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Cruise the UK with Boating Holidays

Boating Holidays has the widest range of holidays afloat in the UK. We offer over 1500 boating holiday options - almost all with online availability.

We have the biggest choice of self-drive cruisers, narrowboats, and wide-beam narrowboats on the rivers and canals of England, Wales and Scotland. We also offer skippered hotel barges.

  • 1Enjoy a canal cruise through scenic countryside
  • 2Locks take your boat up and down hills
  • 3Explore the Norfolk Broads by boat
  • 4Moor at a canalside pub
  • 5See the Falkirk Wheel - a new waterways wonder
  • 6Cruise along the River Thames
  • 7Travel through the centre of cities
  • 8See the setting sun from a peaceful canal
  • 9 Have an energetic day going up or down the Caen Hill locks
  • 10 Tunnels are an exciting part of canal cruises
  • 11 Take your floating hotel to central London
  • 12 Lift bridges are a feature of some canal routes
  • 9 Descend a staircase set of locks
  • 10 Cruise amongst Highland scenery on the Caledonian Canal
  • 11 Sail across valleys on an aqueduct

Canal Holidays on traditional narrowboats

A narrowboat stops at a canalside pub

Travel the famous canals of England and Wales on distinctive narrowboats. Cruise from London on the Grand Union Canal, or the Kennet and Avon Canal between Bath and Reading. There's superb canal country around Oxford, or why not stop in the refurbished centre of Birmingham on the Stourport Ring. The Avon Ring takes you through Shakespeare's Stratford. Try the famous aqueducts of Llangollen, or see Chester. Cross the Pennines in Yorkshire or see the canals of Manchester and Cheshire.

Check out the canals section of our dedicated UK Boating Holidays website for online availability and more info.

Cruiser Boat Holidays on UK waterways

Cruiser in the UK

Choose from a huge range of cruiser hire boats with online availability. Cruise the royal River Thames between west London and Oxford, passing sights such as Windsor Castle and Hampden Court Palace. The Norfolk Broads are a favourite cruising area with miles of rivers and tranquil scenery and many cruising options. The Yorkshire Ouse allows you to moor in the centre of historic York. Or explore the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness.

Check out the cruiser boats section of our dedicated UK Boating Holidays website for online availability and info.

Other Holidays Afloat in the UK

Narrowboat pair

Enjoy full service and gourmet catering on narrowboat 'pairs' or wide beam hotel barges on canals and rivers of the UK - most canal routes and River Thames, Caledonian Canal. More information on our Hotel Barges website.

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