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Canal boat hire

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

With 15 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: 4.6 out of 5.

Your recent holiday on Swift - African Swift from Hilperton

We really enjoyed out short break on a modern boat. It had all mod cons and was easy to operate.

13 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Dove - Turtle Dove from Aldermaston Wharf

The boat was great, we arrived, unloaded the car, great handover and instruction. Set off and enjoyed a fantastic week on the Kennett & Avon Canal, joined the Thames at Reading and headed back. The wildlife and scenery was outstanding. Thank you ABC for a brilliant experience. Had a few problems with WiFi, TV no signal but otherwise all good.

13 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Heron - Night Heron from Whitchurch Marina

An enjoyable experience. Thank you. 😊👍

12 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Lark - Shore Lark from Aldermaston Wharf

Well equipped boat. Clean and well maintained. The canal however is rather overgrown which made mooring more difficult and we certainly needed the plank on several occasions.

12 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Goose - White Fronted Goose from Hilperton

Friendly and very profesional, outstanding facilities

11 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Dusky Warbler from Alvechurch

From start to finish the holiday was excellent, it’s the first time we have been with another family but the boat layout was great.

11 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Western Grebe from Wrenbury

ABC boats could not have possibly done anything better.

11 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Thrush - Swainsons Thrush from Hilperton

Excellent boat and great team. We left the marina confident we knew how to handle the boat, and after a walk through with Helen were also happy with the interior of the boat, both the facilities and the covid cleaning measures they had taken.

11 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Corn Bunting from Hilperton

Couldn’t fault them. Great trip.

11 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Lapland Bunting from Wrenbury

We had a lovely experience. We arrived to find plenty of parking nearby to the boat mooring so loading up our boat was easy. We had a great, covid safe handover, basic admin, revisit of lock process and protocols. Once we'd managed the shoreside issues, we then had a thorough and very effective handover from one of the helpful staff. He took us through the functions that we need to know and understand. Armed and dangerous with our handover info, we were let loose on the Llangollen Branch of the Shropshire Union Canal. A somewhat emotional release for first-timers straight out into an s bend with private moored boats made for a tense start. That said, our boat behaved impeccably despite my inexperience. Through the remainder of our 3-day hire, the boat was faultless, manoeuvrable and reliable. Everything from the inventory was present and in good condition. We had a great experience, the canal route was beautiful, we wish we had a bit longer so we could have used the viaduct but we had to turn around at Ellesmere. The information provided by ABC was spot on, the boat was exactly as described and made our break a really enjoyable time.

11 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Tawny Eagle from Blackwater Meadow Marina

All. went to plan and everything worked well on the boat

10 Sep 2021

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Blackcap Warbler from Anderton

Even though none of the party had never been out on a barge,we all had a fantastic time.Everyone liked the barge it suited our needs.We are definitely coming back next year.Thanks for the great memories. Tom

09 Sep 2021