About NarrowBoat

NarrowBoat explores hundreds of years of canal and inland waterways history and heritage.

Britain’s canals were at the heart of the Industrial Revolution – their construction made possible the movement of large quantities of raw materials that stoked Britain’s industrialisation and allowed for goods to be moved efficiently to market.

Although large parts of the canal network were infilled and built over as first rail and then road took over their role in transport, much remains and the waterways are now a highly valued leisure resource. We are also left with a rich legacy of waterway history and heritage.

Originally conceived as a quarterly magazine to bring this legacy to life and explore our unique canal history, the digital issues of NarrowBoat have become a fully searchable archive of over 400 articles (including more than 6,000 images) covering over 200 years from the birth of the canals to the 1960s.

NarrowBoat  and narrowboatmagazine.com are published by Waterways World Ltd, 151 Station Street, Burton-on-Trent, DE14 1BG

The printed magazine and online digital magazine are published in March, June, September and December each year.