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Narrowboat Travels in Springtime England

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A May 2004 trip to Nottingham by getawayguy

Canaltime Canal Boat Photo, Nottingham, England More Photos
Quote: We wanted a different kind of vacation, and we got it. We weren't sure what to expect, or even if we would be able to handle a narrowboat with no previous experience. We had such a great time, we would recommend it to everyone while they're still young and healthy.

Narrowboat Travels in Springtime England

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Overview

Serenity along the Trent/Mercy Canal Photo, Nottingham, England
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Everything about this vacation week exceeded our expectations. After hearing for years that England was cold and foggy, we encountered the grandest springtime weather imaginable. Every day was beautiful. Along the canals we found wild flowers in bloom everywhere, and each species of waterfowl had brand-new babies to show off. We met many people who owned their own canal boats, some for holiday use and some for daily living. All were friendly and eager to lend a couple of tourists a helping hand when we needed it. Whenever possible, we shared access to the locks and shared the work involved in transferring our boats from one level to another. During the day, we cruised the canals at 2 to 3 m...Read More

Canaltime Canal Boat

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Hotel

Canaltime Canal Boat Photo, Nottingham, England
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My wife and I were the only two people aboard the boat for our week of vacation. We became the crew. Our narrowboat, the Maid Marion, was 45 feet long and 6 feet wide. The inside was built like a modern-day camper. In the front of the boat we had a fixed double berth with a small dressing table, a small corner wardrobe, and a small amount of storage space under the foot of the bed. Moving to the rear, the next area had a private bath with a sink, a toilet, and a very small tub with a shower. Alongside the bath was a narrow passageway connecting the front bedroom with the kitchen/galley in the middle of the boat. The kitchen was well equipped with a refrigerator, a stove with four burners and an oven, ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 10, 2005

Canaltime Canal Boat
Trent/Mersey Canal
Nottingham, England
(0115) 931-2672

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem

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Restaurant

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Photo, Nottingham, England
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Over the years, we have made friends with people we have met during our travels and kept in touch by email since then. It is rarer that we make friends via e-mail and later get a chance to actually meet them in person in their native country. Part of our excitement in visiting England was caused by our having the opportunity to do just that. We told our friends we were going to visit England and would call them when we were there. When we called their home in Manchester, they suggested that they drive to Nottingham two days later, pick us up at the Marina, and see the local sights with us. They arrived punctually at noon after an eighty-one mile journey from Manchester. Number one on our list w...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 13, 2005

Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem
Brewhouse Yard Castle Road
Nottingham, England NG1 6AD
(0115) 947-3171

Shardlow Heritage Center Photo, Nottingham, England
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When we passed by this small museum the first time, it wasn't open. On our way back to Nottingham Castle Marina, we had better luck. The lady who takes care of the museum said she was bored at home, so she came down to open the museum for a couple hours. Housed in a small warehouse, we found examples of clothing, tools, lacework, dishes, and photos of what life was like 100 years ago, when many made their living by hauling goods on the canals. Families would live on their narrow boats year-round. Only a small part of the boat would be dedicated to living space, since most of the space had to be used for cargo. We had a very pleasant time visiting with the museum caretaker, who had a wealth of knowl...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 11, 2005

Shardlow Heritage Center
Alongside the canal
Nottingham, England

Nottingham Castle

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Attraction

Nottingham Castle Photo, Nottingham, England
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Having only seen Hollywood’s version of Nottingham Castle, we were surprised and temporarily a little disappointed to instead find the first Duke of Newcastle’s Ducal Palace sitting atop Castle Rock. It seems that the first castle on the site was a wooden structure built by William the Conqueror in 1067. Then, in 1170, Henry II rebuilt the castle in stone, making it the principal royal fortress in the area of England known as the Midlands. In 1194, during Robin Hood’s time, Richard The Lionhearted recaptured the castle from his brother John. Castle Rock has man-made caves and tunnels dating back to medieval times that can be toured, along with King David of Scotland’s dungeon and the old wine cellar. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 6, 2005

Nottingham Castle
Castle Rock
Nottingham, East Midlands
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