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.

  • Canal cruise through scenic countryside
    Enjoy a canal cruise through scenic countryside
  • Entering a Canal Lock
    Locks take your boat up and down hills
  • Moor at a canalside pub
    Moor at a canalside pub
  • Falkirk Wheel
    See the Falkirk Wheel - a new waterways wonder
  • Cruise along the River Thames
    Cruise along the River Thames
  • Canal in Manchester
    Travel through the centre of cities
  • Setting sun from a peaceful canal
    See the setting sun from a peaceful canal

Canal Holidays on traditional narrowboats


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

Uk Cruiser Boat

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

Canal Staircase

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.