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Canal boat hire

Cast off and leave your cares behind with a boating holiday from ABC Boat Hire.

With 16 starting locations across the waterway network and canal 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 and enjoyable a canal boat holiday can be - watch our videos if you don't believe us!


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See for yourself how relaxing a canal boating holiday can be!


Our Canal Holiday Locations

Explore our beautiful canal boat hire locations across the country – from the stunning Welsh countryside to the bustling lifestyle of Scotland’s lively cities.

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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 on your canal holiday.


Choose your canal boat

Whatever your group number, we've a range of beautiful hand-built canal boats to hire for your narrowboat holiday.

Two to Five berth

Accommodating up to 5 people, these boats are perfect for couples or small families searching for their next boating holiday

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Six to eight berth

These boats accommodate between 6 and 8 people, making for a perfect boating holiday for 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 boating 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: 4.5 out of 5.

Your recent holiday on Nene - Oscar from Gailey Wharf

Our little "Oscar" was very clean and exactly as we expected. All the staff at Gailey Marina were very proficient, friendly and welcoming. They greeted us like old friends as we have holidayed from there twice before

25 Sep 2020

Your recent holiday on Dove - Collared Dove from Gailey Wharf

Lovely holiday, great staff. Unfortunately had a mechanical issue with the narrowboat during our holiday, phoned the marina and within 1/2 hour engineer arrived and fixed the problem so minimal disruption to our holiday.

25 Sep 2020

Your recent holiday on Plover - Piping Plover from Reedley Marina

Great holiday - first time we ever hired a canal boat and was delighted with the experience

25 Sep 2020

Your recent holiday on Sandpiper - Purple Sandpiper from Gayton

Very good service from staff, excellent training given before taking over the boat and very clean well stocked boat.

25 Sep 2020

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Lesser Spotted Eagle from Hilperton

The boat was ready on time and as arranged, the handover was good and everting on the boat worked as I would expect.

25 Sep 2020

Your recent holiday on Plover - Golden Plover from Alvechurch

The booking staff were very friendly and helpful whn purchasing the holiday and the the marina staff were likewise friendly and helpful when collecting the boat. The boat was very well designed and constructed.

25 Sep 2020

Your recent holiday on Heron - Purple Heron from Wrenbury

Really good great service

24 Sep 2020

Your recent holiday on Swift - Common Swift from Alvechurch

Lovely holiday very well organised 😊 friendly and experienced staff

23 Sep 2020

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Garden Warbler from Gayton

Everyone at ABC always goes the extra mile, and this time was no different. We had a couple of glitches (not the fault of ABC - boat returned late) but this was communicated clearly and helpfully. A couple of small issues with the boat, but we were able to sort ourselves - however on reporting them to the team we were given a refund for the pump out we'd needed to do without quibble. You're brilliant!

23 Sep 2020

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

Very relaxing with beautiful scenery - really enjoyable weekend on the canal! Excellent service from the marina, especially the handover and instruction from Richard and Stuart. We will be back!

23 Sep 2020

Your recent holiday on Heron - White Faced Heron from Hilperton

The team were great and made the whole process really smooth in terms of getting settled on our boat. Phil was particularly good with his technical handover, as well as being great fun. We had a great holiday.

23 Sep 2020

Your recent holiday on Duck - Black Duck from March Wharf

Nice, well equipped boat. Easy collection and return arrangements.

22 Sep 2020