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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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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 Bunting - Corn Bunting from Hilperton

We were extremely disappointed on our return when no interest was shown in our experience. It seemed that once we had returned the boat, despite being 15 minutes later, we were of no concern. Neill was great and the only one who even spoke interestedly to us. We put it down to a money making business where the experience is of no relevance. We would definetly not use your services again.

03 Jul 2022

Your recent holiday on Lark - Tawny Lark from Hilperton

Quality of Boat on this trip

03 Jul 2022

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Imperial Eagle from Alvechurch

Everything You needed only thing not very dog friendly

03 Jul 2022

Your recent holiday on Lark - Tawny Lark from Hilperton

Awaiting response from email sent to ABC Worcester Marina regarding issues with our latest trip with quality of boat from Hilperton Marina

03 Jul 2022

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Corn Bunting from Hilperton

There was a thorough handover which helped us to feel more comfortable with the handling of the boat.

03 Jul 2022

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Imperial Eagle from Alvechurch

Yes i would recommend them. It was a 1st for us and would not hesitate to book with them again

03 Jul 2022

Your recent holiday on Swan - Mute Swan from Hilperton

A good and positive experience

02 Jul 2022

Your recent holiday on Swan - Mute Swan from Hilperton

A brilliant experience. Hard work but enjoyable nonetheless. Great location and plenty of places to eat good food and enjoy a drink.

02 Jul 2022

Your recent holiday on Sandpiper - Green Sandpiper from Falkirk

Very good new beds with extra width for the night - big improvement! Maybe there could be a more "sit-friendly" area in the back outside area?

02 Jul 2022

Your recent holiday on Sandpiper - Green Sandpiper from Falkirk

Always perfect and friendly. Boats are nice and clean, staff very proffessional.

02 Jul 2022

Your recent holiday on Heron - Night Heron from Whitchurch Marina

The marina was very easy to find, with ample parking and very helpful and friendly staff.

02 Jul 2022

Your recent holiday on Lark - Bar Tailed Lark from Anderton

Very informative. Boats very clean and well equipped. Just thought 9.30am a bit of a rush to be off the boat!

02 Jul 2022