Narrowboat Hire

Narrowboat Hire on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal

Gloucester Narrowboats offers self-drive canal boats for both day and holiday hire along the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal. With no experience or license necessary, you could be boating through the beautiful countryside at a time and pace that suits you. Families, parties, work and club outings are all welcome.

If the call of the waterside appeals to you but you do not have the time to spend a week or more on a narrowboat holiday, then fear not! You can experience the tranquil pleasures of canal cruising and enjoy what will probably be the most relaxing day with family, friends and colleagues you will ever have on one of our luxury day or holiday hire narrowboats.

Day Hire Narrowboats

Day hire boats can be booked for self drive canal trips for the whole day. You don’t need any boating experience or qualifications to take one out. They all have toilet and simple cooking facilities though many people take picnics or stop at the Stables Cafe (about 2 hours from Gloucester) or visit one of the many pubs along the canal (the Tudor Arms at Slimbridge is about 3 hours cruising from Gloucester and highly recommended). These boats are for day hire only and don’t offer sleeping accommodation. Our day hire canal boats have outside seating and room inside for passengers to sit in comfort if it rains! Our day hire narrowboats usually take between 6 and a maximum of 10 passengers.

Your boat is ready for collection at 9am and you’ll be given full instruction on the handling, features and safety of your craft. Your time on-board will allow you a full day to explore the surrounding canals and countryside and either stopping for a bite to eat or a pub lunch. Your boat should be returned at 5pm giving you 8 hours of enjoyment – probably the best value for a day out in Gloucestershire.

Holiday Boat

Our brand new 45 foot narrowboat Ratty is now available for weekend and midweek breaks  (Friday to Monday or Monday to Friday). You do not need any boating experience or qualifications to hire Ratty. It will offer comfortable cruising for a maximum of 4 people and  is ideal for one or two couples or a small family she comes fully equipped with a cooker, fridge, shower, central heating, a fixed double bed and two singles (with the option to make these into a second double). On one of these breaks you will have time to explore the entire length of the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal, giving you the option of spending a night or two in the heart of Gloucester, at one of the canal side pubs or indeed in the peace and quiet of the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside.

Ratty will be ready for collection at 3pm when you will be given full instruction on the use, handling,  and safety features of the boat. Once you and we are happy you will be free to enjoy probably one of the most relaxing short breaks you will ever have. The only pressure being to have the boat returned to Gloucester docks by the following Monday or Friday by 10am.