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Ely Narrowboat Base


Begin your relaxing narrowboat holiday from our hire base in Ely, in the picturesque heart of the Fenland waterways, overlooked by its magnificent cathedral. Our fleet of Duchess 2 and Duchess 4 narrow boats offer boating rental holidays for parties of 2 to 5 people and a selection of routes that will see you cruising through cities, towns and villages along the beautiful waterways on your holiday afloat, making Ely the ideal hire base to begin exploring Cambridgeshire.

Routes from
Ely Base


Bridge Boatyard, Bridge Road,
Ely, Cambs. CB7 4DY


Cambridge and return canal boat holiday

36 Miles
4 Locks
3 Night Cruise
4 hours per day

Ely to St Ives and return, canal boat holiday

44 Miles
6 Locks
3 Night Cruise
4 hours per day

Ely to St Neots and return, canal boat holiday

74 Miles
18 Locks
3 Night Cruise
8 hours per day

Ely to Bedford and return, one week canal boat holiday

102 Miles
32 Locks
1 Week Cruise
5 hours per day

Ely, Cambridge to Huntingdon and return canal boat holiday

54 Miles
10 Locks
1 Week Cruise
4 hours per day

Cambridge and Bedford and Return Canal Boat Holiday

186 Miles
40 Locks
2 Week Cruise
4.5 hours per day


Below are the boat types that are available to hire from this base. When you start your Fenland waterways holiday search all the boat options and dates that closely match your desired departure date and party number will be presented to you.

Sat 2.30pm – Tues 9.30am | Tues 2.30pm – Sat 9.30am

Princess 4

Fri 2.30pm – Mon 9.30am | Mon 2.30pm – Fri 9.30am

Princess 2 Signature | Duchess 4


The Lamb Hotel. 2 Lynn Road, Ely, Cambs. CB7 4EJ
Double Room from £115 Single Room £70 per night including breakfast
The Lamb Hotel  Tel: 01353 663574

The Riverside Inn. 8 Annesdale, Ely, Cambs. CB7 4BN
£90-£140 per room per night inc. breakfast Tel: 01353 661677

The Nyton. 7 Barton Road, Ely, Cambs. CB7 4HZ Tel: 01353 662459

Travelodge. A10/A142 Roundabout,Witchford Road, Ely, Cambs. CB6 3NN
From £19 per night Tel: 0871 9846028

Ely Tourist Information Centre, Oliver Cromwell House, 29 St Marys
Street, Ely, Cambs. CB7 4HF Tel: 01353 662062

National Rail Enquiries: Tel: 08457 484950 Tel: 0871 244 1545
Nearest Airport: Stanstead Tel. 0844 335 1803

Nearest Railway Station: Ely

A10 Taxis Tel: 01353 661010
Fencabs Tel: 01353 669966
Alans Taxis Tel: 01353 665050

Approximate prices: (Prices courtesy of A10 Taxis – subject to change)
Stanstead Airport to Bridge Boatyard £95

There are a number of good shops in Ely (inc. Sainsbury’s and Waitrose) and a Tesco supermarket close to the boatyard

From Heathrow airport, get the London underground tube to London Kings Cross station.

From Gatwick airport, get the Gatwick Express to London Victoria station, then get a London underground tube to London Kings Cross station.

From Stansted airport, get the London underground tube to London Kings Cross station.

From London Kings Cross station, get a First Capital Connect train to Ely

From Birmingham International airport, get train to Birmingham New Street station and then train to Ely.

Visit to plan your route on the London Underground.

From the South: M11 Exit at junction 14 then merge ontoA14. Exit at Junction 33 take first exit at roundabout marked A10. Followsigns to Ely for 12 miles. On outskirts of Ely take 3rd exit at roundabout marked Ely Rail Station. Follow sighns to Ely Rail Station (onA142 to Newmarket). Bridge Boatyard is situated on the sliproad for level crossing for high sided vehicles adjacent to Ely Rail Station.

From the North: M6 at Corley Service Area branch left and take A14 signposted Felixstowe. Exit at Junction 33 and follow directions as above.


Keith FiddyKeith Fiddy
18:54 26 Sep 22
Carol EverettCarol Everett
20:01 16 Jun 22
Great holiday very relaxing.
John GilbertJohn Gilbert
07:11 03 Jul 21
Great service and great boats. A lovely time was had by all.


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