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Canal Boating Holidays in the UK



With thousands of miles of peaceful inland waterways to explore, canal boat holidays offer a great way to relax and explore Britain’s countryside and waterside destinations.

Managed by the Canal & River Trust, our canals have benefitted for decades of investment and offer a huge variety of holiday options.

Choose from hundreds of top quality boats offering all the comforts of home, and set off on an adventure afloat, watching out for wildlife and stopping to enjoy country pubs, walks and exciting historic attractions along the way.
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 as part of their holiday packages.

With over 580 boats to choose from, departing from 45 boat yards across England, Wales and Scotland, Drifters Waterway Holidays offers hundreds of holiday routes, many of them ideal for beginners.

All our holidays are operated by established self-drive narrowboat hire companies, upholding industry standards of excellence.


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