These are UK-based canalboat operators and boat hire companies featuring self-drive canal & river boat holidays on British waterways.
Alvechurch Boats 0121 445 2909 One of the largest boat hire companies in the UK with over 100 boats available from locations in Cheshire, Shropshire, Worcestershire and Northamptonshire.
AngloWelsh 0117 304 1122 Long-established (40 years) narrowboat holiday company, and one of the UK’s largest, operating 150 boats from 11 bases.
Black Prince 01527 575115 Traditional narrowboat operator with five bases in the Midlands and Northern England, and a base at the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland. One thing they pride themselves in is the modernity of their fleet. They only operate boats for 3 years maximum. With 30 new boats being added this year (2004), over 75% of the fleet will be less than one year old.
Blakes 0870 2202 498 Long-established boating holiday company (now part of the Holiday Cottages Group) offering riverboats, sailing boats and narrowboats in Scotland, the Norfolk Broads, the Thames and on the canal network.
Boating Holidays 01756 701200 Modern cruisers and narrowboats in England, Scotland & Wales. 01603 783311 Brand owned & operated by long-established family-owned company, Moore & Co, based at Wroxham in the Norfolk Broads where they have a fleet of modern cruisers.
Caley Cruisers 01463 236328 Operator with 40 motor cruisers on Caledonian Canal (links Loch Lochy, Loch Oich, Loch Ness & Loch Dochfour).
Canal Holidays 01756 701199 Sells traditional narrowboat holidays from a number of boat operators offering over five hundred boats in fifty locations throughout the UK
Crown Blue Line 0870 240 8393 Holiday rental boats in the UK & Europe in partnership with Connoisseur.
Drifters 01905 721300 Drifters is a collective marketing & direct bookings agency for seven traditional narrowboat operators in the UK, including Black Prince, Viking & Alvechurch.
Fox Boats 01354 652770 Narrowboat holidays in Cambridgeshire.
Hoseasons 01502 502588 Pound sign Boating holidays on Scotland's Lochs, the Norfolk Broads, Cambridgeshire waterways, River Thames, and the canals of England & Wales.
Kate Boats 01926 492968 Narrowboat cruising holidays on the Grand Union Canal, from bases at Warwick and Stockton
Richardson's Boating Holidays 0844 770 521 A large fleet of modern boats on the Norfolk Broads.
Tillerman Boats 0800 389 8004 Narrowboat operator with boats on the Llangollen canal, Coventry Canal, and Grand Union Canal (Leicester Line). They claim to be the 'largest independent boat company in the UK' but we hadn't heard of them before (not that that proves anything! ed).
Viking Afloat 01905 610660 Large operator with bases on the Llangollen canal, Oxford Canal, Worcester/Birmingham canal, and the Staffs/Worcester canal.
Waterways 0845 127 1020 Online booking service offering 1600 narrowboats, cruisers and yachts from boat operators in over 50 locations across the UK.


  • * In July 03, British Waterways launched a UK waterways portal,, offering boating holidays and holiday cottages on the waterways, destination info, network info, news and events.

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