Canal boating

We say
England, Scotland and Wales are all criss-crossed by canals that can be navigated by narrowboat. This is slow travel at its finest. You'll chug along, stopping to open locks or visit waterside pubs, waving and chatting with other boaters. No experience on the water is required and everything you need is provided.

Recommended tour operator: Waterways Holidays

Waterways Holidays says

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

  • No experience required
  • Remote locations
  • Pet friendly

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 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.

Find out more about boating on the UK’s rivers and canals.  You will find our latest Covid-19 statement on the website.