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Canal boat hire

Cast off and leave your cares behind with a boating holiday from ABC Boat Hire.

With 15 starting locations across the waterway network and canal boat sizes to accommodate 2 to 12 people, you and your family or friends can afford to kick back and relax as you enjoy watching Britain's most stunning countryside drift by. See for yourself how relaxing and enjoyable a canal boat holiday can be - watch our videos if you don't believe us!


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See for yourself how relaxing a canal boating holiday can be!


Our Canal Holiday Locations

Explore our beautiful canal boat hire locations across the country – from the stunning Welsh countryside to the bustling lifestyle of Scotland’s lively cities.

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A Brochure

Our latest brochure makes choosing your boating holiday as easy as ABC. Inside it you'll discover advice on how to plan your trip, find comprehensive boat layouts and details, plus maps, guides and handy tips to help you make the most of our beautiful waterways on your canal holiday.


Choose your canal boat

Whatever your group number, we've a range of beautiful hand-built canal boats to hire for your narrowboat holiday.

Two to Five berth

Accommodating up to 5 people, these boats are perfect for couples or small families searching for their next boating holiday

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Six to eight berth

These boats accommodate between 6 and 8 people, making for a perfect boating holiday for larger families and groups

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Up to twelve berth

With space for up to 12 people, if you're planning a multi-family boating holiday or big celebration, these are the boats for you.

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140 Routes

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Special Offers

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Maps & Guides

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Don't take our word for it...

Feefo average score: 4.6 out of 5.

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Wood Warbler from Gailey Wharf

everything from the boatyard handover at the start to handing the boat back was very smooth and professional. great holiday in a lovely clean and reliable boat.

17 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Eagle - White Tailed Eagle from Worcester

As usual, we had a great time and have just booked our next one!!

16 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Swallow - Red Collared Swallow from Goytre Wharf

Boat was clean and set up really well. Friendly staff. Beautiful scenery along the canal.

16 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Swift - African Swift from Hilperton

We enjoyed the Boat but did not like the number of itinerants in boats on Kennet & Avon. Particularly at Bradford they had the best moorings forcing us to moor along a muddy unsafe bank. Surely they are not all paying appropriate fees, or there should be monitored moorings for hire craft?

15 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Nene - Oscar from Gailey Wharf

Delightful, super clean and sanitised boat, great suggested route, lovely helpful people, and we used Tesco vouchers to make it fabulous value. Despite one day of horrible weather we had great fun. Boat has excellent heater to warm up and dry out

15 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Wren - Grass Wren from Kings Orchard Marina

ABC staff are always ready to be very helpful ,and the boats are presented beautifully.

15 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Heron - Humblots Heron from Wrenbury

Very friendly and helpful staff, boat was very well equipped, and reassuringly clean.

14 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Lark - Sky Lark from Falkirk

Everything went like clockwork. Smooth handover and good instructions. Boat lovely and clean. Everything and more you needed for a 3 night stay. Thinking of buying my own barge I enjoyed the experience so much.

13 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Lark - Meadow Lark from Aldermaston Wharf

The boat was ready when we arrived, we were met by friendly and helpful staff. The boat was very clean and well equipped and we simply enjoyed all aspects of the trip to Newbury and back.

13 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Thrush - Swainsons Thrush from Hilperton

Really enjoyed our break.

13 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Reed Bunting from Anderton

Very enjoyable weekend m. Everything went smoothly from hand over to return

13 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Kestrel - Common Kestrel from Gailey Wharf

Lovely relaxing holiday, very friendly staff and smooth boat handover.

13 Oct 2021