Skippered trips & boat charters

Canal trip boats & party charter boats

Skippered canal trip boats are great on a day out. Trip boats run short scheduled canal pleasure cruises, usually lasting an hour or two, that you can often just turn up and join.

  • You get a cruise along a canal usually with a guide onboard pointing out interesting things to see.
  • Trip boats have a skipper and crew and will often provide onboard food & refreshments.
  • Some are based at popular visitor centres, others in town and city centres.
  • Many canal trip boats also offer chartered cruises for just your party, which must be booked in advance. Some offer trips for school groups, business hire, party cruises & wedding receptions.
  • Some charities run specially adapted accessible trip boats for people with disabilities.

Chesterfield Canal Trust

Chesterfield Canal Trust, Charter boat trips, children's pirate trips and Santa trips. Hot and cold drinks, toilet, central heating. 4 trip boats based at Retford, Worksop, Hollingwood and Chesterfield.

Huelwen Trust

Huelwen Trust Day canal boat trips in Welshpool along the Monty with the Heulwen Trust (disabled people travel free). Visit our website for details.

Kingfisher Cruises

Kingfisher Cruises A two centre operation covering the Lancaster canal. Including the popular Lune aqueduct cruises from Lancaster and horse-drawn boats, evening entertainment and private hire from Barton Grange Marina.

Lyneal Trust

Lyneal Trust provides day canal boat trips for people with disabilities, vulnerabilities, or illness, and their families and friends, on board the specially designed Shropshire Lady on the Llangollen Canal.

Norbury Wharf

Norbury Wharf. Enjoy the heart of the beautiful Shropshire Union Canal aboard our 42 seater trip boat, all year public & charter trips. Just 15 minutes from junction 14 M6, or junction 3 M54, a cruise to remember!

Pennine Cruisers

Enjoy a relaxing holiday with Pennine Cruisers of Skipton. Daily 30-minute trips on 'Leo' up Springs Branch to Skipton Castle. A unique experience in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Runs all year round.

River Lee Cruises

River Lee Cruises operate charter cruises on a beautiful stretch of the River Lee in Hertfordshire, offering catered party trips, discos, business lunches, wedding receptions, jazz cruises and outings.

Stoke Bruerne Boat Co.

Stoke Bruerne Boat Co. Skippered regular 'booking not needed' public trips from outside the famous Stoke Bruerne Museum, plus skippered charters and school trips. Also skippered evening cruises & day boat hire.

The Pirate Castle

The Pirate Castle for Canal Boat Adventure on London's Canals. Fun for all ages. Work the locks - steer the boat - watch the world go by. Skippered trips for up to 12 passengers.

Waterways Experiences

Waterways Experiences. Day or residential crewed boat trips from Hemel Hempstead, charter only. All 3 wide-beam boats designed for wheelchair access. New volunteers welcome to help with crewing, marketing, IT etc.

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Birmingham Canal Navigations

Central Boat Parties
Gas Street, Birmingham
Party Cruises

Birmingham and Warwick Junction Canal

Saltisford Canal Centre
Self steer day hire & trip boat

Bridgewater Canal

Bridgewater Heritage Boat Company
Boat Trips, Educational Cruises, Children's Birthday Parties
City Centre Cruises
Trip boat

Chesterfield Canal

Chesterfield Canal Trust
22 Works Rd, Hollingwood, Chesterfield S43 2PF.
Charter boat trips, children's pirate trips and Santa trips
01246 477569
Chesterfield Canal Trust -Hugh Henshall
Trip boat
Chesterfield Canal Trust -John Varley
Trip boat
Chesterfield Canal Trust -Madeline
Trip boat
Chesterfield Canal Trust -Seth Ellis
Blyth Rd, Ranby, Retford DN22 8HT.
Trip Boat

Cromford Canal

Cromford Wharf, Trip Boat NB Birdswood
Cromford Canal, Cromford Wharf
Heritage trip and charter narrow boat

Dudley Canal

Dudley Canal Trust
Dudley - West Midlands
Boat Trips

East Anglia

Spalding Water Taxi Co. Ltd.
Spalding, Lincolnshire
River Taxi / Trips

Forth & Clyde Canal

Bonny Barge
Forth and Clyde Canal, Falkirk
Boat Trips & Private Hire
Forth and Clyde Canal Society
Glasgow Road bridge, Kirkintilloch
Trip boat
Seagull Trust Cruises
Falkirk, Ratho, Highlands, Kirkintilloch
Boat Trips for Disabled
Standing Waves Leisure
Falkirk Wheel & Scottish canals
Canoeing/kayaking Hire & trips

Grand Union Canal

Cosgrove Narrowboat Company
Milton Keynes, Grand Union Canal
Trips, Charter and Day Boat Hire
Grebe Canal Cruises
Pitstone, Grand Union Canal
Day Boat Hire, Charter & Public Trip Boats
Stoke Bruerne Boat Co.
3 Wentworth Way, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester NN12 7SA.
Trip Boat
07966 503609
Waterways Experiences
Nash Mills Recreation Centre, Red Lion Ln, Hemel Hempstead HP3 9TE.
Day or residential crewed boat trips - charter only
01923 723819

