The Cream of Canal boat holidays


The first impression when you step on board an Alvechurch boat is of space and light. For people who have not been on a boat before, or have been on boats other than ours, the interior comes as a surprise. In fact, a succession of pleasant surprises awaits you.

the inside of a modern canal boat for hire in the UK

When you unpack you'll find we have anticipated your storage needs, with plenty of wardrobes and drawer space, but it's when you start to live on board that our boats come into their own. (To make best use of storage, we recommend you use soft bags rather than large suitcases, as these are much easier to store on the boat during your cruise).

Central heating, running hot and cold water to the shower, basin and sink (2 showers and basins on the larger boats of course). Flushing toilets. Full cooking facilities and fridges, TV, radio and an inventory of equipment that seems never ending.

The controls are as simple as can be - start/stop, forward/reverse, left/right. A child could drive one of our boats - in fact, under supervision, they often do.

We are delighted to show you around our boats so please feel free to come and visit us. Although appointments are not necessary, you should ring the base first to ensure they are open and boats are available to view.

All our bookings are handled by ABC Boat Hire

Aldermaston Wharf: 01189 714123
Alvechurch: 0121 445 1133
Anderton: 01606 79642
Blackwater Meadow: 01691 624391
Falkirk: 01324 627212
Gailey: 01902 790 612
Gayton: 01604-858685
Goytre: 01873 880516 
Hilperton: 01225 765243
Rugby 01788 562 183
Union Wharf: 01858 432123
Whitchurch 01948 662 012
Worcester: 01905 734160
Wrenbury Mill: 01270-780544

Please note that the marinas are unable to give vacancy information. These enquiries must be made direct to the ABC Boat Hire booking office on 

Tel: 0330 3330 590 (UK local rates apply)
From Overseas dial +44 1905 734168

Access for all

If you are considering a boating holiday, or are visiting one of our marinas and have any special requirements or disabilities, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can find more information about access for all by following this link.

A civilised adventure

On a narrowboat, you are welcomed as part of the scenery, rather than just another tourist. Your whole holiday is at walking pace, there's time to savour the scenery, talk to people and get in touch with a more social type of lifestyle.

Put the world behind you and set off up the canal. Free at last. Stop when you feel like it. Get up when you feel like it and above all go where you want to go. Give us a call and make this the year you escape to the real England.