Narrowboat Hire – Birmingham Canal Navigations

So why not to spend your hireboat holidays cruising beneath city streets, past the backyards of factories and industrial estates and alongside busy railway lines? Many boaters come back year after year to the BCN, fascinated by the way Birmingham has rethought a modern city around its amazing network of canals, junctions, locks and tunnels left over from the industrial revolution.

Boats and reflections at Gas Street Basin – photo Sarah Barnes

  • The BCN has so much to explore, industrial heritage, tunnels, flyovers, factories and warehouses and easy access to the city centre.
  • Birmingham makes the most of the human spaces and open air that canals can bring into the heart of urban areas, building some stunning waterside developments whilst refreshing and redeveloping older ones.
  • Don’t miss the Black Country Museum, Dudley Tunnel, Gas Steet Basin, the restored Roundhouse, plus shops, restaurants, pubs and 100 miles of towpaths!
  • Enter or leave Birmingham by a choice of five routes; the Staffs and Worcs up Wolverhampton locks or through Stourbridge & the Netherton Tunnel, the Birmingham and Fazeley, the Grand Union and the Worcester & Birmingham.
  • You’ve a choice of routes around the BCN too (30+ canal junctions!), such as the New and Old Main lines, and a choice of fascinating BCN Circular Ring routes.

Boat Hire from family firms on or around the Birmingham Canal Navigations

Cafwin Cruisers

Cafwin Cruisers Inspire romance and indulge in the idyllic Worcestershire & Warwickshire waterways in our Eco-friendly luxurious boutique narrowboats. Why not try our beautiful new Electric-Hybrid 58'6" narrowboat, Ollie Owl?

Kate Boats

Kate Boats, a family run business, with quality narrowboats from two bases on the Grand Union Canal, ideally situated on the Warwickshire ring.

Beginners welcome, full instruction given.

Napton Narrowboats

From our new base at Autherley Junction, Napton Narrowboats family-run fleet now gives you the widest choice of boats and cruising routes.

Norbury Wharf

Norbury Wharf luxury narrow boats at the heart of the beautiful Shropshire Union canal, ideally situated for the Llangollen canal, Four counties ring & much more, Short & long term hire available. Diesel & Gas included.

The Blue Riband Club

The Blue Riband Club comprises two owner operated companies who guarantee to give you the highest standards of both comfort and service. All boats are Tourist Board annually inspected.


UKvacationsAfloat At M6 J12 we are centrally located for easy scenic cruises on the picturesque 'Shroppie', Trent and Mersey canal for the Potteries and the Birmingham canals for the industrial history buffs.

More Information

Holiday Cruising Guide to the Birmingham Canal Navigations.

More Midlands hire firms or narrowboat hire firms in other canal areas.

Day hire boats to cruise with a few friends for a few hours.

Help to choose the right canal boat for your holiday.

Plus lots more advice and tips in our Canal Holiday Advice.

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Droitwich Canal

Cafwin Cruisers
B4090 Hanbury Rd, Droitwich Spa, Droitwich WR9 7DU.

Grand Union Canal

Kate Boats
The Boatyard, Nelson Ln, Warwick CV34 5JB.
01926 492968

Shropshire Union Canal

Napton Narrowboats
Autherley Junction, Oxley Moor Rd, Wolverhampton WV9 5HW.
01926 813644
Norbury Wharf
The Wharf, Norbury Junction, Stafford ST20 0PN.
01785 284292
The Blue Riband Club
Wharf Ln, Brewood, Stafford ST19 9BG.

Staffs and Worcs Canal

The Wharf, Watling St, Penkridge, Stafford ST19 5PR.
07491 507825
+1 416 998 4747 (USA)

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