Self drive narrowboats on the canals of England

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Misc-144So where can I go?

We have a range of cruising routes, have a look at what is available. When you arrive we are happy to advise on suggested routes


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Help – I’ve never done this before!

We will make sure you know what you need to know to enjoy your experience afloat 

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Which Boat?

All our boats are individual, giving you a choice of layouts with boats from 2 to 5 star and 2 to 8 berth. Have a look, photogalleries for each boat

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Can the dog come?

We reckon that if dogs could design their own holidays, this would be it!

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From our 2013 Hirers

A collection of photos sent to us by our 2013 customers, what a wonderful season it has been!

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Download a brochure, or we can send you one.

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Whether you’re looking for a family holiday with a difference or just want to unwind and take life at a more tranquil pace, each boat in our luxury narrowboat holiday fleet provides a level of comfort and convenience that is normally associated with privately owned narrowboats.

Don’t forget the boat is the holiday, you don’t need to allow for those expensive days out during the week! Our quoted prices INCLUDE diesel and damage waiver (and linen and car parking) – if you are comparing prices with other narrowboat holiday firms make sure you compare like for like!

Kate Boats are Tourist Board inspected and star ratings for each narrowboat are displayed on the relevant pages, and online availability and reservation is now also a feature, but please feel free to phone or email if you would like to discuss your canal holiday plans.

If you need any further information about canalboat holidays or hiring a narrowboat please feel free to request a brochure, or email, cheryl@kateboats.co.uk, or phone, 01926 492968. We can discuss suitability of boats, advise on availability and take your narrowboat hire booking over the phone.

We build bespoke narrow boats to order to meet customers own specifications, we also service and refit narrow boats as well as providing canal side services such as moorings, water, elsan disposal and pump out facilities. We sell diesel and Calor gas and our shop sells canal souvenirs, canal maps & guides for your canal holiday, books and chandlery.


For narrowboat holiday bookings telephone 01926 492 968 or email cheryl@kateboats.co.uk