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 Swan - Coscoroba Swan from Alvechurch

This is the 2nd time I’ve used abc and again they were brilliant. For the moment you arrive to the moment you step off the barge the tram at Alvechurch are superb. Would.not besitate to recommend.

22 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Dove - Rock Dove from Worcester

Great people.-efficient and friendly- always answer emails right away. Boats are perfectly equipped- all around great family holiday!

22 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Lesser Spotted Eagle from Hilperton

The boatyard staff were friendly and efficient. The boat was well equipped, clean and tidy and for a narrow boat had lots of storage and living space that suited perfectly. The canal scenery was beautiful and the pubs along the route served great food.

21 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Heron - Great Blue Heron from Anderton

The boat is well laid out. All the supplies you would need are available on the boat. It is wonderful to just pull up along the tow path and wake up to the countryside with swans and ducks swimming by.

21 Aug 2019

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

We had a great time and the team at Goytre Wharf were both friendly and helpful

21 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Wren - Sedge Wren from Hilperton

perfect! excellent! great! thanks a lot

21 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Medway - Elnar from Rugby Wharf

Excellent personnel, service, and boat!

21 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Goose - Blue Goose from Hilperton

Staff helpful, boat well kitted out , clean and comfortable. Could have done with an extra frying pan. Red light ion toilet next to kitcehen came on on day 3

21 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Red Necked Grebe from Hilperton

We really enjoyed our holiday, this was our 3rd trip and planning our next one already.

20 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Wagtail - Yellow Wagtail from Rugby Wharf

A fantastic first time experience on a narrow boat. Staff were very helpful. Boat lovely and clean.

20 Aug 2019

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

Fantastic trip. Lovely scenery. Good canal for beginners

20 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Swan - Mute Swan from Hilperton

Excellent service and staff, boat was allowed to be decorated for my birthday and the attention to health and safety was good. Would recommend this marina and company very well organised.

20 Aug 2019