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Canal Boat Holidays


Looking to escape to a slower pace of life on some of the UK’s best inland waterways? With ABC Boat Hire holidays, you can explore the country from a whole new perspective, taking in breath-taking sights Britain’s waterside villages, towns and cities have to offer.
And yet a slower pace doesn’t have to mean a holiday without luxury. From on-board Wi-Fi to wider beds and many other modern amenities, you’ll be able to cruise in comfort as you discover the hidden corners of Britain’s waterways. ABC Boat Hire are the largest operator of self-drive luxury narrowboats in the United Kingdom.

ABC Boat Hire have almost 200 boats at 15 locations across England, Scotland and Wales. You and your family and friends can kick back and relax as you enjoy watching Britain’s stunning countryside drift by. No experience is necessary as our boats are extremely easy to handle and full tuition is given on arrival. They have short breaks available from all bases or you may wish to book a week or longer. There is no itinerary you set your own agenda. In a week by canal you are likely to cover the distance you could cover in an hour by car, but the journey will be a far richer one!

All of ABC’s Boat Hire marinas are regularly inspected by the tourist boards for England, Scotland and Wales. Their canal boats have been individually hand-made in this country and have unique interiors with different styles. They offer a variety of different canal boats for your boating holiday in a range of different sizes that accommodate from two to twelve people. This really is a holiday for the whole family and pets are welcome onboard too.

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Canal Locations

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