Canal Holidays in the UK

All-Inclusive Prices (No Hidden Extras)

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

How to Book Your Canal Boat Holiday
  • A canal boat in the open English countryside
  • A canal boat in a lock on a sunny day
  • Canal boats by The Three Locks pub, Buckinghamshire
  • A canal boat on a dramatic viaduct
  • Canal boats on a scenic canal
  • Opening the canal lock at Stoke Bruerne, Northamptonshire
  • A canal boat in a flight of locks
  • Three Wyvern boats on a section of canal


For the very best in UK Canal Holidays. All-Inclusive Prices (No Hidden Extras). 

Our holiday prices are fully inclusive with no essential extras to pay, like diesel, gas, credit card charges and damage waiver, so we continue to offer the best boats on a beautiful canal at competitive all-inclusive prices.

This is a holiday designed for every member of the family. Canal boat hire (rental) brings the English countryside alive with the excitement and adventures of boating. English canals, especially the Grand Union Canal offer a real change from everyday routine and bring one in touch with a new unexpected England remote from main roads and railways, free from crowded and noisy roads; peaceful, pleasant and unspoilt.

Experience Canal Boat Hire For The First Time!

Over the past 50 years many thousands of customers have found the fastest way of slowing down is to have a relaxing canal boat holiday with Wyvern Shipping. Indeed last year in excess of 70% of our trade came from previous clients and their recommendations. Even if you have no previous canal boat hire experience you will be surprised just how easy it is to become a confident skipper of your canal boat. (Some people call them 'barges', 'narrowboat', long boats or 'charterboats'.)

All our narrow boats are purpose built by ourselves for easy and responsive handling and if you have any doubts over any aspect of waterway, canal or river cruising we can assist. At the start of their canal boat holidays all our hirers are taken for a free tuition boat trip by one of our experienced pilots and shown through a lock (sluice). Instruction continues until you are confident of how to handle your canal hire boat. This will ensure a most enjoyable and memorable canal boat holiday.

Our canalside holiday cottage, Waterside Cottage sleeps up to 11 people and is available all year round.

Book your 2014 or 2015 canal boat holiday now, check our availability for canal boat hire UK online and order our 28 page narrowboat brochure (UK only) or view our narrowboat e-brochure.

The easiest way to book is by phone, just call the office and we can complete a booking form with you, making sure you book the right boat and dates.

We can take payment with no surcharge on credit cards and then email or post your booking confirmation.

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