Welcome to Anglo Welsh canal boat holidays

Welcome to the world of canal boat holidays with leading narrowboat hire company – Anglo Welsh Waterway Holidays. With nearly 50 years’ experience and a reputation for providing high quality, exceptional value canal boat holidays across England and Wales, we look forward to introducing you to thousands of miles of beautiful rivers and canals. 

So climb aboard your luxury Anglo Welsh narrowboats and float off into the sunset for a canal holiday to remember. Offering a choice of more than 160 narrowboats from 11 canal boat hire bases across England and Wales, you’re in the right place to book your canal holiday with Anglo Welsh. Canal boat hire from Anglo Welsh offers you everything you could want in terms of choice, training, availability and value for money. We will help you choose the canal or river route to suit you, and provide you with all the tuition you need to enjoy your canal boat holiday.

Whether you’re an experienced narrowboat skipper or a complete novice to canal holidays, our highly qualified staff will take you through everything you need to know to operate a canal boat. From getting to know the facilities on board your narrowboat, to learning to navigate through locks and all the canal boat handling etiquette you need to be comfortable on the inland waterways, our handover will get you in ship shape for your canal boat holiday. Once your handover is complete, you can set off on your narrowboat holiday adventure, travelling at your own pace, watching out for wildlife and stopping off to enjoy canalside pubs and exploring historic villages, towns and cities along your route.

Thousands of people discover the delights of canal boat hire on Britain’s beautiful inland waterways each year. Anglo Welsh offers all the information and advice to help you decide on the right canal boat, departure point and journey, including Thames boating holidays. Whether you want to test the waters with a short relaxing canal boat break suitable for beginners, or choose a longer more challenging narrowboat holiday completing one of the many canal barge holiday circuits, our team can help advise on which canal boat holiday would work best for you.

All our narrowboats are unique, so once you have selected your starting point, take a look at our varied range of canal boat interiors to see what works best for your canal holiday. Ranging in size from 32ft to 70ft, our narrowboats comfortably sleep between two and 12 guests. On board your canal boat you’ll find all the comforts of home to ensure a restful and relaxing holiday. Our narrowboats are equipped with bedding, towels, central heating, flushing toilets, showers, a TV/DVD player, WiFi and a well equipped kitchen with an oven, fridge, cooking utensils and crockery.

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Choosing the starting base for your narrowboat holiday depends on where you want to go and what you want to do. We have 11 bases in prime locations across the inland waterways of England and Wales, so there’s an Anglo Welsh experience for everyone. Our routes cover a lot of waterways and are chosen to give you access to some of the most stunning countryside, vibrant towns and cities, parks, historical stately homes, and places of cultural interest along the way.

What We Offer

At Anglo Welsh we offer more than just Narrow Boats.  We also have our deals of the day, discount for the Armed Forces and a Loyalty Scheme. See below for more information.


Family Canal Boat Holiday
Anglo Welsh - Day Boat Hire

Day Boat Hire

Our day boats offer a great way to try canal boating and to get the hang of steering, mooring up and working the locks.

All are equipped with the facilities you need for a day afloat, including a fridge and a toilet. Just bring your friends and family, food and drink and after some expert tuition you’re away!

Day Boat Hire
Anglo Welsh narrowboat holidays - Offers of the day

Bargains  of the day

Everyday we have a selection of 20 last minute offers available for you to hire a selection of our glorious boats!

Call 0117 3041122 to speak to a member of the bookings team!

Offers of the day
Anglo Welsh canal boat holidays - We offer discount for the Armed Forces

Armed Forces

15% off with Armed Forces Discount. Our commitment... as a member of the Armed Forces, you can benefit from 15% off any Anglo Welsh Holiday.

Call 0117 3041122 to speak to a member of the bookings team!

Armed Forces

Canal Holiday Inspiration

Not sure what type of holiday is for you? Have a look through our Holiday Inspiration to help make a decision. We offer a range of different types of holidays such as City Breaks, Relaxation Cruises, Tours and Cottage Stays.


Anglo Welsh News


The health and safety of our guests and team is our number one priority.

We understand that the situation is unsettling and we would like to reassure you that we are closely monitoring the developing situation and following Government advice to ensure holidays can take place and our teams operate safely.   

We have updated and adapted our housekeeping and handover procedures in line with Government advice. 

We would advise you to check the GOV.UK website for the most up-to-date information: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public

The canal network along with other Canal & River Trust attractions remain open and usable: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/original/41496-statement-re-coronavirus.pdf?v=3d1a2c

For further updates please follow this link: https://www.anglowelsh.co.uk/Bookings/covid-19-update

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Why choose Anglo Welsh narrowboat holidays?

More than 50 years providing unique canal boat holidays
Modern & spacious narrowboat holiday fleet – from 2 to 12 berths
Wide choice of narrowboat hire locations and canal boat holiday routes
Canal holiday routes for novices & experienced boaters
Flexible holiday booking, no hidden costs
Family friendly holidays, pets also welcome


Celebrity Traveller 

Canal boat holiday fan Stan Cullimore

"As always with these guys, the staff who showed us around the narrowboat were lovely, the boat itself was really comfy and within minutes we were cruising off on another great canal boat holiday."

Stan Cullimore from 80's band The Housemartins


"Everything about the narrowboat and the instruction was fantastic; and yes, women are better at driving narrowboats as well as cars! See you again next year."

Judith from Surrey

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