Grantham Canal

Grantham Canal Society
Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, Grantham
Chartered Cruises

Kennet and Avon Canal

Kennet Horse Boat Company Ltd
Newbury/Kintbury - Kennet & Avon Canal
Trip Boat Operator

Lancaster Canal

Budgie Transport Ltd
Lancaster Canal
Waterbus from Carnforth to Lancaster & Trip Boat
Jungle Queen
Garstang, Lancaster Canal
Party & Scenic Canal Cruise
Kingfisher Cruises
28 Thurnham St, Lancaster LA1 1XU.
Trip Boat
01524 389410
Lancaster Canal Trust
Crooklands, Lancaster Canal, Cumbria
Free skippered boat trips (Easter - October)

Lee Navigation

River Lee Cruises
Lee Valley Boat Centre, Old Nazeing Rd, Broxbourne EN10 6LX.
Trip Boat
01992 462085

Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Boatel Party Cruises
Chorley, Lancashire
Party cruises. Day trips. Meals. Venue hire
Foulridge Canal Cruises Ltd.
Foulridge. Leeds & Liverpool Canal
Trip Boat & Private Charter
Kittywake Canal Cruises
Wigan Pier
Public boat trips/private charter
Pennine Boat Trips
Skipton, Yorkshire Dales
Canal cruises - public cruises & private charters for weddings, parties, corporate events
Pennine Cruisers
19 Coach St, Skipton BD23 1LH.
Canal cruises - public cruises & private charters for weddings, parties, corporate events
01756 795478

Llangollen Canal

Llangollen Wharf
Llangollen Wharf, Wharf Hill, Llangollen LL20 8TA.
Horse drawn and motorised trip boats
Lyneal Trust
Lyneal Wharf, Ellesmere SY12 0LQ.
Boat trips for people with disabilities, family, friends and carers
01948 710708

Macclesfield Canal

Freedom Boats Limited
Macclesfield, Cheshire
Trip boat, day & week hire

Montgomery Canal

Bywater Cruises
Maesbury, Shropshire
Horse drawn trips on the Montgomery Canal
Duchess Countess Trust
Montgomery Canal, Llanymynech
Boat Trips/Visitor Centre
Huelwen Trust
Gungrog Farm, Gungrog, Welshpool SY21 9HW.
Trip boats for able and disabled people
01938 553173

Regents Canal

Hidden Depths Canal Cruises
Skippered trip boat/ party boat
The Pirate Castle
Gilbey's Warf, Oval Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 7EA.
Trip Boat
02072 676605

Ripon Canal

Ripon Scenic Cruises
Canal Wharf, 12 Bondgate Grn, Ripon HG4 1AQ.
Scenic cruises on the Ripon Canal. Accessible.

River Avon

Avon River Cruises Ltd – The Silver Salmon
Bath Boat Trips and Private Charter
Messing About On The River Ltd
Hanham, Bristol
Disabled access charter boat, day boat hire, tea gardens
Pulteney Cruisers Ltd
Boat Trips and Private Charters

River Nene & Cambridgeshire Waterways

Poshboatz Peterborough
River Nene, Peterborough
Skippered Boat Trips

River Severn

Stourport Steamer Company
Passenger boat hire and public river trips

River Stour

River Stour Trust
Sudbury & Flatford
Boat Trips

River Trent

Gunthorpe Leisure Boats Ltd
Gunthorpe Marina, River Trent, Notts
Skippered cruises and short trips

River Wey

Guildford Boat House Limited
River Wey, Guildford
River Trips, Rowing Boats

River Witham & Fossdyke and Witham Navigation

Maritime Leisure Cruises
Boston, Lincs
Boat Trips

Sheffield and Tinsley Canal

A&G Passenger Boats Ltd.
Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Passenger boat trips, Heritage trips, Dining cruises, party charter

Shropshire Union Canal

Norbury Wharf
The Wharf, Norbury Junction, Stafford ST20 0PN.
Trip Boat
01785 284292

Staffs and Worcs Canal

Georgies Canal Cruises
Catered short cruises

Trent and Mersey Canal

Mercia Swan
Mercia Marina, Willington, Derbyshire
Public canal boat trips
Sir Thomas Brocklebank
Stone Staffordshire, Trent & Mersey Canal
Canal Boat Trips
Stone Canal Trips – Eat Elite
Stone, Staffordshire
Trip Boat, Party Cruises

Wey Navigation & Basingstoke Canal

John Pinkerton Canal Cruises
Odiham, Basinstoke Canal
Public and charter boat trips

Wyrley & Essington Canal

Brownhills Canoe & Outdoor Centre
Wyrley & Essington Canal
Canoe activities for school/youth groups, birthday parties, family days out, staff training, etc

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