You don't need to have a week spare and lots of sunshine to enjoy our canals.
Visiting the canals is a great way to escape, and there are a large number of
places and activities for all the family and friends to enjoy
for a day or for just a few hours,
many of which can be visited all year round.
There's a wide range ofcanalside attractions, visitor centres and
waterways museums which make a great family day out. You can also have a
different canal holiday with lots to do by staying in a canalside cottage or hotelboat.
Self drive day hire canal boats
are a very popular way to have a day out with friends, and to get a
taste of canals and canal boat hire. Skippered trip boats
offer short scheduled cruises usually lasting an hour or two that you
can turn up and join, or chartered cruises that can be booked in advance
for a whole party.
Restaurant boats usually combine good food with a canal cruise.
And canal pubs and restaurants are a great place to relax
with friends, whether you have been boating
You can hire a self-drive narrowboat for a
just day or an evening.
We've got listings of over 30 day hire narrowboat companies right across the canal system.
Some day hire boats can take up to 12 passengers and usually have cooking and toilet facilities, but no beds of course!