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Boat holidays and trips

Discover a new way to recharge. From a relaxing holiday afloat to a day trip with friends or family, exploring our beautiful canals and rivers by boat is the fastest way to slow down.

Two boats in a lock, one leaving, while people walk along the towpath

If you're looking for a self-catering staycation this year, away from busy tourist areas, step aboard a canal boat. Canal boat holidays are a great opportunity to get back to what matters: spending time with family or friends, spotting wildlife and being as active as you like. Walking, cycling, fishing, canoeing and even paddle boarding are on offer.

Our canals and rivers are open for you to explore. The many hire boat companies dotted around the country are waiting to welcome you.

Don't forget to tell us all about your holiday when you get home by tagging #CanalBoatHolidays on social media and mentioning @CanalRiverTrust.

Your tailor-made adventure

Holidaying on the water can be as much of an adventure as you want it to be. Children will love getting involved with mooring up and opening locks.

If you have accessibility requirements, there are plenty of ways to adapt your trip or boat to suit you.

Shorter trips

You don't have to take a week's holiday to feel the benefits of spending time by water. Even just hiring a boat for the afternoon can make you feel healthier and happier.

A short trip is also a great way to try out a boating holiday to see if you enjoy it (we're sure you will). It can also build your confidence in driving a boat.

Where to go

We have more than 2,000 miles of waterways for you to explore, each with their own benefits.

You could base your holiday around a city or attraction you want to visit, so you can moor up and enjoy the sights. Or you might choose a quieter route, cruising through nature. Some of our canals offer the best of both worlds.

Last Edited: 04 January 2024

photo of a location on the canals
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