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 Bunting - Black Headed Bunting from Whitchurch Marina

An amazing holiday - scenery and peacefulness were brilliant. Everyone we encountered were delightful. Can’t wait till next time

28 Dec 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Dune Lark from Wrenbury


17 Dec 2019

Your recent holiday on Nene - Bragi from Gailey Wharf

Very friendly and efficient

01 Dec 2019

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Aquatic Warbler from Worcester

Lovely boat with very good amenities, lovely and clean!

28 Nov 2019

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Corn Bunting from Hilperton

Lovely family holiday on a fully equipped and comfortable boat

11 Nov 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Dune Lark from Wrenbury

Great company to deal with informative staff and good boats

10 Nov 2019

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Arctic Warbler from Aldermaston Wharf

Very friendly and professional. When we did have a problem with the boat with some carpentry needed in the saloon, it was efficiently resolved.

09 Nov 2019

Your recent holiday on Thrush - Fieldfare Thrush from Alvechurch

Clean and tidy boat. Plenty big enough for the four of us. Engine and heating both perfect.

09 Nov 2019

Your recent holiday on Swan - Black Necked Swan from Anderton

Boat was excellent, staff at marina were lovely. Weather was mixed. Had a great time.

07 Nov 2019

Your recent holiday on Wagtail - Yellow Wagtail from Rugby Wharf

I have been using ABC for 25 years they remain efficient effective and pleasant to do business with. They have never let me down, just the sort of company I like to do business with.

07 Nov 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Bar Tailed Lark from Anderton

First time on a canal boat, had a really enjoyable week with the family. Will definitely be back in the near future for a couple of weeks.

07 Nov 2019

Your recent holiday on Owl - Eagle Owl from Alvechurch

We had a great time and had fun. Initially we were going to to do a shorter route but decided to complete the Birmingham ring. I think we bit off a little too much for a 4 night holiday and given the fact we had to get the boat back by 0930 on the fifth day. The country side was beautiful but as we got to the locks leading into the city centre and started to work our way up, there were a fair few Ne'er-do-wells floating about which made it feel a little edgy. That said we reached Gas St as dark descended and order was restored. I would definitely recommend and use ABC again to explore different routes.

07 Nov 2019