Rugby’s MP Mark Pawsey joined visitors at Rose Narrowboats as part of the Heritage Open Days scheme.
Heritage Open Days celebrates England’s architecture and culture by offering free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission.
A number of locations were open in and around Rugby and Mr Pawsey chose to visit the family-run narrowboat holiday hire company in Stretton under Fosse on Sunday morning.
The establishment has 20 self-drive boats available for weekly or short break holidays and a day hire boat which was providing a free trip along the Oxford canal.
Mark said: “The development of the canal system played a large part in Rugby’s growth in the eighteen century as the Oxford canal passed through Brinklow, Newbold and Hillmorton.
“As part of a series of open days celebrating our heritage in Rugby, I was pleased to join visitors to a local company which enables modern tourists to see the beautiful countryside around our town.
“I learnt a great deal about local history and saw a number of vessels from a bygone age.”
Anthony Grantham, director of Rose Narrowboats said: “We were delighted to welcome Mark Pawsey MP as one of many Heritage Open Day visitors to their boatyard on the Oxford Canal at Stretton under Fosse last Sunday.
“Around 100 people were able to see historic boats moving along the canal. On view there was a pair of traditional working boats built in the 1930s, complete with the cabins from which their crews had lived and worked, an ice-breaker tug, a modern push-tug, the last purpose built canal inspection vessel ever constructed, and a boat displayed out of the water on the slip way.
He added: “Two holiday hire boats were open for viewing which attracted a good deal of interest, and most of the visitors chose to take the free boat trip along the canal to experience canal cruising at first hand.”