We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.


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.

General information

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

Free visitor guide

Great for

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.

  • Dog walking
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Walking


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.

Spot a boat

You're bound to see some narrowboats


  • Lots of cafes and bars nearby

  • The Mill Arts Centre cafe and bar

    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

  • Tooley's Boatyard

    Boat trips - public, Boat trips - charter, Boat trips - education / community



You may see:

  • Swans
  • Ducks

The canal is a green ribbon running through the town, get out and see some great domestic wildlife and experience nature close at hand.