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Canal boat hire

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

Canal boat hire like you've never experienced before. With 16 starting locations across the waterway network and canal boat sizes to accommodate 2 to 12 people. You, 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 just how relaxing and enjoyable a canal boat holiday can be - watch our boating videos if you don't believe us!

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Our Canal Boat 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, 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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Canal Boat FAQs

Can I hire a boat just for the day?

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Yes - we have day hire boats at several of our locations - For more information, head to our day boat hire website: www.abcdayboathire.com

How much does it cost to rent a canal boat?

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The price of renting a canal boat varies depending on the location and length of your holiday, as well as the canal boat you choose. We provide a range of special offers, including a 2-week discount, 2nd holiday discount, multi-boat discount, loyalty discount and early bird discount. We also allow you to spread the cost of your holiday with our easy payment plan. Contact a member of our friendly team to find out more about the costs of our canal boat holidays.

Where is the best place for a canal boat holiday?

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It all depends on the type of canal boat holiday you’re looking for! We have locations across England, Scotland and Wales such as Anderton Marina, Falkirk Canal and Goytre Wharf. Not sure where to spend your next canal boat holiday? Check our locations, routes and boats for inspiration. Alternatively, contact a member of our knowledgeable team who will offer invaluable canal boat holiday advice.

Can I still book if I haven't 'driven' a boat before?

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No previous experience is necessary, as our boats are extremely easy to handle and full tuition is given at the start of every holiday. Comprehensive cruising information is in a manual on the boat and details are sent out with the holiday documents to introduce you to the theory of locks and the 'rules of the road'. We provide our own 24hr emergency helpline. 

Do you need a license to drive a boat?

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You do not need a driving licence for a canal boat or narrowboat and the boat itself is licenced by us for CRT waterways. There are a few waterways outside their jurisdiction for which you will need to purchase an additional licence as you enter them, such as the Scottish Canals, Rivers Avon, Thames and Wey. Our start bases can provide details when you arrive to pick up your boat. Aldermaston boats have a Thames license.

The maximum number of people allowed on board is restricted to the number of berths.

Can we bring pets aboard?

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This really is a holiday the whole family can enjoy together. We do not charge for any of your pets - however there is normally a maximum of 2 allowed. We obviously request that the boat is returned in a clean and tidy condition and reserve the right to refuse pets or charge for any additional cleaning or repairs required as a result of pets being on board during your holiday.  


ABC BOAT HIRE REVIEWS

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Day Boat Hire from Goytre Wharf - Robin

Very good service. Had a great day out and good instruction on how to use the boat.

21 Jul 2024

Your recent holiday on Plover - Wilson's Plover from Whitchurch Marina

We have used ABC many, many, times, they are our preferred canal holiday company. However, this was the first time we had used the Whitchurch Base and we were very surprised by how helpful and friendly ALL the staff were. We felt that they all went out of their way to be as friendly and helpful as possible. Whilst on previous occasions staff had been 'friendly and helpful' we felt that they were 'just doing their job', whereas at Whitchurch we felt that the staff really enjoyed their job and took pride in being as friendly and as helpful as possible.

18 Jul 2024

Your recent holiday on Plover - Wilson's Plover from Whitchurch Marina

Wonderful canal and good base to start from, made all the more special by the exceptionally helpful staff at the base, who were so helpful and friendly and couldn't do enough for us.

18 Jul 2024

Your recent holiday on Swift - American Black Swift from Blackwater Meadow Marina

We were taken care of at Black Water Marina. David, Sarah, Pauline and Chloe were lovely to us and made our trip smooth for the 2 weeks that we had the American Black Swift. The narrow boat was perfect, and we had everything we needed for the 2 week rental. We had an amazing holiday!

17 Jul 2024

Your recent holiday on Swift - American Black Swift from Blackwater Meadow Marina

Service is GREAT! Our whole trip was amazing!

17 Jul 2024

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

Friendly, helpful service; welcoming on arrival and the boat was clean and well prepared.

16 Jul 2024

Your recent holiday on Tern - Fairy Tern from Anderton

Great boat, great service, training on use and locks before heading out.

16 Jul 2024

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

A lovely canal to explore on a well equipped boat.

16 Jul 2024

Your recent holiday on Tern - Fairy Tern from Anderton

ABC provided a great narrowboat.

16 Jul 2024

Your recent holiday on Lark - Dune Lark from Wrenbury

Because it was nearly perfect.

16 Jul 2024

Your recent holiday on Lark - Dune Lark from Wrenbury

Everyone at Wrenbury Mill boat yard was very friendly and helpful. The boat, Dune Lark is beautiful: well designed, practical and easy to live in. More advice on pumping out toilets would have been welcome; first I was told it would not be necessary in 7 days but the engineer thought it would. The engineer was right in spite of us all being parsimonious with the flush. We had 2 toilets for 5 people, and the one being used by 3 ran out 2 days before we returned the boat. The other red light came on as we returned the boat. A list of nearby places where it could be done would have eased anxiety, we just didn't know where to go and a telephone call to base didn't help because the names on the map weren't the names the telephone answerer knew. Yes, it was a wonderful holiday. Children aged 12 and 10 and adults all enjoyed themselves greatly. I recommend it all; relaxing natural surroundings, ducks etc. to feed, great pubs to eat at.

16 Jul 2024

Your recent holiday on Wren - Nightingale Wren from Gayton

We had a very enjoyable trip on board the boat. Everything was straight forward to use and we really enjoyed exploring the area. It was such a pleasure to find a nice spot to moor up on.

15 Jul 2024