Canal Boat Holidays

No matter what the kind of canal boat holiday you’re searching for, here you will find expert advice plus access to the most extensive listings of boating holidays in the UK at the lowest available prices from the leading specialists. We will help you discover your perfect boating break.


If you know where you want to go and in which boat you can book online directly. If you are not sure please follow our guide below to choosing the perfect boating holiday for you:

Choosing your Canal Boat Holiday

  1. Initially you need to choose on which canals you wish to go boating. Choose from the huge selection of inland waterways around the UK. Use our comprehensive guides on the different canal in the UK to help you make this choice. Read more.
  2. Your next step is to select the boat of the right size which can be hired in chosen location. There are many different styles and sizes all offering different features and weighing in at different prices to suit. For helpful information on picking the right boat go to this page.
  3. Finally you need to choose a start date, duration and a start and end point. It’s possible you would like a returning (out and back) journey or cruise a circuit (ring) where the start and end points are the same. Occasionally you can find a one way route to a different base. More information on this can be found here.

Why Take a Narrowboat Holiday?

If you are thinking of trying a narrowboat boat holiday in the UK you will be happy to hear that there could not be a more perfect time to try it out. Now they are managed by The Canal & River Trust, the waterways of the UK are in a much better shape now than they have been for a long time. There are over 2000 miles of stunning navigable waterways to pick from. With each canal being unique there is a boating holiday suitable for everyone.

Living undoubtedly shifts down a gear when you are on a the canal. Cruising along at a rate of approximately four miles per hour. It’s probably one of the better aspects of having holidaying on a narrowboat – you have time for exploring each and every part of your journey in great detail. You will get to learn and appreciate the buried and often overlooked roots of the United Kingdom, and unveil a gateway into a very different world.

There’s no need to visit some exotic location on the other side of the world to experience some stunning sights. The wonder and history of Britain is already right on your doorstep, waiting to be uncovered, and a canal boating holiday is an ideal way to see it.