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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: 4.5 out of 5.

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

We had a super holiday. We were first time narrow boaters but Paul’s welcome and briefing were excellent so we felt confident we knew what we were doing. The boat was lovely - really clean and well-equipped. We were pleased we had a smaller boat for our first time out on the canal. The route from Whitchurch to Llangollen was excellent - lots of variety in terms of locks, tunnels, bridges and the amazing aquaduct.

03 Aug 2021

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Greenish Warbler from Blackwater Meadow Marina

A fantastic family experience in every way

30 Jul 2021

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Spotted Eagle from Whitchurch Marina

Great holiday - need to develop confidence in handling the narrow boat to enjoy. Can always have a day ghee to hone skills

30 Jul 2021

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Red Necked Grebe from Hilperton

2nd year on the Red Necked Grebe, easy change over and relaxing.

30 Jul 2021

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

Perfect holiday on a boat that was ready shortly after we arrived, with all the equipment we needed.

30 Jul 2021

Your recent holiday on Swift - Alpine Swift from Blackwater Meadow Marina

Really enjoyed our first narrowboat experience! Lovely boat well equipped with comfortable beds and generous bathroom. The countryside was beautiful and it was such a relaxing experience given the slow pace of travel and the opportunity to be outside working the boat and walking the canal side. Lots of lovely pubs and places to visit along the way.

30 Jul 2021

Your recent holiday on Heron - Purple Heron from Wrenbury

We had a super holiday. Boat comfortable (as far as poss!), well equipped, helpful staff.

29 Jul 2021

Your recent holiday on Plover - Wilson's Plover from Whitchurch Marina

Lovely boat. Relaxed cruising. Some fantastic weather and scenery. A week of totally chilling out.

29 Jul 2021

Your recent holiday on Gull - Common Gull from Gailey Wharf

The boat was clean and well laid out. The only complaint if there was one regarding the boat and that was to have a bench across the back near the tiller. Other boats I have hired have had this and is why I chose the cruiser stern layout

29 Jul 2021

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Booted Eagle from Anderton

Loved every minute. As it was our first time on a canal boat there were some nerves around how we would handle it but these were soon dispersed after the induction from one of your team members. Everyone at ABC were very helpful and we are looking forward to doing it all again next year

28 Jul 2021

Your recent holiday on Lark - Dunns Lark from Worcester

Boat was immaculately clean inside and very well fitted out. The handover was efficient and friendly and we had an excellent holiday, helped by the marvelous weather.

28 Jul 2021

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

Very enjoyable, slightly different way of operating the locks

28 Jul 2021