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 Grebe - Pied Billed Grebe from Gayton

The staff were very good, the boat was in excellent condition, ready on time,

16 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Swan - Trumpeter Swan from Aldermaston Wharf

Boat was clean, hand over was good answered all our questions and gave us a short demo to turn the boat around.

16 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Weaver - Brown Weaver from Alvechurch

God service och snälla rara.människor bemötte oss.öcerallt.Allt blev enligt mina förväntningar.

16 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Wren - Sedge Wren from Hilperton

Superb boat, very well thought out, clean and well-maintained.

16 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Imperial Eagle from Alvechurch

Well appointed craft, excellently maintained and great value for the money. Very helpful and knowledgable staff.

16 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Tawny Lark from Hilperton

We had a fantastic short break on Tawny Lark. The wider beds were so much more comfy compared to what we had slept on in the past and the boat had a good level of comfort and facilities on board. If I was to complain about anything- we found the back steps down into the boat rather steep and my dogs in particular struggled with these as compared to the steps on other boats. We also could have done with a longer/ wider gangplank on the route we took as the banks were rather rough! Overall though an excellent experiance

16 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Little Bunting from Aldermaston Wharf

Was an absolute pleasure! Can’t fault it one but highly recommend, thank you ABC!!!

16 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Little Grebe from Union Wharf

Thoroughly relaxing break.

16 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Owl - Short Eared Owl from Union Wharf

The staff were very helpful and professional. Boat was clean and all amenities required were on board

16 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Swan - Tundra Swan from Gayton

everything was really good especially staff

16 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Ashes Lark from Worcester

We had a wonderful holiday - second time from Worcester. Excellent handover and we were away within 30 mins of arriving at the base. Boat lovely and clean

16 Jul 2019

Your recent holiday on Daylark from Gayton Marina

The service we received from Gayton Marina with regard to our boat hire from them was very good in all aspects. We had a slight issue with low battery power and they sorted the problem quickly and efficiently. We were very happy with the boat and we had a great day out.

16 Jul 2019