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Cruising the canals and rivers of England, Scotland and Wales

We have over 300 top canal cruises & the best river cruises in the UK to choose from, exploring more than 40 canals & rivers across the country.
Britain has over 2000 miles of navigable waterways. Until the middle of the twentieth century, there were trade routes carrying goods around the country. When roads were poor or non-existent, 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 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.

Top canal cruises & the best river cruises in the UK for 2025!

Embarking on a canal or river cruise in England and Scotland is an experience like no other. Imagine cruising along picturesque waterways, surrounded by stunning landscapes and historic landmarks. Whether you choose to explore the tranquil rivers of England or the majestic lochs of Scotland, there is something for everyone on these river cruises. From the comfort of your floating hotel, you can witness the charm and beauty of quaint English villages or delve into the rich history of Scottish castles. These cruises offer a unique perspective, allowing you to truly immerse yourself in the culture and natural beauty of these incredible destinations.

How to find the hotel boat cruise you want

We have over 300 different hotel boat canal and river cruises UK to choose from, exploring more than 40 canals and rivers across the UK. To make it easier to find the cruise you want, we have split the waterways into 4 geographical areas. Pick your preferred area or waterway and see which hotel boats 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