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 Derwent - Torbern from Whitchurch Marina

This is my 2nd time on your boats and I really enjoyed the experience. So did my friends as this was their first time.

21 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Horned Lark from Alvechurch

Superb! This is our 9th canal holiday. Best Narrow boat we have been on -would recommend to others.

20 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Gull - Iceland Gull from Alvechurch

Great experience and restful holiday

20 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Duck - Long Tailed Duck from Whitchurch Marina

Our holiday was interrupted at the start due to unforeseen circumstances but the marina at Whitchurch were very understanding and did everything they could to help. We did get away eventually, the boat was lovely and we had a very relaxing time which was much needed.

20 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Gull - Slender Billed Gull from Wrenbury

Excellent boat, friendly staff, beautiful canal!

20 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Desert Lark from Falkirk

The boat was in first class condition and we had a good week.

19 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Grays Lark from Whitchurch Marina

From booking to briefing, setting sail to handing the boat back, the ABC team made it a great holiday.

19 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Goose - Blue Goose from Hilperton

One of the best holidays I’ve ever had with a group of mates. Highly recommend.

19 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Horned Grebe from Gailey Wharf

We really enjoy being on the canals

19 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Daylark from Gayton Marina

What an amazing experience. None of our group knew how to drive the canal boat but there was a great dvd and then we were shown a quick tutorial on the water. Every single member of staff was friendly and helpful. We went all the way to Nether heyford and back stopping at Bugbrooke for a drink at The Wharf. Would highly reccommend this day trip to everyone looking for something a bit different and relaxing.

19 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Thrush - Siberian Thrush from Whitchurch Marina

Staff at the marina were extremely helpful, especially Jason, Jane and Ray. However, could've done with a cafe at the marina, and also a shop which sold basic provisions like milk, eggs, butter, bread, newspapers, etc

19 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Grasshopper Warbler from Gayton

I really fantastic boat in absolutely to condition. Marina staff welcoming, friendly and very helpful.

19 Jul 2019