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6 best canal cities in Europe

Looking to get away on a midweek city break? Visiting canal cities is top of many boaters’ bucket lists when it comes to exploring – especially through Europe. But what are the best canal cities to visit? Whether you’re visiting by narrowboat with ABC Boat Hire’s help or you’re flying overseas, find our list of the best canal cities in Europe to explore this year. Best canal cities 1. Venice Wo...

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Midweek breaks for couples

midweek breaks for couples on canal boat

Whether it’s taking to the waters on a romantic canal boat holiday with your loved one; relaxing in a luxury spa; or exploring London’s world-renowned West End theatres, find the perfect ideas for midweek breaks for couples from our handy guide. Short midweek romantic breaks 1. Romantic spa breaks Fancy a midweek romantic break with your partner? The perfect option to relax and unwind, take to...

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Short midweek breaks for the family

Whether it’s one of the half terms, the never-ending summer holidays or the Christmas festivities are upon us, ensuring the kids are entertained is essential. And what better way to keep their attention than with a midweek getaway for the whole family to enjoy? From canal boat adventures to camping under the stars, find our top five short midweek breaks. 5 best midweek family breaks 1. Theme par...

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How to drive a canal boat

couple learning how to drive a canal boat

Are you looking for your next canal boat holiday? Perhaps you already have one planned, and want to make sure you know how to drive a narrowboat beforehand? Our helpful guide will give you advice on steering a narrowboat as well as top safety tips to remember when you’re out on the waters. How to steer a narrowboat The prospect of steering a narrowboat is relatively simple – however, there are a...

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Top Peaky Blinders filming locations

peaky blinders filming locations

Back on our screens for the fifth season, Peaky Blinders is a national sensation and iconic series which has captured not only the hearts of the Brummies, but the entire country. This hit television show is also now recognised internationally in some countries, putting Birmingham and the Black Country right on the map. So, when visiting Birmingham, where are the best places to see Peaky Blinders...

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7 Wonders of the Waterway

Ever questioned what the 7 wonders of the Waterway are? On your next canal boat holiday, you can experience them all from our marinas with help from ABC Boat Hire. Whether you want to explore ‘The Cathedral of Canals’, discover the most impressive set of canal locks in the country or witness the longest, highest and deepest tunnel in the canal system, it’s all there waiting for you. Find out more...

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Best teenage friendly holidays

If you’re wondering where to take teenagers on holiday, read on to find out the best ideas for teenage family holidays, and where’s going to captivate their attention while still being able to spend time as a family. Ideas for holidays with teenagers Sometimes choosing the best family holiday destination for teenagers can be challenging. It could be that their interests have changed and old fami...

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Top UK canal boat locations to visit

best canals in uk

Looking for the best location for your next canal boat holiday? Whether you want to embark on the waters to visit the scenic wonderland of the Welsh countryside, enjoy a family day out at Cadbury World with the kids, or experience culture in the heart of Edinburgh, our guide on the best locations to visit while on your narrowboat holiday has you covered. From the best canals in the UK to things to...

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Boating on a budget

boating on a budget

Looking for a budget holiday away? Whether it’s taking a trip with the whole family, a romantic retreat for two or a group holiday with friends, it’s helpful to know the best tips and tricks to ensure you’re not forking out. That’s why canal boating on a budget is the perfect way to create a unique holiday for all to enjoy while keeping costs low. Find out more about how budget canal boat holiday...

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Celebrity 5 go barging

celebrity 5 go barging

And they’re back! Returning to Channel 5, we can now enjoy a weekly watch of five national treasures (as referred to by Channel 5). Celebrity 5 Go Barging shows these celebrities navigating their way around a canal boat every Friday evening at 9pm. Season 2 kicked off on our screens on Friday 19th July – and the journey continues each week with more insight into the celebrities’ experiences of na...

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