Welcome to Anglo Welsh canal boat holidays

 Welcome to the world of canal boat holidays with one of the largest canal boat rental companies in the UK – Anglo Welsh Waterway Holidays. With nearly 50 years experience and a reputation for providing high quality, exceptional value canal boat holidays, we look forward to introducing you to thousands of miles of beautiful rivers and canals in England and Wales. 

So climb aboard your luxury Anglo Welsh narrow boat and head off into the sunset for a holiday to remember. Offering a choice of more than 160 narrow boats from eleven narrow 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 gives you all you need in terms of choice, training, availability and value for money. We will help you choose the canal or river route to suit you, and we’ll provide you with all the tuition you need to learn the ropes of canal boat rental.

Whether you’re an experienced canal boater or a complete novice, 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 canal boat, to learning to navigate through locks and all the canal boat handling etiquette you need to be comfortable on the canals, our handover will get you in ship shape for your canal boat holiday. Once your handover is complete, you can set off on your very own narrow boat holiday adventure, travelling at your own pace, watching out for wildlife and stopping off to enjoy canalside pubs and exploring villages, towns and cities along your route.

Hundreds 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 for you, including Thames boating holidays. Whether you want to test the waters with a short break on a relaxing route suitable for beginners, or take a longer more challenging holiday afloat to embark on one of the many canal barge holiday circuits, our customer service team can help you decide which of our narrow boat holidays would work best for you.

All our canal boats are unique, so once you have selected your starting point, take a look at our range of flexible canal boat interiors to see what works best for your narrow boat holiday. Ranging in size from 32ft to 70ft, our narrow boats provide accommodation for between two and 12 people. On board your canal boat you’ll find all the comforts of home to make your floating holiday home a cosy and comfortable place to be. Our narrow boats 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.


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Why choose Anglo Welsh narrowboat holidays?

50 years providing unique holidays
Modern & spacious fleet – from 2 to 12 berths
Wide choice of locations and routes
For novices & experienced boaters
Flexible booking, no hidden costs
Family friendly, pets welcome


Celebrity Traveller 

Canal boat holiday fan Stan Cullimore

"As always with these guys, the staff who showed us over the boat were lovely, the boat itself was really comfy and within minutes we were off and cruising."
Stan Cullimore from 80's band "The Housemartins"


"Everything about the boat and the instruction was fantastic; and yes, women are better at driving narrowboats as well as cars!!! See you next year!"
Judith from Surrey

Ways to Book

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