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!

CHECK OUT OUR SPECIAL OFFERS - Grab yourself a discount with our special offers! Click here

Let's Chat

Unsure of what you're looking for? We're here to help! Just call and talk to one of our Friendly team

0330 333 0590


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


Our Locations

Explore our beautiful locations across the country.

View all locations

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.

View Two to Five berth boats

Six to eight berth

These boats accommodate between 6 and 8 people and are popular with larger families and groups.

View Six to eight berth boats

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.

View Up to twelve berth boats

140 Routes

View all Routes

Special Offers

View offers

Maps & Guides

View guides

Don't take our word for it...

Feefo average score: 4.6 out of 5.

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Garden Warbler from Gayton

Brilliant boat, well equipped and lovely to drive! Had a fantastic week despite the weather!

22 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Finch - Red Billed Finch from Goytre Wharf

If I had thought that you deserved a lower rating , I would have tried another company

21 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Gull - Ivory Gull from Hilperton

Thought it was brilliant.

21 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Goose - Egyptian Goose from Hilperton

Very spacious boat, clean interior and spotless kitchen utensils. Lovely part of the Kennet & Avon, saw kingfishers most days. All the staff we met were very friendly and helpful.

21 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Gull - Slender Billed Gull from Wrenbury

A professional reliable outstanding company are you recommend ABC I will use them many times in the future

21 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Heron - Humblots Heron from Wrenbury

Had a fantastic canal boat holiday, boat was clean and staff very helpful

21 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Gull - Audouins Gull from Gayton

Lovely quiet break with family. My only comment would be on a 5 day break collecting the boat at 2.30 and returning at 9.30 means it really is only 3.5 days. I would suggest that the handover takes into consideration the video and paperwork so that if people arrived at 13.00 hrs this would allow the holiday to start at 14.00 which even in Oct would give some extra time to get somewhere before it starts getting dark. Otherwise all great.

21 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Finch - Red Tailed Finch from Goytre Wharf

Very peaceful and tranquil break , staff were very friendly and helpful, boat was immaculately clean and cosy

21 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Eagle - White Tailed Eagle from Worcester

Over het algemeen was de boot goed op de volgende 2 punten na. Deze boot heeft veel minder opbergruimte dan we gewend zijn van andere boten in dezelfde klasse, en van deze boot werd de verwarming minder goed warm. Voor de rest was alles naar wens.

21 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Wren - Flutist Wren from Rugby Wharf

Boat was very clean and everything needed was there.

21 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Black Headed Bunting from Whitchurch Marina

This was our 1st holiday on a narrowboat. From handover on our 1st day to returning on our final day we could not fault the service we received or the boat. The marina staff from start to finish couldn't have been more helpful. The boat met all our expectations and we will certainly return and recommend ABC boat hire.

21 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Dove - Rock Dove from Worcester

Nice boat and very comfortable When due to bad weather and river conditions we needed not to move the boat ABC gave us another boat What great customer service

21 Oct 2019