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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 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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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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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

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 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.  



Don't take our word for it...

Feefo average score: 4.6 out of 5.

Your recent holiday on Swift - American Black Swift from Blackwater Meadow Marina

It was all so simple, took minutes to hire. Communication was excellent.

12 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Swift - American Black Swift from Blackwater Meadow Marina

The boat was ready for us an hour early and we got away from the marina on time to complete our passage to Llangollen and return in 4 days.

12 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Sandpiper - Knot Sandpiper from Alvechurch

We have had a perfect holiday

12 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Sandpiper - Knot Sandpiper from Alvechurch

Very good service and friendly people - Boat in TOP condition - We will come back again

12 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Lucy's Warbler from Whitchurch Marina

The service and staff were excellent boat was spotless

11 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Duck - Wood Duck from Gailey Wharf

Very friendly and very helpful

11 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Lucy's Warbler from Whitchurch Marina

The service was excellent, the staff are all very friendly and nothing is to much trouble, the boat was spotless I can not fault it, I will certainly come again

11 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Yellow Warbler from Hilperton

Nearly perfect very good thanks

11 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Lark - Dunns Lark from Worcester

Support staff were excellent and explained everything very well before we started. The boat was well appointed with everything we would need. Unfortunately the beds were very hard and uncomfortable and so we returned a day early to the marina.

11 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Duck - Wood Duck from Gailey Wharf

Friendly and welcoming and very helpful

11 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Lark - Dunns Lark from Worcester

See my comments above. Also would have been good to have some dial/indicator to tell us what water and fuel we had left. The pull down seat was hard to pull down and the screw fell out during our hire. We managed to fix it but whilst I was holding the seat up for my son to fix I had my face close to the seat. It was not very clean smelling. I believe that all the material seats needed a deep clean.

11 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Wagtail - White Wagtail from Whitchurch Marina

Lovely location travelling to Llangollen and Montgomery canal The only point worth making is that double beds should have double mattress, not 2 single butted together, a good night sleep is essential on a boating holiday

11 Aug 2022