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 - Carolina Wren from March Wharf

Excellent holiday all round, although we did struggle with shortage of mooring on the River Nene. The boat was well-equipped and presented to an extremely high standard, probably the cleanest boat we've ever hired (this was our 10th narrowboat holiday). This is a family run boatyard and it shows - everyone was conspicuously friendly and helpful.

26 May 2019

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

First time on a picturesque, quiet canal with enough locks, a tunnel and an electric and manual lifting gates..a bit of everything! The boat was well equipped and although we were not sure about the layout as opposed to our usual canal club boatsthat may have been us being creatures of habit

24 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Bar Tailed Lark from Anderton

Great weekend all the Staff at Anderton Marine were very helpful and friendly. Will be back next year.

24 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Heron - Purple Heron from Wrenbury

Brilliant customer service before and during the holiday. Lovely boat with everything we needed

24 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Wren - Canyon Wren from Worcester

Very good service with a friendly/helpful team.

24 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Spirit - Atholl Brose from Falkirk

The boat was superbly equipped and very comfortable for the 4 of us (adults). The staff were very helpful and the boat easy to manoeuvre.

24 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Wye - Baldrik from Whitchurch Marina

Very Professional, very organised, Staff who knew how to address people.

23 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Wren - Pacific Wren from Anderton

The boat was well appointed with great storage. The bed was very comfortable. It was spotlessly clean when we got on board. The staff at ABC, on the booking side, the marina receptionist and those who handed over the boat to us, were all brilliant- friendly, helpful aand thoughtful. The marina at Anderton is a great place to start a holiday.

23 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Thrush - Siberian Thrush from Whitchurch Marina

very comfortable beds!! All equipment needed to spend a week away. Excellent personnel at every point of contact.

23 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Dove - Stock Dove from Gailey Wharf

The weather was very good, which was obviously a help making for a great time. Everything on the boat worked perfectly and we found all the staff and other boaters very helpful to us "firsters"

23 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Aquatic Warbler from Worcester

I have been coming to you for years .This was a new boat so we were told and the single beds were wider. You had a toaster and microwave and it was good to see more 13 amp plugs for 240 volt.Also I had complained on one of our holidays the lack of draw space under the beds. This one had two big draws-well done. Now put them under the other beds!!

22 May 2019

Your recent holiday on Gull - Slender Billed Gull from Wrenbury

Boat was fantastic and had everything on board. People at Wrenbury marina were really helpful. It is such a great pace for a quiet holiday.

22 May 2019