Boating Holidays in the UK
We offer the widest range of boating holidays in the UK. There are over 1000 hire boats available - almost all with online availability.
Cruiser Boat Holidays on UK waterways
We have self-drive cruiser boats and canal narrowboats available on the rivers and canals of England, Scotland and Wales.
The cruiser boat has been a feature of the UK rivers for many years. Its design allows a considerable degree of comfort and facilities. Many boats have either inside and outside steering or central steering with a sliding canopy.
Cruise past Windsor Castle and Hampden Court Palace on your way along the Royal River Thames between west London and Oxford. River Thames guide.
The Norfolk Broads is one of the UK's oldest boating areas, noted for its wildlife and tranquil scenery. There are miles of rivers, many cruising options and a wide range of boats. Norfolk Broads guide.
Further north in Scotland explore the Caledonian Canal and Loch Ness between Inverness and Fort William. Perhaps search for the famous monster! Caledonian Canal guide.
Use the UK cruiser boats search on the right for online availability and info.
UK Canal Holidays on traditional narrowboats
The distinctive UK canal narrowboat is just over 2 metres wide. These traditional craft have been updated to offer a full range of features and comforts including microwaves, DVD, and en-suite cabins.
The canals join most of the major towns of England, travelling through rural countryside, historic towns and the UK industrial heritage. Once used for transport of goods, they are now almost exclusively used for holiday boating.
See some of the UK's most visited towns by canal - Oxford and its University and colleges, Bath's historic Pump Room and famous Georgian crescents, Chester and its famous arcades, Shakespeare's Stratford on Avon, Edinburgh and the Royal Mile.
Moor your boat near Regent's Park in London or stop in the refurbished centre of Birmingham or the busy heart of Manchester. Cross the famous aqueduct at Llangollen or the Pennines to Yorkshire.
Check out our UK Canal Holidays website for online availability and more info.
Our dedicated UK holidays website at www.holidayuk.co.uk also has the full range of boat hire options, plus cottages, holiday parks, lodges and city break apartments.