For an inland town, miles away from the sea, Stourport on Severn has a surprising and delightful maritime atmosphere. It was once a busy inland port, which grew up around the point where the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal joins the River Severn.
The canal is connected to the river by a complex series of interconnecting basins. There were originally five, but four now remain in a square formation. The most usual route from the river to the canal involves passing through three of the basins and two pairs of very narrow staircase locks.
Near the basins are a spectacular clock tower and the 18th-century Tontine Hotel, originally built by the canal company. The Tontine Stables and the nearby Old Ticket Office are known as the ‘Heritage Rooms’. They contain reconstructions and information about the history of the area.
The town is full of graceful Georgian architecture and its riverside area and waterside meadows are very pretty. Pleasure boats offer trips on the river, and competitors come from all over the country to race in the annual rowing regatta.