Canal Holidays in the UK

All-Inclusive Prices (No Hidden Extras)

35 Narrowboats from 2 to 8 berth for Weekly and Short Break Canal Holidays

How to Book Your Canal Boat Holiday

Booking Your Fully Inclusive Holiday with The Wyvern Shipping Co. Ltd

The easiest way to book a boat or Waterside Cottage is over the phone.
Telephone us during office hours on 01525 372355 (+44 1525 372355 for international customers) and we can complete the booking form and take payment by card. We will then post or email your confirmation.
Waterside Cottage can only be booked over the phone during office hours.

Office hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.30pm (All Year).  Also Saturdays 9.00am to 5.00pm (1st April to 1st November).               

How to book a boat outside of office hours.
Use the Canal Boat Hire Availability Search (to the right or below) to check for the date and narrowboat you require.
You will then be shown the option to book your holiday online. Once booked online, we will reserve the boat for you and contact you by email or phone for confirmation.

Self-drive narrowboat moored in scenery

How to confirm your boating holiday.
Either phone the office (please have your debit/credit card details handy) and we will confirm the holiday with you over the phone, if you already have a provisional booking you may also choose from the following options:
Our printable boat holiday booking form - fill it in and post it to us together with a cheque or credit card details.
Our online boat holiday booking form - fill the form in online and submit with details of when and how you wish to make your payment byDebit/ Credit Card or Electronic Bank Transfer.

Relaxing on a Hire Canal BoatIf you submit the online form it is not a confirmed booking until we have contacted you by email or phone and received your 20% deposit, or full payment if your holiday is within eight weeks. 

When do we pay the balance?
You will receive a remittance advice with your booking confirmation requesting the balance to be paid eight weeks before the start of your holiday  .

What is included in the hire fee?
The hire of the canal boat and all its equipment including bedding, VAT at 20% (where applicable), fuel, gas, toilet pump-out on holidays over seven days, car parking, buoyancy aids, television and damage waiver, credit card charges.
For all-male, all-female and group bookings a £250.00 per boat security deposit is payable on arrival. All same sex crews and multi-boat bookings are at the Company's discretion.

What is not included in the hire fee?
Cancellation scheme details below.
Extra persons aged 4 and over -  £20.00 for a short break and £40.00 for a week.
Pets - for short breaks there is a charge of £20.00 for the first pet and £10.00 for the second and for weekly hire £30.00 for the first pet/week, £15 for subsequent weeks and £15 per week for the second pet.

When can we board our canal boat?
A Happy Family on a UK Canal Boat VacationAll our holidays start at 4.00 p.m. on the day of departure, however the barges are usually ready for boarding from 1.30 p.m. we advise our customers to arrive at 1.30 p.m. You must be back at base by 9.00 am and off the boat by 9.30am at the finish of your holiday - this allows us time to clean and service the boat ready for the next hirer.

We give the following discounts off our full brochure prices. 

Ten Day Discounts.
For ten / eleven day hire please add the weekly price for the first week plus 40% of the following week's price. Please phone the office for a quotation.

Two Week Discounts.
25% discount off the second week.

Seventeen / Eighteen Day Hire.
For seventeen / eighteen day hire please add the first week's price plus 75% of the second week's price plus 37.5% of the third week's price.

Three week Hire.
25% discount on the second and third week.

Cancellation Scheme
We offer a cancellation scheme to UK residents whereby for a small premium (see our Terms and Conditions) we can cover your booking liabilities if you unfortunately have to cancel your holiday.
The premium must be paid when booking your holiday.

For Overseas Visitors - we recommend you have a comprehensive travel insurance to cover all your holiday arrangements.

Cancellation Scheme Premiums - find premium associated with your Total Holiday Cost including deposit.
Up to £400 £20 £401 to £500 £23
£501 to £600 £26 £601 to £700 £29
£701 to £800 £32 £801 to £900 £35
£901 to £1000 £38 £1001 to £1100 £41
£1101 to £1200 £44 £1201 to £1300 £47
£1301 to £1400 £50 £1401 to £1500 £53
£1501 to £1600 £56 £1601 to £1700 £59
£1701 to £1800 £62 £1801 to £1900 £65
£1901 to £2000 £68 £2001 to £2100 £71
£2101 to £2200 £74 £2201 to £2300 £77
For each subsequent £100 add £3 to the premium.

Cancellation Scheme Cover
You may cancel your holiday without giving any reason up to 8 weeks before you are due to start.
Should you cancel within 8 weeks of the start of your holiday the scheme covers you in the event of death, injury, illness, pregnancy (commencing after the date of booking), compulsory quarantine, witness summons, jury service or unemployment through compulsory redundancy (after the date of booking) of:
1. The insured and any prospective or actual travelling companion of the insured.
2. Partner, parent or step-parent, brother, sister, child or step-child, parent in law of any named member of the party.

Claims Procedure
The lnsured must give immediate notice by telephone and in writing (letter, fax or email) to the Wyvern Shipping Co Ltd of any event which may give rise to a claim.

We hope you enjoy your canal boat vacation with The Wyvern Shipping Co Ltd.

Canal Boat Hire
Availability Search
How many people in your party?
(including infants)
Starting between which dates?
How long do you want to go for?
Do you have a preferred start day?
Will you be bringing pets?

Canal Holiday Photo Gallery!Click here to view the Wyvern Shipping Company's Canal Boat Holidays E-BrochureView Our England's Canals Narrowboat Holiday VideosCanal Barge Vacation/Holidays Gift Vouchers Subscribe to Our UK Canal Boat Holidays NewsletterAccepted Credit Cards for our Narrowboat Holidays
Wyvern Shipping Company Logo