Inland boating holidays

Take your very own behind-the-scenes tour of Britain, passing slowly through the English countryside, and into the heart of some of our best loved towns and cities

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Great British Boating offers a range of canal boat holidays around the Heart of England, 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.

        Marinas – Click on any Marina location to view all of the local routes available

Please use the Key to the left of the map to view recommended Attractions and Places of Interest

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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.

Operating Locks

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.

Easy Access

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.

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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.

Warwick Castle and the River Avon
Royal Shakespeare theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon
Walking holiday in the Heart of England along the Heart of England Way
canal and river boating holidays from Worcester.


Take a look at what some of our customers say about their holidays with us.

The Stratford Canal
Leonard, Utrecht. NL

To sum up, we had a great week on the boat, with our captain (my wife) receiving praise at several moments from other more experienced boaters and the crew receiving offers to be hired by other captains 😉


The Warwickshire Ring
Elizabeth, Wiesbaden, Germany

Their boat was excellent value, and when we needed help, they responded immediately. The staff were friendly and thoughtful, and they were completely dedicated to making sure that our holiday continued without a hitch


Catherine M, Saskatoon, Canada

It was a great adventure as we went through over 20 locks. Stopped in many villages to eat in the pubs. Took a bus to Warwick Castle and Stratford


Want to get started? 

Start planning your trip

Find your perfect holiday with Great British Boating. Simply select your preferred start location and date and click on “check availability”. 

You can further refine your search by selecting holiday length and berths.

Or you can book directly now by calling us on:

 +44 (0) 1252 796 402

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