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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 Warbler - River Warbler from Anderton

Boat was clean and all ready to collect at alloted time. Did the cheshire ring from Anderton .Staff were very helpfull .

23 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Lark - Sky Lark from Falkirk

Very enjoyable trip and no major issues. Heating in boat a bit feeble - OK on our trip but if colder weather might have been more of an issue. I reckon spare loo rolls of recommended paper should be provided, especially as the consequences of using multi-ply can be dire. We had enough - but there were only two of us on a boat that could have taken 6. Seems a bit mean.

22 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Rock Bunting from Alvechurch

Great break....great boat....great service

22 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Sandpiper - Green Sandpiper from Falkirk

Lovely family weekend trip

22 Oct 2021

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

Had a fabulous weekend, boat was immaculate and well maintained. Marina staff were extremely helpful, pleasant and professional. catering for our needs by ensuring boat was moored by quayside to enable easy access. We have chartered from ABC on a number of occasions and have always been pleased with the quality service they provide.

22 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Swallow - Red Collared Swallow from Goytre Wharf

The boat was very clean and contained all necessary items for the trip. When a problem developed, the staff was very responsive and had us on our way again within an hour.

22 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Heron - Humblots Heron from Wrenbury

Lovely holiday weather great

22 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Gull - Pacific Gull from Gailey Wharf

Lovely relaxing week on a well equipped narrowboat

22 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Thrush - Swainsons Thrush from Hilperton

Fantastic 4 nights on board the Alvechurch thrush,thank you.

21 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Goose - Bar Headed Goose from Wrenbury

The handover was well organised given the current situation regarding COVID 19, the boat was ready and we were able to leave the boatyard in good time. We had a problem with a water leak from the stern gland and this issue was soon rectified.

20 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Medway - Rodulf from Gailey Wharf

The boat layout really worked for us. The handover was spot on for experienced boaters as we are. Katie at the Marina professional and knowledgeble. She even called us beforhand to find out our route so boat could be facing the right way. No other Marina has ever done that.

20 Oct 2021

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Pine Warbler from Kings Orchard Marina

Our third time hiring a boat from ABC Boat Hire, and we were once again thrilled with the experience. It was our first time at this marina, and we were impressed by the staff and facilities. Reception was efficient and very friendly. Initial boat orientation was done thoroughly and with a great sense of humor. The boat was beautiful and had everything we needed for our two week trip.

20 Oct 2021