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Linking towns and cities with remote corners of the British countryside, canals and rivers offer an exciting way to blend urban and rural areas. Float elegantly through the quaint countryside on a private canal boat or brace yourself for a high speed jaunt up the River Thames. 

The thousands of miles of waterways in Britain have plenty of stories to tell, from early accounts of agricultural trade to today’s high-end leisure experiences. Canals became an important part of life in the 1700s and are still enjoyed by sailors, walkers and cyclists today. Look to our waters for adrenaline fuelled adventure aboard a speedboat, or kayak, or if you’re looking for a bit of relaxation, cruise down the river for wildlife spotting.

Discover British canals and waterways

Explore the River Thames

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Sightseeing tours

Choose a sightseeing tour boat to hear stories and uncover fascinating facts from the capital city’s most famous river.

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Popular attractions

From the London Eye and Sealife London Aquarium to Tower Bridge and The Shard, there are plenty of popular attractions to visit along the River Thames.

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High speed boat ride

Thrill seekers will love a high speed boat ride to enjoy the river at full pace. Try the Thames Rockets Break the Barrier or Ultimate London Adventure for a speedy trip on the water.

People kayaking on river Thames going past Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament

Hire your own boat

For competent sailors, there are lots of opportunities to hire a private boat on the River Thames, from canoes and kayaks to luxury motor yachts.

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Nightlife and riverside dining

Enjoy a traditional British meal or try something a little different for dinner. There are countless places to enjoy a meal or a few evening drinks with a view of the Thames.

Britain’s waterway experiences

Toast to the captain as you float down the River Avon.

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Hop on Merseyside’s iconic ferry for a unique way to see the city.

Mersey Ferries

The Norfolk Broads are made to be explored by boat.

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A unique perspective of London with a twilight paddle down the River Thames.

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Get a rush of adrenaline aboard a speed boat in Glasgow.

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Head into the caverns and caves that shine a light on Dudley’s industrial past.

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Pick up your paddle and take to the waters for a sustainable way to tour Cardiff.

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