Welcome aboard with Anglo Welsh

Welcome to the world of canal boat holidays with leading narrowboat hire company – Anglo Welsh. With over 55 years’ experience providing high quality, exceptional value canal boat holidays across England and Wales, we look forward to introducing you to thousands of miles of beautiful canals and rivers.

So climb aboard your luxury Anglo Welsh narrowboat or wide beam boat and float off into the sunset for a canal holiday to remember. With a fleet of more than 160 narrowboats at 11 canal boat hire bases across England and Wales, you’re in the right place to book your dream canal holiday. 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 best suited to 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 cruising the waterways, our handover will get you in ship shape for your canal boat holiday. Once this is completed, 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 needed 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 circuits, our team can help advise on which canal boat holiday route 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 will work 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.

Where shall we start?

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.

Find out where all our locations are

Be Inspired

We offer a range of different types of holidays such as City Breaks, Relaxation Cruises and Popular Destinations

City Breaks
Rural retreats
Popular places

Anglo Welsh. So much more than narrow boats

Holidays for all the Family

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!
Why not hire a Dayboat?
Bargains of the day
Every day we have a selection of 20 last minute offers available for you to hire a selection of our glorious boats!

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Tempting Daily Offers
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.

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Our Commitment to the Armed Forces

Canal Boat Holiday News from Anglo Welsh

So why choose Anglo Welsh?

Over 55 years providing unique canal boat holidays in England and Wales.
Modern and spacious narrowboat and wide beam barge hire – from 2 to 12 berths.
Wide choice of narrowboat hire locations and canal boat holiday destinations.
Canal boat holiday routes for novices & experienced boaters.
Flexible holiday booking, no hidden costs.
Family friendly and pet friendly holidays.
Great days out on the water.
Luxury canal boat hire and Thames boating holidays.

...but don't just take our word for it