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
42A Gas St, Birmingham B1 2JT.
Party Cruises


Birmingham and Warwick Junction Canal

Saltisford Canal Centre
Budbrooke Rd, Warwick CV34 5GN.
Self steer day hire & trip boat


Bridgewater Canal

Bridgewater Heritage Boat Company
Boothstown, Marina, 14 Quayside Cl, Boothstown, Worsley, Manchester M28 1YB.
Boat Trips, Educational Cruises, Children's Birthday Parties
City Centre Cruises
Castlefield Events Arena, Liverpool Rd, Manchester M3 4JR.
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
contact@chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk
chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk/trip-boats
Chesterfield Canal Trust -Hugh Henshall
Rhodesia, Worksop S80 3HD.
Trip boat
Chesterfield Canal Trust -John Varley
near, Brimington Rd, Chesterfield S41 0ST.
Trip boat
Chesterfield Canal Trust -Madeline
22 Works Rd, Hollingwood, Chesterfield S43 2PF.
Trip boat
Chesterfield Canal Trust -Seth Ellis
Blyth Rd, Ranby, Retford DN22 8HT.
Trip Boat


Cromford Canal

Cromford Wharf, Trip Boat NB Birdswood
Cromford, Matlock DE4 3RQ.
Heritage trip and charter narrow boat


Dudley Canal

Dudley Canal Trust
The Portal Building, Birmingham New Rd, Dudley DY1 4SB.
Boat Trips


East Anglia

Spalding Water Taxi Co. Ltd.
Locksmill House, New River Drove,, Barrier Bank, Spalding PE12 6AA.
River Taxi / Trips


Forth & Clyde Canal

Bonny Barge
Lime Road, Tamfourhill, Falkirk FK1 4RS.
Boat Trips & Private Hire
Forth and Clyde Canal Society
21 Kirkintilloch Rd, Glasgow G66 1RJ
Trip boat
Seagull Trust Cruises
Canalside, Baird Rd, Ratho, Newbridge EH28 8RU.
Boat Trips for Disabled
Standing Waves Leisure
Lime Rd, Falkirk FK1 4RS.
Canoeing/kayaking Hire & trips


Grand Union Canal

Cosgrove Narrowboat Company
Cosgrove Wharf, Lock Lane, Cosgrove, Milton Keynes MK19 7JR.
Trips, Charter and Day Boat Hire
Grebe Canal Cruises
Grebe Canal Cruises, Pitstone Wharf, Pitstone, Leighton Buzzard LU7 9AD.
Day Boat Hire, Charter & Public Trip Boats
Stoke Bruerne Boat Co.
3 Wentworth Way, Stoke Bruerne, Towcester NN12 7SA.
Trip Boat
07966 503609
enquiries@stokebruerneboats.co.uk
www.stokebruerneboats.co.uk
Waterways Experiences
Nash Mills Recreation Centre, Red Lion Ln, Hemel Hempstead HP3 9TE.
Day or residential crewed boat trips - charter only
01923 723819
bookings@wexp.org.uk
wexp.org.uk


Grantham Canal

Grantham Canal Society
Grantham Canal, United Kingdom
Chartered Cruises


Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Saddleworth Canal Cruises
High St, Uppermill, Oldham OL3 6HS.


Kennet and Avon Canal

Kennet Horse Boat Company Ltd
1 Holt Rd, Kintbury, Hungerford RG17 9UY.
Trip Boat Operator


Lancaster Canal

Budgie Transport Ltd
Caton Road, Lancaster LA1 3PE.
Waterbus from Carnforth to Lancaster & Trip Boat
Jungle Queen
4 Garstang Rd, Preston PR3 0RE.
Party & Scenic Canal Cruise
Kingfisher Cruises
28 Thurnham St, Lancaster LA1 1XU.
Trip Boat
01524 389410
www.kingfishercruise.co.uk
Lancaster Canal Trust
Crooklands, Milnthorpe LA7 7NW.
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
leevalleyboats@btconnect.com
riverleecruises.co.uk


