Canal boat hireBuilding and renting canal barges for over 30 years

If you’re considering a boating holiday then you’re in the right place for hiring a canal barge! Nicols has designed and built 27 different models of boat, divided into four different ranges. The only thing they all have in common is that no previous boating experience or licence is needed.

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No experience neededfor our self-drive boating holidays


Don’t worry if you’ve never hired a canal boat before. All of our boats are easy to drive and require no previous boating experience or licence. On the day of departure our helpful base staff will provide instructions on how to use the boat including manoeuvres. In no time you’ll be confirmed as the captain!

A useful resource to find out everything you need to know about boating holidays is our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’ section. We have a number of videos that will also help you with choosing your boat or finding out more about the destinations on offer. If you still have any questions then you can contact our helpful reservations team who can help with ideas and the planning of your boating holiday.

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