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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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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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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 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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Don't take our word for it...

Feefo average score: 4.6 out of 5.

Your recent holiday on Heron - Humblots Heron from Wrenbury

We were both very happy with Humblot's Heron and, having cruised the canals extensively, I was very interested to see how the boats have changed! We were very happy with the facilities on board with the slight exception of never being able to get the main TV channels on the TV!

24 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Wagtail - White Wagtail from Whitchurch Marina

Enjoyed it all. Looking forward to the next.

24 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Lapland Bunting from Wrenbury

The whole experience was brilliant! The barge was so clean and well equipped and comfortable. The handover was very informative from a guy who knows his boats, he lives on one! We had such a fantastic few days. It was our first time but won’t be our last!

24 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Wren - Marbled Wren from Worcester

The service provided was great - super friendly, really relaxed and informative - and the boat and general equipment etc really well managed, maintained and explained. We had a lovely weekend and very grateful for the very friendly and helpful approach provided by the ABC Team. Wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

24 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Woodpecker - Green Woodpecker from Aldermaston Wharf

A great experience, good fun

24 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Wren - Marbled Wren from Worcester

Booking, briefing and service was good.

24 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Wren - Cactus Wren from Falkirk

We had a most enjoyable two weeks during which we stopped off in Edinburgh, Kirkintilloch, Bowling, Glasgow and at the Kelpies. Scottish Canal staff and volunteers were invariably friendly and helpful.

24 Sep 2021

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

Loved the barge experience

24 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Lesser Spotted Eagle from Hilperton

No problems except small marina

24 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Heron - Humblots Heron from Wrenbury

A comfortable boat, well fitted out, and beautifully prepared. Nothing was too much trouble for the staff at Wrenbury, though they were extra busy on the afternoon we left, so there was a very slight delay in getting away. Highly recommended, and a memorable and trouble-free week.

24 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Swift - African Swift from Hilperton

great service friendly staff helpful and patient tutoring he came down the canal with us and had to walk back..

24 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Weaver - Brown Weaver from Alvechurch

Good, but rather dated boat, excellent weather, great customer service as ever.

24 Sep 2021