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Narrowboat Holidays - Hiring a Canal Boat

Semi Trad Stern Hire BoatHoliday narrowboat hire and day boat hire is an ideal way for anyone to get a taster for cruising without the expense of owning a boat. It also gives people the opportunity to have instant access to different canals and rivers across the UK, some of which are not connected to the main canal network - like the Monmouth and Brecon Canal in South Wales.

By testing out the water with different styles of hire boats you will be able to determine if boating is a desirous long term aim for you or will just remain the occasional boat hire. You may like to plan on sharing the boat hire as a couple, as a family or with friends. You do not need any experience of boat handling whatsoever! It's so easy to do - you will pick the basics of boating up within ten minutes at the helm.





Adverts for Canal boat holiday hire in the UK


'Down The Hatch' - Hotel Boat - River Thames


Fully crewed & all-inclusive Wide Beam Hotel Boat holidays, short breaks or day charter on the River Thames.

What's so special and exclusive about Hotel Boat 'Down The Hatch' ?

Based in Reading [Berkshire] Wendy & Graham [the crew] specialise in exclusive private charter for two guests only. Both crew are experienced & successful hoteliers.

The boat, 'Down The Hatch', was launched in 2016 & is the newest of her type on the river. At 72 feet long, with a 14 foot beam she is extremely spacious.

The twin bedded guest room with en-suite power shower benefits from 4K satellite TV, 4G Wi-Fi, quality bedding/towels/bathrobes, 'Molton Brown' toiletries etc. Whilst the oak panelled lounge boasts 'Karndean' flooring, Italian leather sofas, 4K satellite TV with a Blu-Ray disc library.

If you are looking for the luxury all-inclusive River Thames boating holiday of a lifetime, then please click on the link below to find out more.

Link to Down the Hatch website






Avon Canal Boat Hire, Evesham


Weekly, luxury canal boat hire based on the River Avon in Evesham. In the heart of Shakespeare country, just 15 miles down river from Stratford Upon Avon...

Why choose Avon Canal Boat Hire?

The boat is the ideal length at 44 foot. It's much easier to handle than the average 50-60 foot boat, which makes it perfect for beginners and those who feel intimidated by longer boats, while remaining spacious and without compromising on quality.


- Ideal for both couples and small families.
- No charge for a damage waiver like most companies do.
- Based on the Avon ring, allowing you to go all the way round without passing the same place twice.
- Fully heated boat with modern luxuries, so you can enjoy your holiday any time of the year.
- Avon teach you everything you need to know so you can enjoy your boating holiday with peace of mind.


Ideal for both couples and small families, the canal boat has a spacious interior comprising of a bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and living area. The boat is also fitted out to a high standard giving you that luxurious feeling.

If you are looking for luxury canal boat hire in the UK then please contact Avon Canal Boat Hire on:
+44 (0)1925 870 201.

Link to Avon Canal Boat Hire website






Beacon Park Boats, South Wales


A family-run business offering luxury narrowboat holidays on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales.

Why choose Beacon Park Boats?

Alasdair and Sarah Kirkpatrick say: "We run every aspect of the business from our private wharf at Llanfoist, just outside Abergavenny. We're not a typical boat hire company. We set out to be different right from the start. In Beacon Park Boats we combine our love of design, craftsmanship, boating, engineering and hospitality to give you the very best in canal boat holiday experiences.
Discover our fleet of 13 highly individual luxury canal boats sleeping from 2 to 7 people - not forgetting the dog."


'Luxury' is not normally the word used to describe a narrowboat. But then these boats - all named after birds - are not normal, not off-the-peg.

"At Beacon Park Boats each of our boats is bespoke - designed and hand-built by us. We lead the way in narrowboat design in the UK with such features as an on-deck hot tub, four-poster bed, covered front deck and wood-burning stoves. In fact, some of our boats are not even very narrow! They range from a wide Dutch barge for six to an Edwardian-style boat for two."

Whichever canal boat you choose, be prepared for your immaculate boat - painted in glossy British racing green and cream - to be admired as you cruise past other holiday-makers.

Beacon Park also offer Holiday Cottages and Day Boats

Link to Beacon Park Boats website






Andersen Boats, Middlewich


A family business for over 40 years. Awarded "Best in Britain 2014", we want you to have an amazing time on a canal boating adventure... so we offer narrowboat holidays on some of the best canal routes in England and North Wales.

