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Canal boat hire

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

Canal boat hire like you've never experienced before. 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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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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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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Canal Boat FAQs

Can I hire a boat just for the day?

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Yes - we have day hire boats at several of our locations - For more information, head to our day boat hire website: www.abcdayboathire.com

Can I still book if I haven't 'driven' a boat before?

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No previous experience is necessary, as our boats are extremely easy to handle and full tuition is given at the start of every holiday. Comprehensive cruising information is in a manual on the boat and details are sent out with the holiday documents to introduce you to the theory of locks and the 'rules of the road'. We provide our own 24hr emergency helpline. 

Do you need a license to drive a boat?

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You do not need a driving licence for a narrowboat and the boat itself is licenced by us for CRT waterways. There are a few waterways outside their jurisdiction for which you will need to purchase an additional licence as you enter them, such as the Scottish Canals, Rivers Avon, Thames and Wey. Our start bases can provide details when you arrive to pick up your boat. Aldermaston boats have a Thames license. 

The maximum number of people allowed on board is restricted to the number of berths. 

Can we bring pets aboard?

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This really is a holiday the whole family can enjoy together. We do not charge for any of your pets - however there is normally a maximum of 2 allowed. We obviously request that the boat is returned in a clean and tidy condition and reserve the right to refuse pets or charge for any additional cleaning or repairs required as a result of pets being on board during your holiday.  



Don't take our word for it...

Feefo average score: 4.6 out of 5.

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Leaf Warbler from Alvechurch

The Stourport Ring can be daunting with 30 locks the first afternoon but well worth the effort. Worcester, the Severn, Stours port and bridge all delightful. Smethwick a bit intimidating but the only hiccup on the whole trip. Even central Birmingham was pleasant.

17 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Lark - Desert Lark from Falkirk

Very enjyable way to see a bit of Scotland

17 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Lark - Desert Lark from Falkirk

We will definitely recommend your boats. Very clean and everything we needed on board.

17 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Wood Warbler from Gailey Wharf

Fabulous trip, we had to modify our route due to the water shortage but the ‘new’ route was lovely.

17 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Spirit - Lochan Ora from Falkirk

Excellent service all round. Even when the boat had a toilet blockage-problem the engineer was jovial and professional. Will definitely recommend ABC boat hire.

17 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Owl - Little Owl from Anderton

Great service great holiday sue and staff very helpful and friendly. Boat needs a bit of tlc and only down side toilet at drivers end could be smelt all night when in that end bed

17 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Leaf Warbler from Alvechurch

The boatyard staff were quick, efficient and very knowledgeable. They helped us every step of the way and understood that we were hardly novices at the Narrowboat game. Simple succinct instructions concerning departure and later arrival were exactly what we needed. The on-board information pack was also very helpful and left nothing to chance.

17 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Duck - Freckled Duck from Gailey Wharf

Perfect sized boat for us. Four adults and two dogs. Excellent kitchen and bathrooms

17 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Duck - Freckled Duck from Gailey Wharf

Really friendly and helpful staff, from office, cleaners and boat instructors. Our boat was well equipped and spotlessly clean. We would definitely use abc boat hire again, we had a great holiday

17 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Wood Warbler from Gailey Wharf

Excellent company to travel with. Good website, easy to book and lovely people at the boat yard. Super boat, we had a brilliant time.

17 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Spirit - Lochan Ora from Falkirk

Excellent service, clean, comfortable and well-equipped boats. Clear instructions and help at hand whenever we had questions of problems.

17 Aug 2022

Your recent holiday on Owl - Little Owl from Anderton

Had a great holiday on little owl ,needs a bit of tlc .

17 Aug 2022