Cheshire Boating Holidays

Take a Holiday or Short Break on the Shropshire Union Canal from Nantwich Canal Centre on our self drive fleet of canal boats accommodating from 2 to 8 people, ideal for couples, families and groups of friends.

Phone: 01270 625122
Phone to book: 0330 333 0590 (Free UK calls)
Address: Marina, Basin End,, Chester Rd,, Nantwich, CW5 8LB
Berths: 2-6

Maps / Guides

Pearson: P4, P5
Nicholson: N4, N5
Lockmaster: L8, L5

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Situated on the banks of the River Weaver, Nantwich is famous for the medieval timbered buildings dotted around the town. Stroll through the atmospheric streets and visit for bijoux boutiques, antiques dealers and contemporary craft shops.

Nantwich Canal Boat Hire

There are 3 boats at Nantwich Canal Centre across 3 different classes, all hand crafted by our expert boat builders at our base at Alvechurch Marina.

We have 49ft boats available for 2 to 4 people, right up to 69ft boats, capable of accommodating up to 8 people - meaning there really is something for everyone.

Directions to Nantwich Canal Centre



• Leave M6 Motorway at Junction 16
• Follows signed to Crewe/Nantwich
• At the first roundabout carry straight on towards Nantwich/Crewe
• The next 3 roundabouts go straight over heading towards Nantwich
• At the next roundabout take the first exit onto Pratchetts Row/A534
• At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit onto Water-Lode/B5341 for 1 mile
• Turn right onto Chester Road/B5341
• Then the Marina is 0.2 miles on your right, enter the first carpark


Manchester Airport is 50 minutes away (37.9 miles) Birmingham Airport is 1 hours 20 mins away (70 miles)


The nearest rail station is Nantwich where we are just a short taxi ride away.

Nantwich rail station can be reached from London Euston and Birmingham New Street. . 




Here are some useful resources for information regarding Nantwich Canal Centre.

Train times & tickets
Birmingham Airport
Manchester Airport


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Featured Routes

Featured routes from Nantwich Canal Centre, Cheshire

Brewood & Return

Take a leisurely cruise down the scenic Shropshire Union Canal, dotted with pretty towns and villages, to the home of Gingerbread at Market Drayton, and onwards to Brewood in Staffordshire.

Four Counties Ring

A cruise with something for everyone through the counties of Shropshire, Cheshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands. This route can be done by experienced and energetic crews in just 7 nights or take 10 to 14 nights if you’d like more time for sightseeing and relaxing.

Llangollen and Return

A spectacular route taking in the entire length of the Llangollen Canal, with a wonderful variety of countryside views, friendly canalside towns, some relaxing lock-free sections, a few tunnels and 2 incredible aqueducts including the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Wales.

Lymm & return

Perfect for beginners, this route through the Cheshire countryside passes through pretty towns and villages, a couple of aqueducts, a few tunnels, and the opportunity to visit the Anderton Boat Lift Visitor Centre where boats are lifted down to the River Weaver below.


Short Breaks

The following are suggested routes for short break canal holidays from Nantwich Canal Centre

Chester & Return

A scenic cruise through the Cheshire countryside to Chester, with lots to see enroute.

Market Drayton & Return

Take a cruise down the scenic Shropshire Union Canal, dotted with pretty towns and villages and a couple of lock flights, to the home of Gingerbread at Market Drayton.

Middlewich & Return

Ideal for novices, a relaxed and mostly rural cruise through the Cheshire countryside to the Roman town of Middlewich, famed for its salt production. The first couple of hours are lock-free, meaning you can get used to handling your narrowboat before getting your windlass ready!


Featured Boats

Featured Boats from Nantwich Canal Centre, Cheshire

Six to eight berth Boats

Alvechurch Partridge

Max: 6 People

Length: 66ft

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Alvechurch Warbler

Max: 8 People

Length: 69ft

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Two to Five berth Boats

Alvechurch Wren

Max: 4 People

Length: 49ft

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