Canal Holidays in the UK

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For the Very Best in UK Canal Holidays

All-Inclusive Prices (No Hidden Extras).

Our prices for canal boat holidays UK 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.

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 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 Boating 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 during UK canal holidays. Indeed last year in excess of 70% of our trade came from previous clients and their recommendations for our canal boat holidays UK. Even if you have no previous canal barge 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 narrowboats 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 barge 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 boating holiday.

Our canalside holiday cottage, Waterside Cottage sleeps up to 11 people and is available all year around. Great for familites, the Waterside Cottage is even set in a working boatyard! If you have any questions about our Waterside Cottage, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Book your 2021 canal boat holiday now, check our availability for canal barge hire UK online (on the right or below) and order our 28 page narrowboat brochure (UK only) or view our narrowboat e-brochure.

The easiest way to book for your UK canal holidays is by phone, just call the office on +44 (0)1525 372355 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.

If you would like to find out a bit more about the canal holiday experience, Clare from About Britain, along with her family, took a week's holiday onboard one of our 6 berth canal boats and wrote a really good trip report, which you can read here: "Narrowboat Holidays on the Grand Union Canal".

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Wyvern Shipping featured in ITV's canal boating series "Barging Round Britain" with John Sergeant!

Previously on ITV in Spring 2015, John Sergeant's 8-part series 'Barging Round Britain' was an excellent documentary showcasing Britain's beautiful canals and rivers. We are pleased to say that some of the filming on the Grand Union Canal was done on board our very own barge Pearl!

Find out more about canal holidays on the Grand Union Canal with Wyvern Shipping.

John Sargeant 'Barging Round Britain' on Wyvern Barge 'Pearl'
Wyvern's Chief Engineer Kevin Cousins with Journalist and Broadcaster John Sergeant, on 'Pearl'

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