Narrowboat Holiday Hire in the UK - pick your canal or river...

Hiring a narrowboat or barge sets you loose to explore over 2000 wonderful miles of rivers & canals, weaving their way through our countryside and heritage. There's so many fascinating places to see and so many hire boats to choose from. Maybe too much choice?

We think spending a little time planning and choosing the right narrowboat hire holiday boat and route is enjoyable, and 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

Hire Boats on Southern Canals

Southern Canals

Southern England:


A to Z Listing of Hire firms

  • Alphabetical listings of UK narrowboat hire & barge hire canal holiday firms.
    Every listing has been requested and provided by the hire firm.


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 where you want to hire your narrow boat click an area (in orange text) or canal or river (in blue).
  • To compare a few canals and routes look through our Canal Guide Section to get a real flavour of each waterway. You can click on the canal map to explore the next canal!
  • If you prefer circular Canal Rings we've now got Cruising Guides and Maps for our Top Ten Canal Rings!.
  • And if you've not been on a narrowboat or barge hire holiday before take a look at our Canal Holiday Answers for everything you need to know about hiring a narrowboat on UK canals and waterways!


Late Booking Narrowboat Hire

Hireboats2goHireboats2go has late booking narrowboat hire holidays, some at great discounts.

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