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Explore Britain on your own canal boat holiday adventure

Welcome to Black Prince Narrowboat Holidays, your canal boat adventure starts here.   Enjoy a new kind of holiday that allows you to set your own itinerary, wake up to a stunning new view each morning, and relax among friends.  As the captain of your own luxury narrowboat, it’s an exhilarating break from everyday life that you’ll remember for years to come.


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Black Prince Holidays come recommended

We understand that choosing the right canal boat hire company is important for your narrowboat holiday. Our recent survey found that 96% of our previous guests rated their canal boat hire experience as good or excellent and we invite you to read our 5-star holiday reviews on TripAdvisor.



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New to narrow boating? Don’t worry, find all you need to know about this fantastic boat holiday here, no experience necessary!



Check out your luxury Black Prince accommodation without leaving your seat! Our virtual tours will show you every angle of our narrowboats


So Much Choice


Enjoy a three or four-night short break canal boat holiday with Black Prince from any of our nine canal bases across the UK.



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Love to holiday with your pooch? Now you can bring him along too! Find out more about canal boat pet-friendly holidays



Visit fantastic cities across the UK such as London, Oxford, Chester and Bath on your canal boat city break holiday



Thinking of buying a canal boat? Black Prince offer unmatched quality and great after-sales service.


Narrowboat hire from 9 locations

Your waterways adventure starts from a choice of nine beautiful holiday locations across the UK, from Oxford to Scotland, the Peak District to Wales, the Midlands to the South of England.  Each of these carefully chosen locations offer some of the best of linear and ring canal and river routes, where you can mix the peace of the countryside with the lively sights and sounds of historical cities.

Flexible canal boat holidays

With Black Prince you can choose a narrowboat holiday to suit you with flexible durations from a three-night short canal break to a six-week tour! Our fully heated narrowboats for hire mean that you can enjoy the waterways in early spring right through to late autumn.  You can also enjoy Christmas and New Year break canal boat holiday breaks from our base at Clifton in Warwickshire. We offer a variety of narrowboats to hire that sleep from two up to ten people.

Narrowboat Hire made easy

No previous canal boating experience is necessary with Black Prince Holidays, full instruction will be given on your arrival at the base.  Our British Marine Federation accredited teams with talk your through the canal boat hire operation, all you need to know about locks, plus provide maps and give you tips on the best places to moor up and eat.  Black Prince Holidays also have a 24 hour emergency phone line with a free call-out service – we are here to help you!  Find out more in our new to narrowboating section.

Why choose Black Prince Holidays?


  • British Marine Federation accredited personnel for Hire Boat Instruction & Handover Procedures
  • Modern and stylish narrow boats
  • Full central heating, 240v electric, flat screen colour tv with Freeview and DVD player.
  • FREE Wifi (subject to availabilty)
  • Choice of 9 canal boat hire bases across England, Scotland and Wales.
  • Choice of 2 to 10 berth narrowboats

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