Find and book your ideal hireboat holiday!

Hiring a boat sets you loose to explore over 2000 miles of canals as they weave their way through our British countryside and history. And the Canal Junction bonus is that we're here to help you to find, plan and book the holiday that suits you best.

Skippered all-inclusive hotelboat cruising

Hotelboat holidays offer the luxury of cruising our beautiful waterways with an experienced crew who act as knowledgeable guides, serving up homemade food and hospitality.
Do as much or as little as you like, on your own or with your friends!

Canal days out, attractions, boat trips & day hire

You don’t need a week to enjoy our canals. Why not take a short trip, dine aboard a restaurant boat, charter a party boat with friends, hire a self drive boat for a few hours or have a great day out at one of the many canalside visitor centres and museums?

Boat owner centre

And if you're lucky enough to have your own boat we’ve helpful boat owner advice and information. With contact details of 2000 plus suppliers of over 100 different types of boating equipment and services you'll find everything you need.

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So you're looking for a Canal Holiday!

Well you're starting at the right place - because at Canal Junction we don't just conjure up a few hire boats! There's much more to finding your best canal holiday than that!

We offer you the widest selection of different canal holidays from across the UK. Your holiday might last a few hours, days, weeks or even the rest of your life! You could share it with family, friends or enjoy it all on your own! You might want to be entertained, relaxed, active, thoughtful, sociable, challenged or enlightened! Whatever sort of canal holiday you are looking for we've expert advice plus the most comprehensive listings of UK canal & waterway holidays, equipment & services to help you find what you want.

And we'll help you discover how every canal holiday can take you on an unhurried journey through a two centuries old living landscape, rich in fascinating customs and culture, history and heritage, engineering and environmental wonders, and a dazzling popular folk art.

So whether you've got minutes, weeks or a lifetime to spare, and no matter where your canal holiday eventually leads you, Canal Junction is the very best place to start!

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