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 Woodpecker - Green Woodpecker from Aldermaston Wharf

We had a fantastic time. Facilities were great other then the internet we couldn't access and TV wouldn't tune in. Water was lovely and hot. Would definitely recommend.

21 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Thrush - Rock Thrush from Gayton

It was excellent, we had a brilliant time.

20 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Thrush - Veery Thrush from Aldermaston Wharf

We had everything we needed for a successful holiday

20 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Imperial Eagle from Alvechurch

Great boat and a great part of the country. Did not mind the -2 degrees we had one morning.

20 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Wye - Tyr from Blackwater Meadow Marina

We loved our boat Tyr, the sleeping arrangement were perfect for our group. The handover was great, the base easy to fine and well set out. We loved the Canal, the scenery was beautiful and going over the pontysyllite aquaduct was an amazing experience.

20 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Gull - Pacific Gull from Gailey Wharf

Everything was great very enjoyable holiday **

20 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Goose - White Fronted Goose from Hilperton

Excellent company always willing to help. Very quick to respond if there is a problem. Boats are clean and tidy with everything you need.

20 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Pied Billed Grebe from Gayton

Had a lovely week on the Pied Billed Grebe from Gayton. 2nd time of using this company and wouldn’t hesitate in recommending them. Well equipped and lovely clean boat. Staff at the Marina were very helpful on arrival and on our return.

19 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Owl - Marsh Owl from Hilperton

We had a wonderful holiday. The barge was well equipped . The staff were very helpful

19 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Wren - Winter Wren from Wrenbury

I've been on many boats and this was probably among the best I've been on. Service was great, all very friendly.

18 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Goose - Upland Goose from Gailey Wharf

The holiday was really great as was the helpfulness of all ABC staff.The boat was clean and well prepared for us really deserve the 5* given

18 Apr 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Bar Tailed Lark from Anderton

Great canal holiday trip from Anderton Marina.

18 Apr 2019