UK Breaks

If you’re looking for a different type of UK break, then treat yourself to a holiday where you wake to a stunning new view every morning.  The canals and rivers in the UK offer a variety of leisure boating options that suit novices and experts alike and you can choose from a variety of options such as UK weekend breaks or longer summer holidays!

wildlife on the UK canal

Black Prince Narrowboat Holidays offers holiday deals on waterway cruising from nine canal boat bases across the UK, including England, Wales and Scotland.  Each location has a unique mix of stunning countryside plus town or city cruising.  You can find out more about the types of UK holidays on offer on each of the routes or locations pages.

Whether you are an experienced boater or a complete novice, Black Prince Narrowboat Holidays will help you get underway on your UK canal boat adventure.  It’s a great way to treat yourself, create some great memories on family breaks and discover the UK.  Don’t forget we also offer dog-friendly holidays – so the family pet can come too!


If you’re looking for a relaxing UK break then you may only want to travel for a few miles before mooring up to enjoy the sights and sounds of a local town or countryside pub.  Alternatively, you may wish to make the most of your cruising day and travel some distance. It’s up to you!  These canal boat breaks are fully flexible.

You can choose from a short break to a longer holiday and the season usually runs from March through to October.  Short breaks start from three nights and you can enjoy a longer holiday of three weeks or more. If you would like to enjoy a longer trip in the UK, then speak to a member of our reservations team to arrange this for you.

We do offer last minute breaks and some holiday deals, however these will be subject to limited availability – peak times do tend to sell very early so we recommend early booking for popular bank holidays and summer holidays.  If you are free to travel throughout the year then there are holiday deals to be had on UK weekend and midweek breaks.  Simply search online or call our friendly reservations team.


We all need to get away every once in a while and with a canal boat break you can relax and unwind away from the stresses of everyday life in style.   With the quiet hum of the engine, the sound of the wildlife on the banks of the waterways and the wind in your hair, a short break on the UK waterways can offer a very relaxing getaway. It’s a perfect break for short family holidays and weekends away and a great way to treat yourself to an outdoor detox!

Each of our nine canal boat bases offer short breaks, starting from a variety of days (check each base page for full information), including weekend and midweek breaks.


Apparently, a staycation is the new vacation! If you’re looking for a new type of summer holiday or bank holiday then a canal boat holiday is a unique way of discovering the UK.  Cruising along the waterways at a steady pace allows you to witness the beautiful British countryside from a completely different perspective.

From the dramatic landscapes of the Scottish Highlands to the beautiful Welsh and English countryside, waking up to a new vista each morning forms a unique part of this type of holiday where you can discover the UK from the water.

We offer dog-friendly holidays too – perfect for family holidays in the UK, where you don’t have to worry about rehoming the family pet for your break.


Black Prince offer weekend and midweek breaks throughout the year, from March to the end of October.  Weekend breaks can start from a Friday or a Saturday until Monday or Tuesdays and are available over bank holidays and throughout the summer holidays.  If you need to be back at your base on a Sunday then we can accommodate you at most bases, please speak to a member of our reservations team before booking.   Read more about weekend breaks here.


A canal boat break in the UK is great for family time together.  If you are new to narrow boating then most families like to try a short break to see if this type of holiday suits them, before embarking on a longer family holiday. Don’t forget we are dog-friendly too! Read more about family canal boat breaks here.


We welcome overseas visitors from all over the world, including America, Canada, Australia and Europe.  In our view there is no better way to discover the UK than by the means of its fabulous waterways.

We’re proud to say that the UK is home to some of the world’s most beautiful historic cities and a canal boat holiday can give you a chance to explore these unique destinations whilst cruising along the canals, with stunning nature serving as your backdrop.

If you’re travelling from outside of the UK, our expert team will help every step of the way – so you don’t need to worry about anything. There are several ways to reach your canal base (your starting point) including UK car hire or by train. If you have any questions at all, our team will be at hand to help and can recommend car hire companies or train lines for your transfer needs.

This type of holiday can be a short break for you, either a weekend or midweek break, perhaps tagged on to another holiday in the UK.  Some guests use their boat as a floating holiday home, where family and friends come to the boat during the holiday to meet up and enjoy some family and friends time.
Read more about canal boating for overseas guests here.


Booking your short break canal boat holiday in the UK couldn’t be easier, and you don’t have to have any previous experience in boating to get started either. At Black Prince Narrowboats, we’ve got a team ready to help you get to grips with boating basics and every travel group will receive a full induction on the day of their travel and there will be around-the-clock assistance available even when you’re out on the waters. So you really will be looked after every step of the way.

We’re proud to say that we are recommended by more than 97% of our previous and existing customers and we have British Marine Federation accredited personnel for hire boat inductions and all handover procedures – so you’re in safe hands with our expert team and we welcome groups or families of all sizes.

Your canal boat adventure starts here with Black Prince. Call us on +44 (0)1527 575115, email our team at to find out more or book directly and safely on line by using our Holiday Search link.