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Canal boat hire

Cast off and leave your cares behind with a boating holiday from ABC Boat Hire.

With 16 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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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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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.

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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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Don't take our word for it...

Feefo average score: 4.6 out of 5.

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Lapland Bunting from Wrenbury

An excellent holiday from the booking process right through to the return of the boat. Even amid the chaos of COVID-19 we were kept fully informed of how our holiday may be affected.

11 Aug 2020

Your recent holiday on Nene - Bragi from Gailey Wharf

Whole experience was brilliant from start to finish. Would definitely book again

11 Aug 2020

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Lapland Bunting from Wrenbury

Excellent, exactly as said

11 Aug 2020

Your recent holiday on Thrush - American Thrush from Gayton

Fantastic boat, fantastic holdiay, staff so helpful. Definitely recommend this boat hire. We are definitely going to book again.

11 Aug 2020

Your recent holiday on Duck - Mandarin Duck from Worcester

Thoroughly enjoyed our time with ABC on the Severn and Droitwich. We will be booking again as soon as possible.

11 Aug 2020

Your recent holiday on Lark - Bar Tailed Lark from Anderton

This boat was absolutely amazing! Loads of room, everything you need and a delight to live on for 11 nights. The boatyard setup was extremely professional and they made sure you were totally ready to set sail with all the information and tuition you needed. Would highly recommend.

11 Aug 2020

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Slavonian Grebe from Gayton

Great experience. First time cruisers will definitely do again.

11 Aug 2020

Your recent holiday on Derwent - Torbern from Whitchurch Marina

Staff were excellent,all of them.Boat was great, clean and well kitted out. Nothing negative to say except for HMRC not dropping VAT. I wrote to my MP...no reply x

11 Aug 2020

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Garden Warbler from Gayton

Great relaxing holiday. Good customer service and comfortable boat.

11 Aug 2020

Your recent holiday on Gull - Pacific Gull from Gailey Wharf

Very enjoyable cruise around the Black Country. Barge was excellent in every way - really impressed with the interiors. Had no issues whatsoever.

11 Aug 2020

Your recent holiday on Plover - Piping Plover from Reedley Marina

Boat was immaculately clean, while the handover from Roy was great. It was our first time on a boat and he took us through everything and even met us at the first flight of locks to run through how they work.

11 Aug 2020

Your recent holiday on Heron - White Faced Heron from Hilperton

Relaxing holiday. Enjoyed a change of scene. Our planned holiday was cancelled so this was our second choice. Staff very helpful, boat was beautifully clean with all mod cons and nice extra touches like waterproofs, playing cards and bird spotting book. Really enjoyed identifying birds on canal and even saw a kingfisher one morning.

11 Aug 2020