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 Thrush - Hermit Thrush from Wrenbury

Fine boat. Exelent service. A loveley trip to Llangollen and back again. Fin service af personalet. God og funktionel båd med god plads, når man tager bredden af båden i betragtning.

23 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Greater Spotted Eagle from Wrenbury

Well equipped comfortable boat.

23 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Kestrel - Common Kestrel from Gailey Wharf

Very good second trip with abc great staff very friendly and helpful would recommend and definitely will be going back for more many thanks

23 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Willow Warbler from Worcester

An excellent all round trip

23 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Heron - Humblots Heron from Wrenbury

The boat was well equipped, clean, in good order and competitively priced.

23 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Corn Bunting from Hilperton

I made a last minute booking and the service from start to finish was excellent. Even the fuel refund was in my bank account the Monday after handing back on Friday.

23 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Bonellis Eagle from Gayton

Fabolus week with sun and a very beautiful Grand Union Canal.

23 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Crested Lark from Blackwater Meadow Marina

Excellent trip, great boat, great layout

23 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Tawny Lark from Hilperton

The boat had everything we needed to be comfortable. It was a unique experience.

23 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Duck - Mandarin Duck from Worcester

From the initial inquiry ... to booking ... to departure date .. to our return the whole experience was perfect. The boat was superb and just as expected.

23 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Medway - Rodulf from Gailey Wharf

Lovely holiday, instruction was spot on, our first experience was a good one, enhanced by the lovely weather, sometimes marred by other snotty unhelpful boat owners, everything we needed was provided and explained, will definitely do it again

23 Sep 2019

Your recent holiday on Gull - Little Gull from Alvechurch

Good location on the canal network. Straightforward check-in process. Speedy technical handover when technician realised we'd cruised many times before so no time wasted. Well appointed boat that handled very nicely.

22 Sep 2019