We are ideally located for a choice of picturesque, relaxing and exciting canal adventures (including the Llangollen Canal, the Marple aqueduct and the Anderton Lift).

Secondly, we are a great choice for first time boaters as we are located in Middlewich right next to a set of 3 locks so our hirers not only get full hands on tuition to the operation of their boat but also hands on experience in boat handling, lock operation and waterways safety.

We build each of our narrowboats ourselves, from the sheets of metal and wood up, to ensure that you will have a truly unique and hassle-free canal boating experience.

Narrowboats are a truly amazing style of holiday on which you can wake up somewhere new each day, see new things everyday and importantly you don't have to budget hundreds of pounds extra... it's all part of what you will have paid for!

Link to Andersen Boats website






Drifters Boating Holidays on the UK canals and rivers.


Drifters is a consortium of privately owned self-drive hire boat companies set up to promote enjoyment of canal holidays to potential customers nationally and globally.

Why choose Drifters?

Drifters prices are always competitive.
If you see the same holiday elsewhere at a lower price, Drifters will match it.

With over 500 boats to choose from, sailing from nearly 40 boatyards spread round the countryside of England, Wales and Scotland, they can offer you a one stop shop from just finding out about canal holidays to on-line booking.

With decades of experience, Drifters is the name to go with on the waterways. They aim to specifically assist those new to canal holidays, and they will delight you with the best quality holiday experience.

Drifters also offer Day Boats

Link to Drifters Boating Holidays website






College Cruisers of Oxford


Luxury canal holidays on the Oxford Canal and River Thames with College Cruisers canal boat hire

A family run boat hire company based in the historical, beautiful University City of Oxford. This allows you to cruise The South Oxford Canal and the Upper and Lower Reaches of the River Thames and explore Oxford itself.

College Cruisers focus on customer service, there are no hidden costs, no damage waivers, so you and your crew can have a relaxing carefree holiday.

If you are visitors from abroad Oxford has excellent links to all major airports and the base is only a short walk or taxi journey from both rail and coach stations. The Waterways are a wonderful way of exploring England.

College Cruisers also offer Party Boats

Link to College Cruisers Holidays website






"Duke & Duchess" Hotel Narrowboats Ltd, England and Wales

Hotel Boat Duke and Butty Duchess


Enjoy a traditional narrow boat holiday without all the hard work (unless you want to help the crew of course).

Relax on a fully inclusive and crewed narrow-boat hotel with delicious freshly cooked food, honesty bar and comfortable cabins; with or without en-suite facilities to suit every budget.

The perfect holiday for solo travellers, couples or groups (with no single supplements).

Fun and friendly; no-one is a stranger for long on these delightful holidays.

Please visit the website for more information www.hotel-narrowboats.co.uk or ring Alison on 0774 996 5482 for a chat and she'll be happy to explain all about these very special holidays and answer any questions you may have.

Link to Hotel Narrowboats Limited website





Canal boat day hire

If you are looking at canal day-boat hire there are a number of boat yards across the UK that have this facility.

Thorn Marine - Day Boat Hire

Link to Thorn Marine - Day Boat Hire, Stockton Heath, Warrington.  





Beacon Park Day Boats, South Wales

Day, half-day and hourly boat hire on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal in the Brecon Beacons National Park, South Wales.

- Looking for a day out in Wales?
- Keen to try a new activity?
- Fancy exploring the beautiful Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal?
- Want to get up close to the wildlife?
- Take the children on an adventure?
- Relax and unwind with a group of friends?

Come to Brecon at the heart of the Brecon Beacons National Park and hire a luxury electric boat or Canadian canoe for the day, half-day or by the hour from the terminus of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal. Pack a picnic or enjoy lunch at one of the canalside pubs. You can even bring your dog along for the cruise!

Boats are available for hire from
March to start of November.

Beacon Park also offer Holiday Cottages and Holiday Boats

Link to Beacon Park Day Boats website






Drifters Day Boat Hire

You can hire a boat for the day from many of our bases.

This will let you have a great day out for the family or a party of friends, and get the feel of a narrowboat on the water. If the idea of a waterway holiday appeals to you, but you're not sure how much you'd like it, then try one of our day hire boats. Whilst they are not provided with all the comforts of a weekly hire boat, they do let you sample whether you would enjoy a waterway holiday.

Drifters also offer Holiday Boats

Link to Drifters Day Boats website