Boating Holidays on the canals and inland waterways of the UK

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Drifters prices are always competitive.
If you see the same holiday elsewhere at a lower price, Drifters will match it.

narrowboat and canal boat holidays


Heritage Scenery. History. The fastest way of slowing down.

Boatyard Open Day 19th April 2015

Drifters Open day

Drifters Hire bases are holding an open day across the country and you are very welcome to come along to any of the sites listed below to find out more about canal boat and narrowboat holidays.

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View National and regional maps for full details of areas, routes & holidays. Details of where to go.

View a slide show of some of the outstanding canal scenes and attractions across the UK.

Take a look around the insides of some of our award winning canal boats and narrowboats.


Great Canal Journeys returns to our screens

On Sunday 15 March at 8pm, the second series of ‘Great Canal Journeys’ begins on Channel 4, starring self-confessed ‘canal nuts’ Timothy West and Prunella Scales.

Last year, to mark their golden wedding anniversary, they let the world in on their secret and were filmed travelling along four different canals for the first series of ‘Great Canal Journeys’.
It proved to be an entirely charming insight into their hobby, but also their longstanding love affair and thankfully they have returned for more!

Read more about Tim & Pru.......


Welcome to Drifters

If you've never thought of a canal boat holiday (or even if you have, but never got round to taking one), there couldn't be a better time to try it. Now managed by a charity, The Canal & River Trust, the inland waterways are in the best shape they've been for many years.
With over two thousand miles of fabulous navigable waterways to choose from (and each one different), there will be a holiday to suit you.

The canals and rivers run through many miles of beautiful unspoilt countryside, as well as passing pretty villages and finding their way into the regenerated heart of many cities. The fact that you take your holiday home with you as you travel, and that you can stop more or less where you wish, means you can tailor your holiday adventure to suit your tastes. The countryside looks so different from the wonderful viewpoint of the water that there is a potential adventure round each bend - you will discover so much more about our wildlife and countryside as you drift along, leaving everyday cares behind.

The world of the waterways is a place of its own, in some ways it is a way to slip back in time, but with a modern boat. The waterways may seem strange if you're thinking of trying them for the first time, but you've come to the right place to have the mystery removed.
With over 500 boats to choose from, sailing from nearly 40 boatyards spread round the countryside of England, Wales and Scotland, we can offer you a one stop shop from just finding out about canal holidays to on-line booking.
With decades of experience, Drifters is the name to go with on the waterways. We aim to specifically assist those new to canal holidays, and we will delight you with the best quality holiday experience.

narrowboat and canal boat holidays

If you've been boating in the past, and aren't sure whether it would be fun to try again, then it is time to look at the boats we offer - they're right up to date and very easy to use. The waterways too have changed for the better - the towpaths are easier to walk, the channel is in better condition and new canals have opened up. There are also lots of exciting new developments and attractions accessible from the waterways.

We've got a great range of modern boats that we're very proud of. Drifters members are the biggest investors in new boats on the inland waterways. And there is an ever-increasing range of places you can cruise on our boats as we open up new bases.


Boating holidays on the UK canals.

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