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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 Goose - Upland Goose from Gailey Wharf

The boat was very well equipped with most things that we needed, apart from a toast rack !! there was a good back up if there were any problems, the staff were very friendly. we have used ABC for about 20 years and have always found the boats to be good. we always have the 70 ft. We have just completed 25 years narrowboating and have loved all the holidays, but now is the time to retire to a not so active holiday. Thank you. And by the way, the beds were very comfortable.

22 May 2024

Your recent holiday on Goose - Upland Goose from Gailey Wharf

Great boat, everything we needed

22 May 2024

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Crowned Eagle from Aldermaston Wharf

From the reception to the crew working on the boat everyone was polite and very friendly . Henry gave us a great introduction and instructions beforehand. When we got stuck sideways the two men that came worked very hard for almost 3 hours to rescue us. We didn’t hear them complain or swear (they may have and we don’t blame them if they did But we didn’t hear them). Thank you. We will recommend you to anyone.

22 May 2024

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Dartford Warbler from Blackwater Meadow Marina

Quality well-maintained boats, superior and friendly customer service. Just completed our third hire from ABC, and every time has been the same great experience. They've thought of everything to make their boats user-friendly without being overdone. Highly recommend!

22 May 2024

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Dartford Warbler from Blackwater Meadow Marina

Very comfortable boat, well-maintained and up to date features. Nicely appointed kitchen, and lots of unexpected features for a comfortable holiday.

22 May 2024

Your recent holiday on Finch - Red Poll Finch from Goytre Wharf

Staff at Goytre Wharf were excellent and couldn't be more helpful.

22 May 2024

Your recent holiday on Finch - Red Poll Finch from Goytre Wharf

Excellent all round, as we've found in the past

22 May 2024

Your recent holiday on Wren - Musician Wren from Springwood Haven Marina

Nothing to fault.........

22 May 2024

Your recent holiday on Wren - Musician Wren from Springwood Haven Marina

The boat newish design was faultless, although compact. Service and assistance from both ABC marinas visited was excellent

22 May 2024

Your recent holiday on Wagtail - Mountain Wagtail from Hilperton

Same as for question 1!!!

22 May 2024

Your recent holiday on Wagtail - Mountain Wagtail from Hilperton

The boat was extremely well prepared and staff very helpful

22 May 2024

Your recent holiday on Wren - Winter Wren from Wrenbury

ABC Boat Hirers are excellent. We have hired twice a year from them for 6 or 7 years. The boats is always exceptionally clean and well equipped. The staff are always polite and helpful. They pass on lots of local information and boating tips.

22 May 2024

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