Cruising the canals and rivers of England, Scotland and Wales 

Britain has over 2000 miles of navigable waterways. Until the middle of the twentieth century they were trade routes, carrying goods around the country. When roads were poor or non existant they were the most efficient method of transport. However over the last 50 years they have become used almost entirely for leisure and holidays, presenting a relaxed way to see the hidden countryside of the real Britain, away from the motorways and frantic holiday 'hot-spots'.

The waterways vary in character from wide rivers to narrow manmade canals, connecting historic towns and villages but also crossing some of our most beautiful countryside. 

Over 200 years they developed a culture and history of their own, unusually much of this has not been destroyed by 'progress'. Cruising these canals and rivers on a skippered hotelboat can carry you back to a place and way of life that was almost lost. 

How to find the 2022 hotelboat cruise you want

We will add more 2022 cruises as we get the information from the Hotelboats.

To make it easier to find the cruise you want we have split the waterways into 4 geographical areas. Pick your prefered area or waterway and see which hotelboats are there.


  • Aire and Calder
  • Ashton Canal
  • Huddersfield Narrow Canal
  • Leeds & Liverpool Canal
  • Macclesfield Canal
  • Peak Forest Canal
  • River Trent
  • Rochdale Canal
  • Sheffield & S. Yorkshire Navs.


  • Bridgewater Canal
  • Caldon Canal
  • Erewash Canal
  • Llangollen Canal
  • Montgomery Canal
  • Manchester Ship Canal
  • River Weaver
  • Shropshire Union Canal
  • Staffs & Worcs Canal
  • Trent & Mersey Canal


  • Ashby Canal
  • Birmingham & Fazely
  • Birmingham Canals
  • Coventry Canal
  • Droitwich Canal
  • Gloucester & Sharpness
  • G.U. Leicester section
  • River Avon
  • River Severn
  • Stratford upon Avon Canal
  • Worcester & Birmingham


  • Basingstoke Canal
  • Grand Union Canal
  • Kennet & Avon
  • Oxford Canal
  • Rivers Lee & Stort
  • River Nene
  • River Thames