Leeds and Liverpool Canal

Boatel Party Cruises
Botany Bay, Chorley PR6 9AE.
Party cruises. Day trips. Meals. Venue hire
Foulridge Canal Cruises Ltd.
The Warehouse, Canal Wharf, Earby, Barnoldswick BB18 6JX.
Trip Boat & Private Charter
Kittywake Canal Cruises
Terminal 1, Wallgate, Wigan WN3 4EU.
Public boat trips/private charter
Pennine Boat Trips
19 Coach St, Skipton BD23 1LH.
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
Info@penninecruisers.com
www.penninecruisers.com/BoatTrips.htm


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
www.lyneal-trust.org.uk/the-lady


Macclesfield Canal

Freedom Boats Limited
Brook Street, Brook St, Macclesfield SK11 7AW.
Trip boat, day & week hire


Montgomery Canal

Bywater Cruises
Canal Central, Coed Y Rae, Maesbury Marsh, Oswestry SY10 8JE.
Horse drawn trips on the Montgomery Canal
Duchess Countess Trust
North Rd, Llanymynech SY22 6EA.
Boat Trips/Visitor Centre
Huelwen Trust
Gungrog Farm, Gungrog, Welshpool SY21 9HW.
Trip boats for able and disabled people
01938 553173
INFO@HEULWENTRUST.CO.UK
www.heulwentrust.co.uk


Regents Canal

Hidden Depths Canal Cruises
Granary Square, London N1C 4AA.
Skippered trip boat/ party boat
The Pirate Castle
Gilbey's Warf, Oval Rd, Camden Town, London NW1 7EA.
Trip Boat
02072 676605
www.thepiratecastle.org


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
Postal Address Only, Suite 190, 3 Edgar Buildings, George Street, Bath BA1 2FJ.
Bath Boat Trips and Private Charter
Messing About On The River Ltd
Hanham, Bristol, Keynsham, Bristol BS31 2AJ.
Disabled access charter boat, day boat hire, tea gardens
Pulteney Cruisers Ltd
Pulteney weir, Bathwick, Bath BA2 4AT.
Boat Trips and Private Charters


River Nene & Cambridgeshire Waterways

Poshboatz Peterborough
Hills and Hollows, Barnwell Rd, Peterborough PE8 5PB.
Skippered Boat Trips


River Severn

Stourport Steamer Company
Severn Way, Stourport-on-Severn DY13 8UY.
Passenger boat hire and public river trips


River Stour

River Stour Trust
Dove House Mdw, Great Cornard, Great Cornard, Sudbury CO10 0GF.
Boat Trips


River Trent

Gunthorpe Leisure Boats Ltd
3 Trentside, Gunthorpe, Nottingham NG14 7FB.
Skippered cruises and short trips


River Wey

Guildford Boat House Limited
The Boathouse, Millbrook, Guildford GU1 3XJ.
River Trips, Rowing Boats


River Witham & Fossdyke and Witham Navigation

Maritime Leisure Cruises
8 Adrian Cl, Swineshead, Boston PE20 3EU.
Boat Trips


Sheffield and Tinsley Canal

A&G Passenger Boats Ltd.
Arch 16 Victoria Quays, Wharf St, Sheffield S2 5SY.
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
info@norburywharfltd.co.uk
www.norburywharfltd.co.uk/passenger-trip-boat


Staffs and Worcs Canal

Georgies Canal Cruises
Parkgate Lock, Teddesley Rd, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5RH.
Catered short cruises


Trent and Mersey Canal

Mercia Swan
Findern Ln, Willington, Derby DE65 6DW.
Public canal boat trips
Sir Thomas Brocklebank
Stone ST15 0GY.
Canal Boat Trips
Stone Canal Trips – Eat Elite
Crown St, Stone ST15 8QN.
Trip Boat, Party Cruises


Wey Navigation & Basingstoke Canal

John Pinkerton Canal Cruises
Colt Hill Wharf, Odiham, Hook RG29 1DH.
Public and charter boat trips


Wyrley & Essington Canal

Brownhills Canoe & Outdoor Centre
Silver St, Brownhills, Walsall WS8 6DZ.
Canoe activities for school/youth groups, birthday parties, family days out, staff training, etc

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