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Canal boat hire

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

Canal boat hire like you've never experienced before. With 16 starting locations across the waterway network and canal boat sizes to accommodate 2 to 12 people. You, 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 just how relaxing and enjoyable a canal boat holiday can be - watch our boating videos if you don't believe us!

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Our Canal Boat 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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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.

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Choose your canal boat

Whatever your group, 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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Canal Boat FAQs

Can I hire a boat just for the day?

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Yes - we have day hire boats at several of our locations - For more information, head to our day boat hire website: www.abcdayboathire.com

How much does it cost to rent a canal boat?

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The price of renting a canal boat varies depending on the location and length of your holiday, as well as the canal boat you choose. We provide a range of special offers, including a 2-week discount, 2nd holiday discount, multi-boat discount, loyalty discount and early bird discount. We also allow you to spread the cost of your holiday with our easy payment plan. Contact a member of our friendly team to find out more about the costs of our canal boat holidays.

Where is the best place for a canal boat holiday?

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It all depends on the type of canal boat holiday you’re looking for! We have locations across England, Scotland and Wales such as Anderton Marina, Falkirk Canal and Goytre Wharf. Not sure where to spend your next canal boat holiday? Check our locations, routes and boats for inspiration. Alternatively, contact a member of our knowledgeable team who will offer invaluable canal boat holiday advice.

Can I still book if I haven't 'driven' a boat before?

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No previous experience is necessary, as our boats are extremely easy to handle and full tuition is given at the start of every holiday. Comprehensive cruising information is in a manual on the boat and details are sent out with the holiday documents to introduce you to the theory of locks and the 'rules of the road'. We provide our own 24hr emergency helpline. 

Do you need a license to drive a boat?

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You do not need a driving licence for a canal boat or narrowboat and the boat itself is licenced by us for CRT waterways. There are a few waterways outside their jurisdiction for which you will need to purchase an additional licence as you enter them, such as the Scottish Canals, Rivers Avon, Thames and Wey. Our start bases can provide details when you arrive to pick up your boat. Aldermaston boats have a Thames license.

The maximum number of people allowed on board is restricted to the number of berths.

Can we bring pets aboard?

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This really is a holiday the whole family can enjoy together. We do not charge for any of your pets - however there is normally a maximum of 2 allowed. We obviously request that the boat is returned in a clean and tidy condition and reserve the right to refuse pets or charge for any additional cleaning or repairs required as a result of pets being on board during your holiday.  


ABC BOAT HIRE REVIEWS

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Your recent holiday on Swan - Coscoroba Swan from Alvechurch

Weather could have been better. The stourport loop involves a lot of locks some of them pretty tricky and this is not a holiday for faint hearted or anyone looking for a rest. Loved the country bits and fab going through centre Birmingham but some of the Birmingham leg was a bit grotty. All in all an adventure we will never forget.

11 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Swan - Coscoroba Swan from Alvechurch

The team at the marina were brilliant.. really kind and helpful helping us sort a route and get loaded and unloaded. The Swan was well equipped but has seen better days and is really a bunk house on a boat though you have to expect if you hire a boat for 12!

11 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Rock Bunting from Alvechurch

Snabb och korrekt återkoppling.

10 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Rock Bunting from Alvechurch

Bra och trevligt bemötande

10 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Wren - Inca Wren from Whitchurch Marina

Instruction was good, staff was friendly. A day is lost due checking in late in the day and the need to returning early, this maybe an area that can be improved.

09 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Wren - Inca Wren from Whitchurch Marina

Excellent service, great boats

09 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Pied Billed Grebe from Gayton

Lovely holiday on this boat, knowledgable staff to explain to first-timers, well stocked boat.

09 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Pied Billed Grebe from Gayton

Challenging but fun experience on a 4-day trip along Grand Union canal, peaceful and enjoyable whilst meeting lovely people and pubs along the way. Would look for an upgraded boat for a little more comfort next time. ABC Boats weee very helpful and knowledgable staff. Thoroughly recommend such a holiday in the UK.

09 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Owl - Scops Owl from Blackwater Meadow Marina

This is our 5th trip with ABC Boat Hire and specifically the Scops Owl and it is always a highlight of the year. We book from Blackwater marina and spend a relaxing and occasionally boozy long weekend sailing to Llangollon and back from Friday to Monday, enjoying food and drink in the friendly canalside pubs en route. The locks and tunnels that you will come across are fun changes to the otherwise stunning scenery the trip provides. The real highlight is the pontcysyllte aquaduct, marvelling at the stunning views and incredible engineering. The loyalty discount is a real plus to encourage return trips, plus the early booking discount is great. Communication from booking up to the day is excellent. The boat is always clean and ready. The staff are friendly. Myself and my other 9 friends who regularly set sail could not recommend more and having been booking with ABC Boat hire since 2014. Thanks for another wonderful weekend and looking forward to seeing you again next year. Matt

08 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Lark - Desert Lark from Falkirk

Relaxing, peaceful holiday, highly recommend for all all ages

08 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Heron - Great Blue Heron from Anderton

Relativt bra pris för den här typen av båt

08 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Reed Bunting from Anderton

see review that said it all all ready books for next year same marina same boat reed bunting

08 Jun 2024