Photograph of The Pirate castle on the Regent's Canal

The Pirate Castle

The Pirate Castle
Gilbey's Wharf
Oval Road
Visitor Info

The Pirate Castle is a community boating charity and a unique, fully-accessible community centre on the bank of the Regents Canal.

We’ve been flying the flag for opportunity and adventure on the canal for over 50 years and are passionate about opening up the waterways for everyone to enjoy!

We offer canal cruises, kayaking and canoeing, training and accreditation and venue hire at affordable rates.

All of the money raised through the hire of our characterful venue and canal-based activities helps fund our charitable community projects.

The Pirate Castle is a boating and outdoor activities charity based in a unique, fully-accessible community centre on the Regent's Canal in the heart of Camden Town. Our mission is to promote life chances, learning and healthy living through canal-based and community activities that are stimulating, inclusive and accessible.

Canoeing, kayaking and canal boating are core to our work and we strive to tackle disadvantage, challenge exclusion and support the more vulnerable members of our community through all that we do. Our raft of adventurous recreation, outdoor education and training initiatives improve health and wellbeing, nurture life and social skills and bring people together through active participation - regardless of their ability or personal circumstances.

Our work focuses on children, young people and SEND (special educational needs and disability) groups of all ages, both from our local borough of Camden and more widely across London. We also partner with mainstream and specialist schools, Pupil Referral Units, frontline and voluntary support services to deliver projects that link with the curriculum, help address challenging behaviours or improve people’s longer-term life chances.

Over the past 50 years we have transformed our stretch of the canal from an underutilised resource to a vibrant hub of opportunity and activity. Built in 1977 and designed by famous architects, Seiferts, The Pirate Castle is renowned as being the first defensive castle built in Britain since the sixteenth century. It is also a proud symbol of community dedication and ambition.

Extended and re-modelled in 2008 with Lottery and local government funding and newly-refurbished for 2017, our fully-accessible and characterful venue provides a mixture of community space, meeting rooms, a roof terrace nestled between the ramparts and dedicated changing and 'wet' areas for kayaking and canoeing sessions. We also have a wheelchair-friendly bankside for easy access to the canal and our boats, which include a purpose-built, wheelchair accessible canal boat - opening up the waterway for all to enjoy.

Our free and heavily subsidised projects ensure that everyone can benefit from the Pirate Castle’s unique approach to training and adventure on the Regent’s Canal!