Great British Boating offers a range of canal boat holidays on the 2,000 miles of Britain’s inland waterways, with all of the information you need to plan and make the most of your time. You can adventure at your own pace along our recommended routes, watching out for wildlife and stopping to enjoy traditional pubs, tea rooms and country walks, as well as exciting historic attractions and cultural events.
Our peaceful canals and rivers offer a great way to relax and discover Britain from a unique perspective. Choose from hundreds of top quality boats offering all the comforts of home, and all operated by established canal boat holiday companies.
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Things you need to know
Great British Boating offers information and advice to help you decide on the right boat, departure point and journey for you.
It’s easy to learn how to steer a narrowboat and operate the locks. You don’t need a licence and all our narrowboat hire operators provide expert tuition and detailed pre-arrival information.
Great British Boating offers the choice of dozens of canal boat hire departure points serving the Midlands waterways. All are within a reasonable taxi ride or train journey from Birmingham International Airport and transfers can easily be arranged.
Things to see & do
From quiet country pubs and village churches, to exciting historic attractions where history and culture come to life, you’ll find plenty of places to visit on your canal journey.