Tooley’s Boatyard, situated in the heart of Banbury on the South Oxford Canal, is one of the oldest working dry docks on the Inland Waterways, having been in continuous use since 1778.

The 86′ dry dock is fully covered and heated, providing excellent conditions to carry out a wide range of services. Also on-site is the 200 year-old forge, in regular use by our blacksmiths. Items can be made to order or why not treat yourself to one of the Blacksmith Courses we run?

We also run RYA courses on inland-waterway boat handling, but if all that sounds too energetic, the narrowboat Dancing Duck is available for either self-drive hire or skippered trips.

Now available! Forging Ahead – A History of Tooley’s Boatyard, written by Matthew Armitage, director of the site for the last 16 years. Copies available by following the link.