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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 15 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

Feefo average score: 4.7 out of 5.

Your recent holiday on Wren - Song Wren from Whitchurch Marina

Lovely canal with plenty of great things to see and do, some nice pubs along the way

09 Nov 2022

Your recent holiday on Wren - Song Wren from Whitchurch Marina

Great well equipped boat, friendly helpful staff , super countryside, great holiday

09 Nov 2022

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Cape Warbler from Springwood Haven Marina

Pleasant, helpful staff. Marina with excellent facilities.

05 Nov 2022

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Cape Warbler from Springwood Haven Marina

Really good service from Springwood haven marina and a boat with good layout and facilities.

05 Nov 2022

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

The boat was ready before allotted time, and all very clean, Although my husband and I have been on many barge holidays, our friends had not, and I was very impressed with the working lock, visual instructions given, with a working model. All staff very friendly. All kitchen utensils and pans were in tip top condition. There was nothing to fault. They even somehow kept the rain away.

05 Nov 2022

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Hooded Grebe from Springwood Haven Marina

As section 1 regarding maintenance follow up.

05 Nov 2022

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Hooded Grebe from Springwood Haven Marina

The whole trip was very good and the boat was well fitted out and clean. The response to the alternator belt slipping off could have been better, especially the day after it was fitted back on, when I had to keep phoning the office to find out if a replacement was going to be fitted. It seemed like there was no internal communication between Springwood and Kings Orchard and we had been forgotten about.

05 Nov 2022

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

Excellent all round would recommend.

05 Nov 2022

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Leaf Warbler from Alvechurch

Very helpful and friendly, would recommend.

04 Nov 2022

Your recent holiday on Heron - Purple Heron from Wrenbury

Great service from friendly enthusiastic staff, would definitely recommend to others. Boats had good provisions for our needs with the exception of WiFi which had low limit capacity and required us to a keep calling the office for additional code renewals in order to keep our teenager happy! It would be nice if WiFi use was unlimited.

04 Nov 2022

Your recent holiday on Heron - Purple Heron from Wrenbury

Boat, marina and staff excellent all round

04 Nov 2022

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Leaf Warbler from Alvechurch

Nice boat, but the vent above the kitchen leaked badly when wet, the grill in the cooker didn’t work, oven door shattered, leaving it un unusable, folding seat in the dining room was semi ceased, we used butter to lubricant and make it work, the window in the dining room leaked in the corner, wetting the upholstery, the draw under the fixed bed wouldn’t stay closed, being hazardous when moving though the boat.

04 Nov 2022