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

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

Maps of the UK canals and regions.

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Boating Holidays on UK canals and waterways

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Welcome to Drifters

If you've never been on a canal boat holiday, 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.

Click here to watch a video showing a canal boat holiday on the Kennet & Avon Canal

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 600 boats to choose from, sailing from nearly 47 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.

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New to the Canals?

If you've never been on a canal boat holiday before, now is a great time to take to the water as the canals have been enjoying a remarkable renaissance and we offer a great range of modern boats with all the comforts of home.
You don't need a licence and it's easy to learn how to drive a boat.  All our operators include tuition in their holiday packages.
We've got lots of advice for beginners, including the best routes, what to pack and how to prepare for a holiday afloat.


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UK canal boat holidays with Drifters Boating Holidays.

Canal boat and narrowboat boating holidays.

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 hire a canal boat for a day with Drifters UK Boating Holidays

Day hire boats. Self-drive boats for hire by the day.

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All your questions about boating holidays answered

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