Thames Boating Holidays

Welcome to the world of narrowboat 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, including the River Thames.

So climb aboard your luxury Anglo Welsh narrowboat and head off into the sunset for a Thames boating holiday to remember. Offering a choice of more than 160 narrowboats from ten canal boat hire bases across England and Wales, including on the River Thames near Oxford, you’re in the right place to book your Thames boating holiday with Anglo Welsh.

On a short break (three or four nights) from our canal boat hire base near Oxford, you can travel along the River Thames to Lechlade, Oxford or Wallingford. On week’s holiday, you can travel on to Henley, and with 10 days or two weeks to dedicate to your Thames boating holiday, you can reach London. Boat hire from Anglo Welsh gives you all you need in terms of choice, training, availability and value for money. We will provide you with all the tuition you need to learn the ropes of canal boat rental before you set off on your Thames boating holiday adventure.

Whether you’re an experienced canal boater or a complete novice, our British Marine 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 narrowboat handling etiquette you need to be comfortable on our rivers and canals, our handover will get you in ship shape for your Thames boating holiday. Once your handover is complete, you can set off on your very own narrowboat holiday adventure, travelling at your own pace, watching out for wildlife and stopping off to enjoy waterside pubs and exploring villages, towns and cities along your route.

Narrowboat on the Thames


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 your boating holiday. 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 canal 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 you. Ranging in size from 32ft to 70ft, our narrowboats 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 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.