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 Grebe - Black Necked Grebe from Alvechurch

My family of 19 rented 4 boats for a week trip to Stratford and back. The ABC people at Alvechurch could not have been more friendly and helpful. We are all total novices in terms of canal boating and it didn't seem to matter one bit. The whole family said it was the best holiday we've ever had together. Great!

14 Feb 2019

Your recent holiday on Goose - White Fronted Goose from Hilperton

Great boat, great base, great staff on hand and friendly. Great canal what’s not to love about the K&A if you can see beyond some of the other users of unnamed holiday hires and private boats inconsiderate attitudes towards other users. 2nd time using ABC having been regular customer of another company. When we can afford we will be back for sure. Thank you all at Hilperton.

22 Nov 2018

Your recent holiday on Heron - Capped Heron from Gayton

This was the first narrow boat holiday and its was Fantastic! The boat had everything we needed, the staff were friendly and helpful, and the whole experience was lovely.

14 Nov 2018

Your recent holiday on Thrush - Fieldfare Thrush from Alvechurch

Totally wonderful experience, Everything was explained well,

10 Nov 2018

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Little Grebe from Union Wharf

Nice boat easy to handle well equipped but rubbish tv signal

09 Nov 2018

Your recent holiday on Gull - Iceland Gull from Alvechurch

Lovely staff, organised and clean.

09 Nov 2018

Your recent holiday on Wren - Cactus Wren from Falkirk

great experience weather good but cold, staff at the wheel were outstanding as me and Linda got engaged as the wheel was half way up, card and drink was very thoughtful and appreciated by us both.

09 Nov 2018

Your recent holiday on Plover - Piping Plover from Reedley Marina

It was actually a one way trip from Anderton to Reedley. Nice to see parts of the system that we wouldn't usually get to see. Lee @ Reedley was very helpfull and also arranged to move our car to Reedley

09 Nov 2018

Your recent holiday on Woodpecker - Syrian Woodpecker from Aldermaston Wharf

Boat in good working order and well equipped. Nice and clean. If I'm being picky, it could have done with a sharp kitchen knife and a full set of pan lids that fitted.

09 Nov 2018

Your recent holiday on Lark - Wood Lark from Rugby Wharf

The boat was clean, everything you need included and we even got a phone call to say we could start our holiday a few hours earlier than planned. Superb customer service from booking to the chat about the boat and then at the end of our week. We had a lovely relaxing week up the Ashby canal from Rugby wharf. Thank you everyone for the memories.........

08 Nov 2018

Your recent holiday on Tyne - Grith from Whitchurch Marina

Good staff, boat, handover and location

08 Nov 2018

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Yellow Warbler from Hilperton

It was better than we thought

08 Nov 2018