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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 Woodpecker - Syrian Woodpecker from Aldermaston Wharf

Service Was very good but the boat had a few problems

22 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Wren - Golden Crested Wren from Alvechurch

Great staff , very helpful and polite

22 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Wide Beam - Sanderling from Falkirk

our first time on an ABC boat, the wifi was excellent, the handover great and the boat's facliliities were first class

22 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Woodpecker - Syrian Woodpecker from Aldermaston Wharf

Boat had no heating toilet door didn’t lock radio didn’t work We had a little rain so to have heating would have been good.

22 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Swan - Coscoroba Swan from Alvechurch

Great experience from start to finish. The boats a great and you get everything you need.

22 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Wren - Golden Crested Wren from Alvechurch

Very polite and helpful staff , would definitely do it again

22 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Swan - Coscoroba Swan from Alvechurch

Amazing weekend. Loved every minute.

22 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Wide Beam - Sanderling from Falkirk

Lovely wide canal, couldn't work out why there weren't more boats on it

22 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Woodpecker - Black Woodpecker from Wrenbury

Beautiful scenery, a lot of locks so hard work at times, but worth it for the views.

21 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Woodpecker - Black Woodpecker from Wrenbury

Our 6th holiday with ABC and once again, fantastic staff, amazing boat and a brilliant holiday. Would highly recommend. Boat was well stocked and very clean when we started our problem. Had an issue with WiFi whilst away but this was resolved in a few hours and the team were apologetic - not an issue for us at all. Staff at Marina were very good and provided useful information to help us on our way.

21 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Swift - Common Swift from Alvechurch

A pleasure to Hire with! From the start of the holiday we felt very welcome and comfortable with ABC the staff were friendly and the instructors and sales staff thorough enough to be sure we knew what we were doing and what we wanted from our break.

21 Jun 2024

Your recent holiday on Swift - Common Swift from Alvechurch

A pleasure to Hire with! From the start of the holiday we felt very welcome and comfortable with ABC the staff were friendly and the instructors and sales staff thorough enough to be sure we knew what we were doing and what we wanted from our break.

21 Jun 2024