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Kennet and Avon Canal Boat Hire

Begin your Adventure at Bradford On Avon Canal

Enjoy a Kennet & Avon canal boat holiday starting from the picturesque Wiltshire town of Bradford on Avon; a narrow boat hire base that offers canal cruises to suit all levels of experience. Heading westward during holidays on the Kennet will take you over aqueducts, through bridges and locks to the World Heritage City of Bath, a gentle day’s canal cruise from the base. For those more experienced with narrowboat holidays, a week will provide adequate time to cruise through Bath and onto Bristol, travelling through the countryside and market towns on a holiday afloat along the River Avon.

Routes from Bradford on Avon


Bradford Wharf, Frome Road,
Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 2EA


Bristol and Return

52 Miles
28 Locks
1 Week Cruise
26 hours

Bath and Devizes

44 Miles
16 Locks
Short Break cruise
36 hours

Hungerford and Return

72 Miles
120 Locks
1 Week Cruise
54 hours

Narrowboats available to hire from Bradford On Avon

Below are the boat types that are available to hire for boat holidays from this base near the city of Bath, from luxurious widebeam canal boats to berth boats. Our range of luxury canal boats allows you to enjoy the comforts of home from the water on a canal holiday, even if you’re only using our boat hire service.

When you start your narrow boating holiday search, all the boat options and dates that closely match your desired departure date and party number will be presented to you to help you start planning your perfect boating holiday.

Our narrowboat hire is suitable for all levels of experience, so if you have never been on narrowboat holidays before then don’t worry. You will be given a briefing and a boaters handbook and canal maps to consult, with a helpline available for all of our guests as well.

Boat Availability


Princess 2 Signature | Princess 4 | Princess 6 | Duchess 6

Bradford on Avon Reviews:

Laurence HenryLaurence Henry
21:21 08 Jul 20
Lovely looking boats clean and well presented
Chris HugheyChris Hughey
07:08 14 Apr 19
We did a long boat cruise from Bradford on Avon for 4 days. Excellent trip and service. Bath and back.
Ju Yop HamJu Yop Ham
14:40 19 Feb 19


The Barge Inn, 17 Frome Road, Bradford on Avon, BA15 2EA

Premier Inn, Jenson Avenue, Frome, BA11 2LD

Bradford on Avon Tourist Information Centre, 50 St Margarets Street, Bradford on Avon, Wilts. BA15 1DE

National Rail Enquiries: Tel: 08457 484950 Tel: 0871 244 1545

Nearest Airport:
Bristol Tel. 0871 334 4444

Nearest Railway Station: Bradford on Avon


Approximate prices: (Subject to change)
Bristol Airport to Bradford Wharf: £55
Heathrow Airport to Bradford Wharf: £120
Gatwick Airport to Bradford Wharf: £150

There is a Sainsburys supermarket 2 minutes drive/5 minutes walk from Bradford Wharf

From Heathrow airport take the Heathrow Express to London Paddington Train Station. Take the train to Bath about 90 mins. If you have lots of luggage we suggest you get a taxi direct from Bath to the Wharf.

Visit to plan your route on the London Underground.

We recommend a taxi direct from the airport to the Wharf.

We are about 0.25 mile walk from Bradford on Avon station (taxis are available). Trains from Bath take about 15 mins. There are direct trains from Bristol and London Paddington to Bath. A taxi journey from Bath to the Wharf is about 20 mins.

Bradford on Avon is near to Bath. The nearest motorway is M4 Junction 18. After leaving the motorway, take the A46 toward Bath, then the A4 toward Chippenham. After approx. 2 miles, turn right onto the A363 into Bradford on Avon town centre. At the town centre, take the B3109 toward Frome and follow for about half a mile until you cross the canal bridge on a sharp double bend. The boatyard is directly after this on the left.