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Canal boat hire

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

With 15 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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See for yourself how relaxing a canal boating holiday can be!


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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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 on your canal holiday.


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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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: 4.5 out of 5.

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

Fantastic short break away, definitely will be booking with ABC Boat Hire again but for a longer break.

07 Apr 2021

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Dusky Warbler from Alvechurch

we had a wonderful week, despite the rainy weather

16 Nov 2020

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Little Bunting from Aldermaston Wharf

Great week as always thank you

10 Nov 2020

Your recent holiday on Spirit - Lochan Ora from Falkirk

The boat was clean and comfortable. We've sailed on many other boats but loved the layout of Lochan Ora. All facilities were in good working order and décor/bedding etc looked new.

09 Nov 2020

Your recent holiday on Wren - Marbled Wren from Reedley Marina

A nice hire base with informative and helpful staff. The boat we hired was familiar to me as I have hired the same class before and as expected it was clean, comfortable and well equiped. On the canal itself the boat performed and handled very well. We journeyed from Reedley Marina to Skipton and back. Although the brochure suggests that on a 4 night break it is possible to get to Bingley don't bother trying as it really is that bit too far for a comfortable cruise.

08 Nov 2020

Your recent holiday on Wren - Song Wren from Whitchurch Marina

Excellent holiday. Staff were all very helpful and we had everything we could need.

08 Nov 2020

Your recent holiday on Grebe - Hooded Grebe from Rugby Wharf

Handover and handback went perfectly, and just had a relaxed trip to braunston and back!

06 Nov 2020

Your recent holiday on Goose - Bar Headed Goose from Wrenbury

The boat was lovely and the staff were completely helpful, friendly and attentive to ensuring that we had a relaxing and smooth break. Geoff was really helpful in getting setup on the boat and Linda in the office was very efficient, friendly and ensured we had all we needed before setting sail.

06 Nov 2020

Your recent holiday on Warbler - Yellow Warbler from Hilperton

All good. One of the nicest boat's we've hired with NO toilet smells. Hallelujah

06 Nov 2020

Your recent holiday on Sandpiper - Wood Sandpiper from Alvechurch

Excellent boat, excellent customer service.

06 Nov 2020

Your recent holiday on Bunting - Black Headed Bunting from Whitchurch Marina

Generally, everyting about the location, marina, staff and boat was great. Our week away was lovely and the boat was definitely adequate for our requirements. However, our only grumble was our sleeping arrangements. Our double bed was formed by the bench seat and collapsing dining table. This was not very comfortable. If you have any sort of back problems, as I have, I would advise not to hire this option.

06 Nov 2020

Your recent holiday on Woodpecker - Green Woodpecker from Aldermaston Wharf

Helpful staff, good pre-travel information, boat well equipped. Didn't charge for minor damage.

06 Nov 2020