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 Wren - Bay Wren from Falkirk

Brilliant and caring staff and volunteers made us feel right at home and nothing was too much trouble to ask. Highly recommended

17 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Wren - Cactus Wren from Falkirk

Fabulous boat. Very clean .

16 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Spirit - Atholl Brose from Falkirk

Well laid out boat and really helpful staff

16 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Dove - Collared Dove from Gailey Wharf

Very well stocked boat, well kept and a good service

16 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Kestrel - Common Kestrel from Gailey Wharf

The boat Kestrel and everything went smoothly, could not ask for more.

15 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Wren - Flutist Wren from Rugby Wharf

Excellent boat , well equipped and clean

15 Oct 2019

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

Hi. Thanks for a great holiday. 👍🏻 From the start. The people in the booking office in Worcester, to the people at Goytre wharf. Everyone was just 5 stars ⭐️ see you in May 👍🏻

15 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Clarks Grebe from Blackwater Meadow Marina

No surprises and everything worked as advertised. Training was very good.

15 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Corn Bunting from Hilperton

all good just the bed hard but its a narrow boat

15 Oct 2019

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

Staff all very pleasant and helpful and boat beautifully prepared. Lovely scenic canal and not too busy

15 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Tyne - Sigrid from Worcester

Good briefing to begin, boat was clean and ready to go. All necessary points seemed to be covered.

14 Oct 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Horned Lark from Alvechurch

The boat was excellent, The instruction was informative & the hand over quick & smooth. A faultless experience which made the holiday, one of the best we had all been on. Thank You to everyone.

14 Oct 2019