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Best canal and riverside pubs

There are hundreds of lovely canal and riverside pubs to enjoy across Britain It’s great to be by the water in the summer time. And there are plenty of canal and riverside pubs with waterside gardens perfect for watching the world go by. To celebrate, we’ve listed our top 10 canal and riverside pubs for […]

Culture on the canals

Enjoy culture on the canals on your next narrowboat holiday. There are dozens of fantastic art and historic centres on or very close to Britain’s 3,000 mile canal and river network. We’ve put together a list of our top seven cultural destinations: 1. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford From Wootton Wawen on the Stratford […]

Pennine one-way trips

We offer one-way narrowboat holidays across the Pennines for experienced boaters Explore Yorkshire’s inland waterways and cross the Pennines on a one-way canal boat holiday adventure with Drifters. You’ll encounter some of the Wonders of the Waterways, including the Bingley Five Rise Locks at Bradford. And you’ll enjoy incredible views of the Pennines, Yorkshire Dales […]

Summer holiday boating

Take to the water for some summer holiday boating fun with Drifters Waterway Holidays and choose from over 550 boats and 45 locations. From lazing on the Llangollen to bobbing through Bath, Britain’s 3,000 mile canal and river network offers the fastest way to slow down. And there are plenty of exciting family attractions to […]

Why canal boat holidays are great for families

Experience a family adventure afloat making memories together With thousands of miles of inland waterways to explore on a boating holiday in England, Scotland and Wales, canal boat holidays are great for families. There are hundreds of exciting waterside destinations to choose from. So whether you are looking for a rural retreat or a city break […]

National Trust properties to visit

There are dozens of National Trust properties within easy reach of our canals and rivers, making them great places to visit on a canal boat holiday. Here’s a guide to our top 10 National Trust properties to visit, and our nearest bases: 1. The Rock Houses at Kinver Edge on the Staffs & Worcester Canal […]

Best canal boat holiday cruising rings

Canal boat holiday cruising rings offer journeys along several different waterways, taking in a huge variety of urban and rural landscapes. