About The Pirate Castle

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 learning, leisure and life chances through inclusive participation in the waterways and community activities that are stimulating, sociable 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 enhance 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/damaging behaviours or improve people’s health and longer-term life chances.

More than a distinctive gateway to the canal’s resources, our nationally-recognised boat handling courses and paddlesport development pathways also open up volunteer, coaching and employability opportunities, equipping people with a range of life and practical skills.

Over the past 50 years we have proudly transformed our stretch of the canal from an underutilised resource to a thriving hub of community activity. Built in 1977, our iconic Castle is a proud symbol of community strength, dedication and ambition. Extensive fundraising campaigns and Section 106 grants enabled us to re-model the Pirate Castle in 2008, broadening facilities for disability groups at our improved, fully-accessible venue. Our purpose-built, wheelchair accessible canal boat ‘Pirate Prince’ followed in 2011, opening up the waterway experience 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!

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Our dedicated team of staff, coaches and volunteers provide an impressive array of inclusive community activities and training, both water and land-based, including:

The Pirate Castle is a fully accessible community venue, complete with lift, accessible toilets and showers and an induction loop.

Here is a video about some of the activities offered at the Pirate Castle: