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Short Breaks

Short narrowboat holidays - 3/4 nights

A short break away on a narrowboat is the perfect chance to unwind – and one of our 3-4 night canal short breaks is plenty to get used to the slow pace of life and enjoy a holiday afloat.

We have a wide selection of short canal boat holidays available from all start bases, each with a number of splendid routes to choose from. Find your next boat weekend break with ABC Boat Hire today.

Boat weekend breaks

Looking to take a short canal boat holiday away in the UK? Whether you choose to make the most of the weekend, or embark on a mid-week adventure, ABC Boat Hire has the perfect narrowboat solutions for your next trip away.

Take a three-night weekend break starting on Friday, or a four-night midweek break starting on Monday - all for the same price. Remember, these narrowboats are also available for weekly hire.

Top Tip: by adding a short break to a week, you can also take a longer break of ten to eleven nights. Looking for something a little longer? Take a look at our featured canal holiday routes.

Explore our selection of short canal boat holidays to choose from today. We have a variety of short midweek breaks in a range of locations all over the country – find your next canal short break now.


Aldermaston Wharf Berkshire

Henley & Return, Aldermaston Wharf
Hungerford & Return, Aldermaston Wharf
Newbury and return, Aldermaston Wharf

Alvechurch Marina Worcestershire

Birmingham & Return, Alvechurch Marina
Birmingham Mini Ring, Alvechurch Marina
Lapworth and return, Alvechurch Marina

Anderton Marina Cheshire

Beeston or Nantwich and return, Anderton Marina
Lymm & Return, Anderton Marina
River Weaver via Anderton Boat Lift and return, Anderton Marina

Blackwater Meadow Marina Shropshire

Chirk & Return, Blackwater Meadow Marina
Llangollen & Return (Short Break), Blackwater Meadow Marina

Gailey Marina Staffordshire

Great Haywood & Return, Gailey Marina
Market Drayton & Return, Gailey Marina
Norbury & Return, Gailey Marina
Stone and return, Gailey Marina

Gayton Marina Northamptonshire

Braunston or Napton & return, Gayton Marina
Crick & Return, Gayton Marina
Great Linford or Fenny Stratford & return, Gayton Marina
Welford & Return, Gayton Marina

Hilperton Marina Wiltshire

Bath and return, Hilperton Marina
Bradford on Avon/Bottom of Caen & return, Hilperton Marina
Devizes & return, Hilperton Marina

Kings Orchard Marina Staffordshire

Sawley & Return, Kings Orchard Marina
Tixall Wide & Return, Kings Orchard Marina

March Marina Cambridgeshire

Ely & Return, March Marina
Wansford & return, March Marina

Rugby Base Warwickshire

Crick & return, Rugby Base
Hinckley Wharf & return (Ashby), Rugby Base
Napton & return, Rugby Base
Norton Junction & return, Rugby Base
Snarestone & return, Rugby Base

Whitchurch Marina Shropshire

Ellesmere & return, Whitchurch Marina
Hurleston Junction & return, Whitchurch Marina
Nantwich & return, Whitchurch Marina
Wrenbury & return, Whitchurch Marina

Worcester Marina Worcestershire

Stoke Prior & return, Worcester Marina
Stourton Junction & return, Worcester Marina
The Droitwich Ring, Worcester Marina


Falkirk Canal Forth and Clyde

Edinburgh & return, Falkirk Canal
Glasgow & return, Falkirk Canal


Goytre Wharf South Wales

Llangynidr & return, Goytre Wharf
Talybont-on-Usk & return, Goytre Wharf

Wrenbury Mill Welsh Borders

Chirk & return, Wrenbury Mill
Ellesmere & return, Wrenbury Mill
Whitchurch & return, Wrenbury Mill