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 Tyne - Sigrid from Worcester

Well equiped - efficient handover

24 Mar 2019

Your recent holiday on Cheers from Hilperton Marina

Great day out with the family

23 Mar 2019

Your recent holiday on Heyday from Aldermaston Wharf

Very helpful, with clear instructions.

22 Mar 2019

Your recent holiday on Wren - Sedge Wren from Hilperton

best weekend break ever just perfect

22 Mar 2019

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Imperial Eagle from Alvechurch

Couldn't fault ABC enough, nothing was too much trouble and the time Paul spent with us teaching us what to do was very informative and pitched just right.

22 Mar 2019

Your recent holiday on Away Day from Alvechurch Marina

1. Booking staff were excellent esp with the changes that I had with dates etc. 2 marina staff from front counter to handover wee efficient and stress free 3. Safety was No . 1 priority 4. The boat was a gem, it had everything , we prepared for our picnic but it was all there on board incl. cutlery and sink. The boat handled beautifully. Stopped at two pubs northwards. 5. Only regret was that we only had a boat for one day. Thanks for giving us the most memorable stress free day in the UK.

22 Mar 2019

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Rock Bunting from Alvechurch

Great overall, lovely staff and comfortable boat

18 Mar 2019

Your recent holiday on Weaver - Village Weaver from Aldermaston Wharf

Everything was really good and great friendly staff . The only thing that was a bit of a nuisance was locks being so close together ,but over all throughly enjoyed it .

16 Mar 2019

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Red Necked Grebe from Hilperton

GReat service, very helpful

15 Mar 2019

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

Excellent experience as always will use again

15 Mar 2019

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Willow Warbler from Worcester

Fantastic boat, helpful staff at both Alvechurch and Worcester marina’s lovely weather and beautiful scenery. The 54 locks in two days was a challenge but we did it and we will probably do it again thank you ABC

15 Mar 2019

Your recent holiday on Wide Beam - Sanderling from Falkirk

There were 7 American women who embarked on this 7 day adventure piloting our own boat on the Union Canal. The instruction and introduction to our boat was excellent! We had such a good time...it wasn't without incident or drama, but Amazing! What beauty and the boat accommodations were superb! Given that our boat was larger than some of our friends who were doing the same thing...we traveled slowly. We met lovely people along the way and had a great time...

03 Mar 2019