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 - Redwing from Wrenbury

This was an amazing vacation, from start to finish. From dealing with the company in advance, through the return of the boat.

17 Jun 2019

Your recent holiday on Thrush - Veery Thrush from Aldermaston Wharf

Very relaxed yet efficient approach to customers Did not make a fuss about slight damage that occurred to the boat during our trip .Very quick to re-fuel the boat and sort out refund when we returned despite there being a lot of boats back that morning. Regards, Bill Linnell

17 Jun 2019

Your recent holiday on Wren - Sedge Wren from Hilperton

Great boat easy to use friendly people

17 Jun 2019

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Rustic Bunting from Aldermaston Wharf

The parking facilities at the boat yard were convenient and secure. All the staff were efficient and friendly. The boat was clean and well equipped if slightly dated. The only thing missing was the torch. This was our 8th canal boat holiday , the 2nd one with ABC BOAT HIRE. We can highly recommend ABC , a great company. Thanks from the Van Aken family. πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§πŸ‡ΎπŸ‡ͺ

16 Jun 2019

Your recent holiday on Dove - Turtle Dove from Aldermaston Wharf

Great time had with old friends

15 Jun 2019

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Rock Bunting from Alvechurch

Excellent quality. Definitely worth the money and staff reassured us before leaving the marina as it was our first time abord a narrowboat

14 Jun 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Dunns Lark from Worcester

The boat was gorgeous, your staff were very helpful, and the route was easily achievable. It was a wonderfully relaxed holiday.

14 Jun 2019

Your recent holiday on Gull - Little Gull from Alvechurch

Check in process was very friendly and professional. The boat was well equipped and performed well. There were no surprises or disappointments on this holiday, apart perhaps from the weather!

14 Jun 2019

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

Would have been 5 stars apart from one small issue with the toilets.

14 Jun 2019

Your recent holiday on Thrush - Veery Thrush from Aldermaston Wharf

Friendly staff, everything you need on the boat! Enjoyable trip despite the rain!

14 Jun 2019

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Red Necked Grebe from Hilperton

Wonderful very relaxed week. Great boat

14 Jun 2019

Your recent holiday on Kestrel - Lesser Kestrel from Gailey Wharf

Everything is as it should be, the staff are welcoming friendly and have answers to all the questions you may have. The staff will also advise on minor changes to your trip to enhance the experience. The boats are fully stocked with everything you could possibly need for a relaxing break.

13 Jun 2019