Boating Holidays

Take a boating holiday afloat on the waterways and discover a slower, more relaxed pace of life on the historic canals and rivers of Britain and Ireland. Once the very arteries of the Industrial Revolution, they now offer a very different and unique holiday experience.

As the captain of your own luxury narrowboat or cruiser, it is you who sets the itinerary, waking up to a picturesque new view each morning.

Boat along the Caledonian Canal in Scotland, cruise the River Shannon in Ireland, or take a narrowboat holiday through the canals and rivers of England and Wales, perhaps stopping for lunch at a canal-side inn. Alternatively, simply lie back and relax on your very own houseboat in the beautiful Suffolk or Norfolk Broads.

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Narrowboat at Weedon

Narrowboat at Weedon, Weedon Bec, Northamptonshire, NN7 4RZ.

This country pub and award-winning restaurant offers en suite canalside accommodation in five bright, modern rooms. A short drive from the Silverstone race track and historic Althorp House, it overlooks the peaceful Grand Union Canal.

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Brook Line Narrowboats

Brook Line Narrowboats, Dunhampstead, nr. Droitwich, Worcestershire.

Starting from this lovely country base just north of Worcester, there are a wide selection of cruising options, including the newly re-opened Droitwich Canal. Now fully open, travel the 12km of waterway that re-links the Junction and Barge Canals. A good range of well-equipped boats are available with expert tuition.

Whitchurch Marina

Whitchurch Marina, Whitchurch, Shropshire.

Meander along the Llangollen and Shropshire Union Canals through the lovely countryside of Wales and north-west England. Those with a head for heights may choose to travel the famous Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, whilst others may prefer to explore alternative routes. Whitchurch offers a choice of different styles of narrowboats from four to eight berths.

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Falkirk Marina

Falkirk Marina, Falkirk, Scotland.

Encounter the famous Falkirk Wheel, the 696 yard Falkirk Tunnel and several aqueducts as you cruise through the lowlands of Scotland towards Edinburgh. With easy cruising and very few locks, the Scottish Lowland Canals offer a very different boating experience. A wide selection of narrowboats are available for hire.

Gailey Wharf

Gailey Wharf, Gailey, Staffordshire.

The idyllic Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal meanders through the undulating West Midlands countryside, remaining mainly rural as it skirts Wolverhampton and crosses Cannock Chase. Stourport’s port area is little changed from its 18th century beginnings. Gailey Wharf offers a wide selection of narrowboats for couples, families and larger parties.

Tardebigge Marina

Tardebigge Marina, Tardebigge, Worcestershire.

Offering a wide selection of cruising routes for both the novice and the more experienced boater, Tardebigge Marina occupies a picturesque setting in rural Worcestershire. Close to the famous Tardebigge Flight, the longest flight of locks in the UK, the modern and spacious fleet can sleep from two to twelve people.

Heyford Wharf

Heyford Wharf, Lower Heyford, Oxfordshire.

Explore the beautiful Cotswolds, the dreaming spires of Oxford City and the pretty South Oxford Canal as you cruise past canalside pubs and villages. Heyford Wharf offers wide selection of immaculately maintained narrowboats for couples, families and larger groups.

Wayford Park

Wayford Park, Wayford Bridge, Norfolk.

These houseboats are moored beside a well maintained grass meadow along the picturesque River Ant in the beautiful Norfolk Broads. Enjoy fishing from your very own houseboat, or simply explore the upper reaches of this peaceful river. These well-designed and comfortable houseboats can sleep up to six people.

Gayton Marina

Gayton Marina, Blisworth Arm, Gayton, Northamptonshire.

Cruising routes from Gayton are typified by rolling Northamptonshire arable landscapes, punctuated by towns and villages, all easily accessible from the canal-side. Situated on the mighty Grand Union, Gayton is close to many of the canal’s striking historic features. The immaculately maintained fleet can sleep from four to twelve people.

Bradford Wharf

Bradford Wharf, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire.

This is a very historic site with the original wharf building and dry dock still standing. Cruise the stunning scenery of the Kennet and Avon Canal towards the Roman city of Bath, or through the picturesque Vale of Pewsey to the famous Caen Hill Locks. Bradford Wharf has a wide selection of narrowboats available for hire.

Hilperton Marina

Hilperton Marina, Trowbridge, Wiltshire.

Cruise east from your base along the picturesque Kennet and Avon Canal to the famous flight of locks at Caen Hill, or explore westwards towards the pretty, historic market town of Bradford on Avon. Hilperton’s elegant narrowboats provide the perfect vantage point from which to enjoy the scenery.

Rugby Wharf

Rugby Wharf, Rugby, Warwickshire.

Explore the Grand Union Canal, the North Oxford Canal or the Leicester Ring from your base in Rugby. Cruise through the pretty Warwickshire countryside, past canal-side pubs and inns. Rugby Wharf has a wide selection of immaculately maintained narrowboats available for hire.

Alvechurch Marina

Alvechurch Marina, Alvechurch, Worcestershire.

Cruise from Alvechurch through the West Midlands and discover the fascinating history and heritage of this part of the country. In the heart of an extremely varied canal network, there are a wide range of luxury narrowboats available, from four berth right up to a 70 feet 12 berth boat.