The Wyvern Shipping Company

For the very best in UK canal holidays

Our UK canal holidays are designed for every member of the family. Canal boat hire (self-drive 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 you in touch with a new unexpected England.

All-Inclusive Prices (No Hidden Extras)

Our prices for canal boat holidays UK are fully inclusive with no essential extras such as diesel, gas, damage waiver and car parking. Wyvern continues to offer the best boats on a beautiful canal at competitive all-inclusive prices.

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Canal Boating For The First Time

Over the past 60 years many thousands of customers have found the fastest way of slowing down is to have a relaxing canal boat holiday with Wyvern Shipping. Last year most of our trade came from previous clients and their recommendations for our canal boat holidays UK. Even if you have no previous narrow 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', 'narrowboats', 'long boats' or 'charter boats'.)

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 your canal barge holiday as a novice or even if you would like a refresher, our experienced instructors will take you for a free tuition boat trip and show you through a lock. Instruction continues until you are confident of how to handle your canal hire boat, while enjoying your holiday.

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2 berth

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4 berth

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6 to 8 berth

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Waterside Cottage

If you prefer to watch boats rather than be on one, we have a beautiful 3-4 star holiday cottage. Our 160 year old detached cottage is a fun place to be and perfect for guests wishing to sit and relax while watching the boats.

Set in a working boatyard, it is perfect for families wishing to experience a different kind of holiday, with lots of boats coming and going. It is a 20 minute walk to a choice of shops, pubs and restaurants in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire and a 25 minute walk to a Leisure Centre. Situated on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, there are many National Trust properties, and other historic places of interest to visit nearby, as well as a zoo, a safari park and steam railways.

Available for weekly holidays and short breaks throughout the year.