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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: 4.5 out of 5.

Your recent holiday on Wren - House Wren from Gailey Wharf

Very well prepared boat and good support.

07 May 2021

Your recent holiday on Heron - Capped Heron from Gayton

Generally the boat was in good order, but the front door had been poorly repaired and inside trough of windows was dirty

07 May 2021

Your recent holiday on Wren - Cobbs Wren from Wrenbury

Great short trip. Excellent handover. Great boat which looked recently refurbished. Reasonably well appointed, comfortable beds and everything worked as expected. Very comprehensive instructions! Only missing a ouple of whay I would call essentioal kitchen items, namely a chopping board and a frying pan. Please do not expect your customers to be eating out especially when pubs are not open. Chopping food on a slippery glass worktop protector whic was the size of a placemat is actually dangerous with blunt knives. Frying items in a saute pan with straight sides and no non-stick coating is also not ideal. Non stick coatings are actually pretty good these days and do last years with daily use.

07 May 2021

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Hooded Grebe from Rugby Wharf

Friendly staff. Covid secure. Felt welcomed & comfortable

07 May 2021

Your recent holiday on Lark - Sun Lark from Hilperton

We had a wonderful holiday and the marina enabled us to get away quickly and start enjoying it.

07 May 2021

Your recent holiday on Heron - Great Blue Heron from Anderton

Great holiday, clean boat, information before leaving marina was great, felt safe knowing the team were on hand if there was any problems, which there wasnt, brilliant holiday!!!!

07 May 2021

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Lesser Spotted Eagle from Hilperton

All the staff at ABC were so friendly and helpful. The boat was as described.

05 May 2021

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

great service , friendly staff , boat was lovely . thouroghly enjoyable break . no complaints at all !

04 May 2021

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Yellow Warbler from Hilperton

Excellent boat and friendly and efficient team. Really nice short break from Hilperton in to Bath and back, a fairly easy 2 days with some amazing scenery. Well equipped and modern boat with everything you could need.

04 May 2021

Your recent holiday on Lark - Dusky Lark from Alvechurch

We had a great time on a lovely boat.

04 May 2021

Your recent holiday on Wren - Happy Wren from Blackwater Meadow Marina

very professional company, lovely boat, well equipped and luxurious, great holiday

04 May 2021

Your recent holiday on Heron - Night Heron from Whitchurch Marina

We really enjoyed our weekend, the staff were really helpful & explained everything clearly. The boat was exceptionally clean & comfortable

04 May 2021