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 Nene - Bragi from Gailey Wharf

great boat. instruction and handover very quick (we have boated before) so away quickly. and when we arrived back all was equally quick. boat was well supplied and had a quiet engine. a relaxing few days. only minus: it would have been psychologically comforting to have a spare loo roll (even though we didn't need it for short break)

24 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Heron - Purple Heron from Wrenbury

The boats are well maintained and very comfortable. This is our 2nd year with ABC, they are an extremely professional company, great knowledgeable staff. I would be hard pushed to go anywhere else!

24 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Little Grebe from Union Wharf

It was a nice relaxing weekend

23 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Hooded Warbler from Whitchurch Marina

Our whole experience was excellent, from the booking process to our arrival. The boat was even better than our expectations with only one exception that being an almost blocked waste in the rear bathroom hand basin. It was very well appointed, the beds were comfortable with nice pillows and bedding. Even though the weather was mixed we had a great time.

23 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Nene - Bragi from Gailey Wharf

Loved every minute was amazing cant wait to do it again

22 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Lark - Dusky Lark from Union Wharf

This is an excellent company to hire boats from. Handover couldn’t be faulted, good training on how to use the boat itself and items inside. This was a fantastic week will 100% do it again

22 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Swan - Coscoroba Swan from Alvechurch

This is the 2nd time I’ve used abc and again they were brilliant. For the moment you arrive to the moment you step off the barge the tram at Alvechurch are superb. Would.not besitate to recommend.

22 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Dove - Rock Dove from Worcester

Great people.-efficient and friendly- always answer emails right away. Boats are perfectly equipped- all around great family holiday!

22 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Spotted Eagle from Union Wharf

Great service and communication. Fantastic boat, well looked after. Great fun weekend for the family

22 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Eagle - Greater Spotted Eagle from Wrenbury

Great experience and we were fortunate to have good weather.

22 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Dove - Turtle Dove from Aldermaston Wharf

Excellent. boat very well equipped and clean staff helpful Best boating holiday over last 22 years

22 Aug 2019

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Marsh Warbler from Wrenbury

We had a lovely week on the Marsh Warbler! She was well equipped and comfortable for 5 adults. Our only difficulty was getting a reasonable temperature in the showers. We could only mange freezing or scorching! The Llangollen canal wasn’t quite as busy as we were expecting and we didn’t have to queue any more than 30 mins at any lock. The scenery was beautiful and we saw lots of wildlife including hares, herons, kingfishers, stoats and lots of other birds.

22 Aug 2019