one of the few riverside inns on the Severn. You may decide to stop here and visit the unspoilt pub serving real ale and cider. Either way you’ll see Bevere Lock next and like all of the Severn locks is mechanised and keeper operated.

Half a mile above the lock you’ll find new landing stages that sit at the entrance to the Droitwich Barge Canal. In 1771 under engineer James Brindley the Droitwich Barge Canal was opened it’s just under 6 miles long with eight locks climbing from Hawford to Droitwich. You cruise the canal following the meanderings of the of the Salwarpe river. There are no roads and little sign of habitation for over a mile just isolated Lock 3 and Lineacre Bridge, a farm crossing dating from Bindley’s time. Porters Mill Bridge is the start of the canal’s main flight of locks; there are five, strung out over three-quarters of a mile of gently curving rural canal. The canal then heads off again on a 3 mile level into open countryside.

Next you pass through Salwarpe a tiny settlement and the only canalside village. The canal briefly forsakes the contours but then returns once again for the rest of the journey to Droitwich. The Railway Inn marks the arrival in Droitwich the only waterside pub although there are plenty more in the town.
Droitwich was built on Salt and Vines Park was the site of the former brine works and salt wharves. You’ll notice the church tower leaning and other buildings in Droitwich as a result of salt-mining subsidence. Four swing bridges cross the canal in Vines Park the final one crossing Barge Lock where you enter another waterway Droitwich Junction Canal. You’ll pass along a new canalised length of the River Salwarpe. The river section quickly comes to an end and the first of four brand new locks appear. The town of Droitwich is left behind and you head into open countryside once again.

Once through the Hanbury Locks you arrive at Hanbury Junction where a tight right turn brings you into the canal settlement of Hanbury Wharf. The Eagle and Sun pub on your left looks down onto the Worcester and Birmingham Canal and ahead a stretch of four miles without locks. A wooded cutting leads to Dunhampstead Tunnel and after you pass through the villages of Oddingley and Tibberton the descent to Worcester begins with a flight of 6 locks and then a further 4 at Astwood as you enter the outskirts of Worcester and find your way back to Lowesmoor Wharf.

Customer Testimonial

We had a canal holiday 27th-31st March and would just like to say what excellent value for money it was and how enjoyable. The staff were always extremely helpful. J Wilmot

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