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 Gull - Yellow Legged Gull from Wrenbury

This is the second canal experience had with ABC , and on both times the staff,condition of the boat,at each marina have been excellent.

19 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Swallow - Red Sea Swallow from Goytre Wharf

Well organised and helpful

18 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Lucy's Warbler from Whitchurch Marina

Helpful friendly staff, beautifully turned out narrow boats. We would highly recommend ABC boat hire.

18 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Thrush - Fieldfare Thrush from Alvechurch

very well organised. Boat well equipped .A Great Holiday.

18 May 2019

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

Brilliant in every way , we loved every minute of the holiday

17 May 2019

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

Great value with the aid of Tesco vouchers!!

16 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Barred Warbler from Alvechurch

Incredibly relaxing break, very quiet and picturesque. Cruised to the top of Hatton Locks and returned and only saw 6 active other boats. Perfect social week, good family and friends time.

16 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Garden Warbler from Gayton

I thought the service by your team was very good especially Paul - we had to come back and have new batteries fitted and he was quick and efficient, turned the boat around for us and off we went.

16 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Thrush - Redwing from Wrenbury

Because everything about the holiday exceeded our expectations.

16 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Dunns Lark from Worcester

Fantastiskt fräsch och praktisk båt med fullgod utrustning! Mycket tydlig information före start. Otroligt trevliga omgivningar med hjälpsamma människor både på kanalerna och iland. Så vackert och rogivande färd med stor grönska och spännande fågelliv! Det lever vi på länge!!

16 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Hooded Warbler from Whitchurch Marina

I gave 5 stars because staff gave excellent service. Service from every person I had contact with was attentive, helpful, effective, accommodating, reassuring ( for this novice!), and pleasant. Names I recall are: Jason (pre-trip telephone planning), Mandy (email and front desk), and Jay ( on-board training). There were others whose names I do not recall. In addition to customer service, the boat worked! Only thing that could have been better: weather.

16 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Gull - Pacific Gull from Gailey Wharf

Excellent service and boat

16 May 2019