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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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0330 333 0590


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 Dove - Turtle Dove from Aldermaston Wharf

Clean and well-equipped boat. Generally very friendly, although the Marina was slightly stern about arrival time - latest 4.30 p.m.

14 May 2021

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Aquatic Warbler from Worcester

ABC Staff at Worcester were all very friendly and helpful and we were given a short "training" session before we departed. The boat was very clean and well equipped and we had absolutely everything we needed.

13 May 2021

Your recent holiday on Owl - Scops Owl from Blackwater Meadow Marina

Always have a great hire with ABC Boat Hire. Will definitely hire with them again. Staff are always helpful and the boat is always clean

12 May 2021

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

Fantastic holiday. Very helpful, knowledgeable staff. Beautiful canal with exceptional scenery! Looking forward to our next boating holiday! Thank you

12 May 2021

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

A wonderful experience helped by fabulous staff and facilities made our Brecon & Monmouth canal trip a huge success

12 May 2021

Your recent holiday on Duck - Tufted Duck from Rugby Wharf

efficient well organised .

11 May 2021

Your recent holiday on Wren - Carolina Wren from March Wharf

We had a great time despite the awful weather!! The boat was one of the nicest one’s we’ve ever been was so clean and fresh smelling! Well done to the cleaners.

11 May 2021

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

Very attractive well equipped boat, easy to handle and manoevre. However, the supplied waterproofs were far too big for one of us.

11 May 2021

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Crowned Eagle from Aldermaston Wharf

Love a barge holiday. That's why we keep coming back for more. Relaxing whilst being active with daily objectives and achievement.

11 May 2021

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

Great narrow boat with everything you need for a short break. The staff are really friendly and a problem with the heating system was fixed straight away.

11 May 2021

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

Very good service, friendly and efficient staff. Boat was clean and tidy. Had problem with boat heating one evening and this was sorted out promptly by visit from engineer who replaced heater.

11 May 2021

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

Great boat, amazing scenery, and all the excitement of the aqueducts and tunnels on this wonderful canal.

11 May 2021