At the Canal in Banbury you'll find the oldest working dry dock in Britain - Tooley's Boatyard - which has been building and repairing narrowboats since 1790. Now it's also where you can stock up on canal souvenirs, or learn a canal-related craft like painting Roses & Castles.
Address: The Mill Arts Centre, Spiceball Park, Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX16 5QE
Visit time: Half to full day
Price: Once you're parked up, it won't cost you a thing
Parking: Castle Quay Car Park in the shopping centre
Toilets: At the nearby shopping centre
You can also get on the water by taking a boat trip from here. A few minutes' stroll from the canal is the centre of this historic market town, and the famous Banbury Cross (yes, there really is one). And why not treat yourself to an equally famous Banbury Cake? If you're up for a longer walk, you can take the towpath alongside the Oxford Canal to Cropredy, four miles away. You're almost certain to spot moorhens, mallards and perhaps even a shy water vole.
Banbury Museum is well worth a visit and for those who can't resist the shopping centre is a stone's throw away. Also worth a visit is The Mill Arts Centre, a multi arts venue which hosts live music, theatre, family theatre shows, a gallery space, workshop sessions, conference room spaces and a café and bar.
You're bound to see some narrowboats
Lots of cafes and bars nearby
The Mill’s café is open from 9:30am till closing time. We offer a range of hot and cold drinks, homemade cakes and Winstone Cotswold Ice Cream.
Boat trips - public, Boat trips - charter, Boat trips - education / community
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The canal is a green ribbon running through the town, get out and see some great domestic wildlife and experience nature close at hand.