Short Breaks

Canal boat short breaks

Short narrowboat holidays - 3/4 nights

Looking for a weekend trip away, or a midweek break? A short break away on one of our narrowboats 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.


From boating around Birmingham to cruising around Cambridgeshire, find the perfect midweek boating break in England:

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

Nantwich Canal Centre Cheshire

Chester & Return, Nantwich Canal Centre
Market Drayton & Return, Nantwich Canal Centre
Middlewich & Return, Nantwich Canal Centre

Springwood Haven Warwickshire

Braunston & Return, Springwood Haven
Fradley Junction & Return, Springwood Haven
Napton Junction & Return, Springwood Haven
Snarestone & Return, Springwood Haven

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


Fancy visiting the Falkirk Wheel on your next boating adventure around Scotland? Or perhaps soaking in some touristic hotspots, such as Edinburgh Castle? Find the best Scottish boating route for you:

Falkirk Canal Forth and Clyde

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


Discover the beauty of the Welsh countryside – from cruising through the Brecon Beacons countryside to experiencing the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in Llangollen, Welsh boating holidays have a lot to offer:

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

Haven’t found what you’re looking for? Discover our range of featured routes online now. Alternatively, explore our full selection of ABC canal boats.