Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and relax on our beautiful English waterways, there is something to suit any holidaymaker - including lock free cruises for novices looking for a gentle introduction to boating, to ring routes for the more experienced boater!
The canals and rivers were once used as the motorways of the country for transporting goods. However, in the late 18th Century boating the canals started being advertised as a leisure activity, offering holidaymakers the opportunity of cruising through the English scenery and spectacular views, visiting villages and stopping in fields of orchards.
The English Canals are great for families looking for a UK break, with the opportunity to explore attractions such as Warwick Castle, Bath or Oxford city in the south & Alton Towers or Thorpe Park for the roller coaster enthusiast. Visit one of the Seven Wonders of the Waterways, such as the Caen Hill Flight in Wiltshire, the Anderton Boat Lift in Cheshire or the Standedge Tunnel in West Yorkshire.
Don't forget to take your family pet along with you! The majority of the boats we offer are pet friendly, and along the waterways there are plenty of walking opportunities and pet friendly pubs.
England offers an array of historic cities and plenty of modern shopping centres, why not take a holiday on a traditional canal boat to explore the city highlights! Cambridge and Oxford are both accessible by river, take a punt down the waterway or enjoy an evening soaking up the city vibes. Cruise into historic Bath for a romantic spa day or visit Birmingham and Cadbury's World for a family friendly day out.