Canals need friends like you

Join us as a Friend from just £5 a month. Your support will help us take care of our beautiful waterways and the fascinating heritage they offer.

Our canals are special spaces. From helping us all get active by water, to providing space to relax or feel closer to nature, being next to water can bring us peace, calm and relaxation.

Play your part in making life better by water for years to come.

Become a Friend today

Discover. Explore. Enjoy.

For as little as £5 a month you can enjoy free entry to all our museums and attractions and discounts on staycations by the water. You'll also receive a welcome pack with your ‘Cool Canals’ book, full of wonderful walks and days out.

Three ways your Friendship can support

Together, as a community of nearly 30,000 Friends of the Canal & River Trust, we can make life better by water. From helping us fight plastic pollution in our waterways to protecting the future of our historic network of navigations, your monthly gifts will make a big difference.

Being a Friend is a way to give something back, and it feels good to be able to do that.

Alex Matthews

Canals and rivers that shaped our local heritage

Canals helped to build industrial cities and towns, leaving a fascinating history behind. Our historic 2,000-mile network of navigations includes the third largest collection of listed buildings and structures in the UK.

Yes, I will help these treasures

The perfect gift for canal lovers

If your loved ones can't get enough of the beauty of our canals and the fascinating heritage they offer, you can give them Canal & River Trust Friendship as a gift.

Give someone special a unique gift that can make them feel happier and healthier.

Give Friendship as a gift


Whenever you spend time by water, please follow the latest coronavirus guidance.