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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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See for yourself how relaxing a canal boating holiday can be!


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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A Brochure

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.


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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140 Routes

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Special Offers

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Maps & Guides

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Don't take our word for it...

Feefo average score: 4.6 out of 5.

Your recent holiday on Wren - Song Wren from Whitchurch Marina

The staff were excellent and they us a wonderful welcome. Richard did the handover of the boat which was very clear and gave us great confidence.

22 Nov 2021

Your recent holiday on Owl - Barn Owl from Wrenbury

Despite a broken lock effecting our Holliday the staff kept us well informed daily ,very friendly people

18 Nov 2021

Your recent holiday on Gull - Common Gull from Gailey Wharf

Excellent customer service, reception and engineers give really good advice on boat guidance and operation. Very friendly.

15 Nov 2021

Your recent holiday on Wren - Rock Wren from Whitchurch Marina

As soon as you get to the marina you are on holiday

14 Nov 2021

Your recent holiday on Lark - Horned Lark from Alvechurch

We had issues with broken heating and needing to make a second call to get a fix put in place. Also. we were not told about the fact we weren't allowed on the River Severn on Tuesday or Wednesday.

12 Nov 2021

Your recent holiday on Lark - Sun Lark from Hilperton

Boat was excellent and the landscape beautiful

09 Nov 2021

Your recent holiday on Lark - Grays Lark from Whitchurch Marina

The boat was immaculately clean, every time I rang with a query before the holiday I spoke to lovely friendly people who supported me with my query. Nothing seemed too much trouble

09 Nov 2021

Your recent holiday on Sandpiper - Upland Sandpiper from Hilperton

Very professional hand over and support throughout, and an excellent boat. All good.

09 Nov 2021

Your recent holiday on Owl - Long Eared Owl from Gayton

Nice clean boat, everything worked, friendly staff, we all enjoyed ourselves.

09 Nov 2021

Your recent holiday on Heron - Purple Heron from Wrenbury

You know exactly what you’re getting and it was a stress free experience

08 Nov 2021

Your recent holiday on Dove - Rock Dove from Worcester

Yes, the TV was really difficult to enjoy, being so close to the ceiling, to operate you needed to stand on the furniture and use a torch! gave you neck strain, especially for the children, disappointing. We were missing an under sheet, and mattress protector for the third double bed, and had to obtain this from another base, one of our double beds( being two single mattresses) would not zip together, and gave an uncomfortable night sleep. The vacuum cleaner was so full of dust, we had to empty this before we used it, the filter was so clogged, this we feel was very bad on housekeeping, maybe the end of the season, but sloppy work, is not acceptable.

07 Nov 2021

Your recent holiday on Duck - Mandarin Duck from Worcester

It was good but not excellent

07 Nov 2021