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Anglo Welsh has over 55 years experience and a reputation for providing high quality, exceptional value narrowboat holidays.  We look forward to introducing you to thousands of miles of beautiful rivers and canals in England and Wales.

We offer a choice of 160 narrowboats from 11 canal boat hire bases across England and Wales. We also offer wide beam boats for hire from Silsden.

Canal barge hire from Anglo Welsh gives you all you need in terms of choice, training, availability and value for money. We’ll 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. Whether you’re experienced or a complete beginner, our British Marine qualified staff will take you through everything you need to know to operate a narrowboat. From getting to know the facilities on board your barge, to learning to steer the boat and navigate the locks, our handover will get you in ship shape for your canal barge holiday.

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Once your handover is complete, you can set off on your very own narrowboat holiday adventure.  You can travel 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 narrowboat, departure point and journey for you.

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 narrowboat holidays would work best for you.

All our narrowboats and wide beam 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 narrowboat holiday. Ranging in size from 32ft to 70ft, our canal boats provide accommodation for between two and 12 people. On board you’ll find all the comforts of home to make your floating holiday home a cosy and comfortable place to be. Our 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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We offer a range of different types of holidays such as City Breaks, Relaxation Cruises and Popular Destinations

City Breaks
Rural retreats
Popular places

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.

Anglo Welsh. So much more than narrowboats

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