Britain's best canals and rivers
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
Kennet and Avon Canal
Listen to the sounds of the countryside as you wind your way out of London towards the Bristol Channel on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Will you spot the Loch Ness Monster? A firm favourite in Scottish folklore, Loch Ness is one of many stunning freshwater lochs in Scotland.
Trent & Mersey Canal
Learn about the history of pottery in England in the industrial age in Yorkshire. The Trent and Mersey Canal is lined with potteries to visit.
Canal boat holidays
Hire a floating holiday home for a great way to explore on the go. There are many options available for all levels of sailing experience.
Explore the River Thames
Choose a sightseeing tour boat to hear stories and uncover fascinating facts from the capital city’s most famous river.
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.
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.