Apollo Canal Cruises Shipley Leeds Liverpool Canal Yorkshire
The refurbished warehouses of the 200-year old Leeds & Liverpool Canal are the base for a traditional narrowboat waterbus services and cruises along the Shipley to Bingley section of the canal. The waterbus operates Easter to October and Apollo Cruises operate special dinner and luncheon cruises with their traditional barges Apollo & Water Prince. The warehouses also have a restaurant.
The Leeds & Liverpool Canal is 127 miles long, with 91 locks, and is the single longest canal built by one company in the United Kingdom. It took well over 40 years to complete, after a great deal of disagreement about its route from Lancashire to Yorkshire. The company was established in 1770 and construction began at once, with John Longbotham as its engineer; later he was succeeded by Robert Whitworth, and after many delays due to the outbreak of war with France in 1792, it was finally completed in 1816.