Our Boats

Hire Directly from the people who care - the family run hire firms! Our Boats brings together 21 family run English & Welsh canal hire firms. Quality service from family firms - because these really are Our Boats.

You deal directly with us, no big holiday chains and booking agents here, just independent family firms! We personally make sure Our Boats canal holidays offer great value enjoyable breaks for families, friends & pets!

Please choose your area

Northern England

On a Canal Boat Cruises holiday on the Leeds & Liverpool canal there's no rush! Luxury 6 & 8 berth boats based at Riley Green in the idyllic Lancashire country side.

Yorkshire Narrowboats on a lovely spot at Sprotbrough Lock on the Sheffield & South Yorkshire Navigation. Our luxury narrowboats are beautifully crafted, giving our guests the best hiring experience.

Shire Cruisers give you the chance to explore the spectacular scenery of Pennine Yorkshire's uncrowded waterways. Their boats are quality graded by VisitBritain. Helpful staff give a specially thorough handover.

Marine Cruises offer well equipped 4 star 2 to 10 berth boats at 3 ideally located bases on the Scottish Lowland canals, on the Trent & Mersey Canal and the Llangollen Canal.

Family run Silsden Boats, situated in traditional Yorkshire village on picturesque Leeds Liverpool canal. 22 boats, 2 to 9 berth, 5 widebeam, all under 5yrs old. All Inclusive, No Extras.

Snaygill Boats are based in Skipton on the peaceful and beautiful Leeds & Liverpool canal, crossing the Pennine Hills and Yorkshire Dales. Full details in their online brochure.

"Boatique" holidays by bearBOATING on the Leeds Liverpool Canal. Cruise the spectacular Yorkshire Dales in one of our luxurious 57' long narrowboats.

Midlands & Wales

Kate Boats, a family run business, with quality narrowboats from two bases on the Grand Union Canal, ideally situated on the Warwickshire ring. Beginners welcome, full instruction given.

Rose Narrowboats are a family firm with a fleet of 23 luxury narrowboats for weekly or shortbreak rental in the heart of the Midlands canal system. On-line brochure here now.

Cambrian Cruisers, highest graded quality assured narrowboats on lovely Monmouthshire & Brecon canal in stunning Brecon Beacons National Park. Weekly hire/ short breaks for up to 6 people. Novices welcome.

Beacon Park Boats Unrivalled luxury, ultimate relaxation. Unwind on the Mon & Brecon Canal however you choose, for as long as you like, aboard our 5* canalboats, in the splendour of the Brecon Beacons.

Norbury Wharf. Independently managed, privately owned luxury narrowboats on the beautiful Shropshire Union Canal. Enjoy the country pubs, the freedom and heritage of the canals. Short long term hire available.

Starline Narrowboats are a small, friendly, family-run company based at Stourport on Severn, allowing you to cruise the majestic River Severn, Shakespeare's River Avon or the stunningly beautiful Staffs & Worcester Canal.

Chas Hardern Boats, family run for over 30yrs offering a fleet of excellent value, well equipped 2 to 6 berth boats for all year cruising. Ideal for Shropshire Union, Llangollen & adjoining canals.

Southern & Eastern

College Cruisers are a long established hire fleet based right in the centre of the historic City of Oxford. Routes include the peaceful Oxford Canal and the beautiful River Thames.

Oxfordshire Narrowboats. Superb new boats from our bases on the outstandingly tranquil South Oxford Canal, and Bath on the famous K&A. Short Breaks, family holidays, larger group Big Boats our speciality.

White Horse Boats. Immerse yourself in the breathtakingly beautiful Vale of Pewsey & Kennet Valley. Discover Wiltshire's famous White Horses & Crop Circles... or just sit back and let the scenery unfold.

Fox Narrowboats run 4 and 5 star boats in the Cambridgeshire fens. Visit Ely, Cambridge or Peterborough. The Fox family have operated a hire fleet for over 35 years.

Foxhangers Canal Holidays on Kennet & Avon Canal below famous Caen Hill Locks, 15 new tourist board inspected narrowboats. Comfortable cruising to Roman Bath & Bristol, fully independent family run firm

The Wyvern Shipping Co. have 2 to 8 berth luxury narrow boats on the Grand Union Canal. Weekend and short breaks a speciality. Transport arranged from all London airports.

Nene Valley Boats Small family run business near Oundle, Northants offering 2-6 berth traditional narrowboats for hire on the River Nene. Explore the river from Northampton to Peterborough, the Fens & the River Great Ouse.