Narrowboat Holiday Hire in the UK

Hiring a narrowboat or barge sets you lose to explore over 2000 wonderful miles of canals, weaving their way through our countryside & heritage. There are so many fascinating places to see and so many hire boats to choose from, too much choice is always a problem!


We think spending a little time planning and choosing the right narrowboat hire holiday boat and route is great fun & essential to make sure that you and your friends or family get the perfect canal holiday you all deserve!

Day Hire Canal Boats

Day Hire Self Drive Canal Boat

Self drive day hire canal boats are a great way to get some fresh air with friends or family and to sample what a longer canal holiday will be like.

Day Boat Hire

Midlands Canals

Find a Hire firm on the Midlands Canals

Midlands & South Wales:



Skippered Hotelboat Cruises

Hotelboat cruises If you would like all the hard work done for you why not take a relaxing skippered Hotelboat Holiday?

How to Hire your Narrowboat

If you know the part of the country where you want to hire your narrow boat choose an area or canal on the left & browse the hire firms.


If you’d like to compare a few canals and routes look through our Canal Guide Section to get a real flavour of each very different waterway. Each map has links to hire firms on that route.


And if you haven’t been on a narrowboat or barge hire holiday before you should take a look at our Canal Holiday Answers Section where we explain everything you need to know about hiring a narrowboat, including what a canal holiday is like, things to do, see and enjoy, how to plan your route and then how to choose the best hire narrow boat to make your canal holiday dreams come true!

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