Welcome to a slower pace of life

Cast off and leave your cares behind with a boating holiday from ABC Boat Hire.

With 16 starting locations across the waterway network and 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 an enjoyable a boating holiday can be and Watch our videos!

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


Our Locations

Explore our beautiful locations across the country.

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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.


Choose your boat

Whatever your group number, we've a range of beautiful hand built boats to choose from.

Two to Five berth

With accommodation for up to 5 people, these boats are perfect for couples or smaller family-sized parties.

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Six to eight berth

These boats accommodate between 6 and 8 people and are popular with 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 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 Wye - Horik from Worcester

Boat was in excellent mechanical condition even though it was old. Very good route availability from this base. Boat would benefit from a little more storage space in the form of more hooks and shelves. We preferred this aspect of this class of boat from Gailey last year.

18 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Owl - Snowy Owl from Hilperton

Excellent break ..well equipped barge ...cosy and clean..We were nervous at first but soon got to know what to do and when , with an instruction before set off ,and our book supplied in easy to understand print

18 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Shore Lark from Aldermaston Wharf

Had a great time and very good service from staff at ABC Boat hire. Boat was very clean and well looked after.

17 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Dove - Emerald Dove from Gailey Wharf

Boat clean and all worked well

17 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Thrush - American Thrush from Gayton

We have had a wonderful holiday. Its is our fifth time with you and we have no complaints at all. We had a few problems with the battery on the boat but the on call team were very helpful and sorted us out. Paul the engineer came to meet us as soon as we returned to talk to us about it. Everyone was very helpful at the beginning and end of our cruise. We will be with you next year.

17 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Gull - Common Gull from Gailey Wharf

We had no problems with the boat except poor wifi

17 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Bar Tailed Lark from Anderton

En fantastisk ferieform!!

16 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Weaver - Brown Weaver from Alvechurch

Excellent overall, also good weathe

16 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Great Crested Grebe from Whitchurch Marina

Really enjoyable holiday with great service from start to finish

16 Sep 2019

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

We have received very good service and a professional response from the staff at Goytre Wharf. Although we pointed out some things that can be improved on the boat, these remarks do not diminish our satisfaction.

16 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Snow Bunting from Gayton

Brilliant service from attentive staff. The boat was spotless with attention to detail. We had a wonderful holiday.

16 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Spotted Eagle from Union Wharf

Excellent boat. Excellent service. Friendly staff

16 Sep 2019