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Explore Britain by boat

Mark and David's verdict:

Renting a boat is one of the most relaxing ways to enjoy the British countryside. Potter along at 5mph amidst the reeds and marshes of the Norfolk Broads, or explore a network of rivers and canals by narrow boat. Wherever you go - for a weekend break or a summer holiday - you are never far from a waterside pub.

Recommended tour operator: Waterways Holidays

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Waterways Holidays says

Enjoy the ultimate relaxing break exploring the UK’s inland waterways on a self-drive boating holiday. Whether for a weekend, a week or longer, it’s the fastest way to slow down.

  • Huge choice of locations
  • Narrowboats and cruisers
  • No experience required

You don’t need to have any boating experience as full tuition is provided on arrival at your chosen marina.

There are boats available to suit every budget with a live availability search of more than 1,600 boats to best match your requirements.

Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, birthday celebration or family holiday, you’ll find a wide choice of boats sleeping between two and 12. Most of our boats are pet friendly so there’s plenty of room for man’s best friend too.

Take time out to explore the canals and rivers of England, Scotland and Wales. There’s so much variety on a narrowboat holiday, it’s a chance to see the sights on a city break, take it easy on a lock free route or complete a cruising ring, all within arm’s reach of a local waterside pub.

Boating holidays on the Norfolk Broads are all about vast blue skies, expansive waters and 125 miles of magical lock free cruising; there’s relaxed cruising, fishing, bird-watching and abundant waterside eateries. With motor cruisers and yachts to suit all, there is no better place to discover boating for the first time or revisit favourite haunts.

Find out more about boating on the Norfolk Broads and the UK’s rivers and canals. We also offer boating holidays in France and Portugal.

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