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 Lark - Crested Lark from Blackwater Meadow Marina

Excellent service from marina staff. Great route. Barge had all we needed.

21 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Gull - Audouins Gull from Gayton

Brilliant. The canal boat was great, the Grand Union Canal was great. Thank you

21 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Sky Lark from Falkirk

an excellent holiday,the boat was lovely and the Scottish Canals staff who managed it were exceptionally good, helpful and friendly

21 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Ashes Lark from Worcester

What an amazing company....staff....boats. first class. Everyone should go. Fantastic place to first time barge holiday

21 May 2019

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

Great boat (only 6 months old) so in really nice condition. Comfortable and clean. Llangollen canal brilliant with only a couple of locks either way (although getting into Llangollen when busy would be interesting as there are a couple of one-way sections). We had a brilliant week with friends stopping in Chirk, Llangollen and Ellesmere. Absolutely recommend the location and ABC boat hire @ Whitchurch.

21 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Weaver - Village Weaver from Aldermaston Wharf

Although expensive for a short break, the overall package is very good.

21 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Spotted Eagle from Union Wharf

As always the ABC staff were really cheerful, friendly and efficient. Also as boat wasn’t out the day before, they let us pick it up a little early.

21 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Sun Lark from Hilperton

Our third holiday on this class of vessel, layout ideally suited to our needs (two couples) and Boat very well equipped. Enjoyed first trip on Kennet & Avon in glorious weather and very scenic. Would have welcomed better instruction re mooring on return, other than that the handover was very good and thorough.

21 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Sandpiper - Purple Sandpiper from Gayton

Everything turned out as we expected made the more enjoyable by some great weather. The Staff and handover at both ends of our holiday was relaxed and informative. The boat was in good order, clean and well equipped

21 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Hooded Warbler from Whitchurch Marina

Everything was to the standard of a good hotel.staff very, very helpful and nothing too much trouble. Would have another holiday with yourselves, no probs.Thanks for a wonderful experience.

21 May 2019

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

This was our third year and it was as great as always. The staff is always friendly and welcoming and happy to share tips and ideas as to what to do/see at and around the canal. The boat is always immaculately turned out and everything is working just fine. We will be coming back - most likely for many years.

21 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Wide Beam - Sanderling from Falkirk

thoroughly enjoyed the trip. the boat was fantastic (Sanderling wide berth) and although we had an issue with a water pump it was resolved over the phone until we reached the depot , that we would soon be passing. Pump changed and we were soon on our way. very helpful and polite staff.

21 May 2019