Friendship discounts and benefits

Being our Friend can bring unexpected benefits. Thanks to the generosity of our corporate supporters, you can get exclusive discounts on a wide range of things that will help you get even more out of your visits to our canals, rivers and towpaths.


Enjoy a 5% discount on boat hire  

Drifters is the flagship organisation for narrowboat holidays in Britain. Comprising the very best independent boat hire fleets. Drifters represents the most respected names on the inland waterways, with nearly 500 boats to choose from at 35 different locations. Cruise at your own pace - you don't need to be an expert to book a boating holiday.

All you need to do to claim your discount is visit their website and use the code CRT FRIENDS


ABC Leisure Group

Enjoy a 10% discount off boat maintenance and chandlery

We’re being supported by ABC Leisure Group in a partnership that rewards our supporters and staff with discounts on boat maintenance and chandlery at their company-owned marinas. Simply quote CRT to claim the discount. Please mention the discount prior to agreement of works being undertaken.



Enjoy a 3-10% discount (dependent on time of year)

Choose from a wide choice of self-catering holidays in the UK, with family holiday parks, lodges, boating holidays, cottages and city break apartments. The range includes fun packed seaside caravan parks with extensive on site facilities, select clusters of boutique style rustic lodges complete with hot tubs to your very own narrow boat to meander along the waterways.

To search and book securely online vist or alternatively, call the friendly sales team on 0345 498 6516 quoting CNR to receive your 3-10% discount.


Enjoy a 3-10% discount (dependent on time of year)

Discover rural cottages, rustic farmhouses and modern apartments in the UK and beautiful villas and gites overseas. With over 13,000 properties to choose from you are sure to find your dream holiday.

Choose to stay for a short break of 2, 3 or 4 nights or stay 7 nights or longer. Prices start from as little as £9 per person, per night which is excellent value. Also thousands of properties are pet friendly so all the family can enjoy a holiday!

All properties are annually inspected and graded by our regional managers and our grading scheme is supported by Visit England and their Gold Awards.

To search and book securely visit the website or call the friendly sales team on 0845 268 9543 quoting MEMB10 to receive your 3-10% discount


NarrowBoat magazine

25% off the first year of a NarrowBoat subscription (£20.97 instead of £27.96)

A subscription to NarrowBoat magazine brings readers the best in waterway history and heritage. Subscribe now to receive four issues per year of this beautifully presented, high quality magazine which many readers build into a treasured collection. See the past brought to life before your eyes through rare archive pictures and fascinating stories of people and places. Discover famous fleets, canals that never were, historical profiles and family histories – you might even see some familiar faces! Plus, be ahead with the latest research and updates on current issues affecting the heritage of the waterways. Subscribe today and start building your collection.



Claim a 35% discount on all Coolcanals books 
Coolcanals launched with the first of their chart-topping canal books in 2009. Martine and Phillippa are incurable towpath tourists, ambling and rambling the canals from Cornwall to Scotland, their passion for canals unashamedly fills all of their books. It all began on a narrowboat too, travelling the waterways with their eco-office on board - probably the smallest publishing house in the world!

Supporting Friends of the Canal & River Trust already receive a copy of 'Coolcanals Walks', and you can also claim 35% discount on all Coolcanals books by visiting their website and entering your supporter number.


London Canal Museum

25% discount on admission to the London Canal Museum

London Canal Museum tells the story of London's canals, their people, horses, boats and cargoes, on two floors in a waterside building dating from the 1860s, when it was built as an ice warehouse. Two large underground ice wells are under the ground floor and visitors can peer down into one of them. The story of the Victorian trade in natural ice is also told. The exhibitions cover canal life, the ice trade, the tradition of 'roses and castles' canal art, the history of the Regent's Canal, the horses that pulled boats and ice carts, and how canals work and are supplied with water.

Simply show your supporter card or give your supporter number at the ticket office to claim your discount


National Waterways Museum

Free entry with your supporter card or number

With its stunning location on the banks of the Mersey and the Manchester Ship Canal, extensive in-door displays, boat trips and historic buildings, the museum makes a great family day out in Cheshire, where time slows down and history comes to life.


Anderton Boat Lift

Free entry with your supporter card or number

The Anderton Boat Lift is an incredible edifice, perched on the banks of the River Weaver like some giant three-storey-high iron spider. It was built by Edwin Clark in 1875 to lift cargo boats the 50 feet from the River Weaver to the Trent & Mersey Canal.


Standedge Tunnel and Visitor Centre

Free entry to the Visitor Centre with your supporter card or number

Standedge Visitor Centre occupies a unique spot in the heart of the Pennine Countryside and features the longest, highest and deepest canal tunnel in Britain, making this a perfect family day out. As one of the seven Wonders of the Waterways, visitors can explore deep into the tunnel on one of our family friendly guided boat trips, stop for a bite to eat in the café and let kids jump, climb and explore our playground and wildlife garden.


Gloucester Waterways Museum 

Free entry with your supporter card or number

Housed in a warehouse at the heart of Gloucester's fine Victorian Docks, Gloucester Waterways Museum tells the story of our wonderful canals and rivers. Climb aboard historic boats, enjoy hands-on fun, watch archive films and browse galleries rich in canal heritage. You could even take a boat trip along the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal or River Severn


The Canal Museum

Free entry with your supporter card or number

Found in the heart of the beautiful village of Stoke Bruerne on the Grand Union Canal, The Canal Museum is a treasure trove of stories, films, collections and displays all about our waterways.


Last date edited: 18 December 2020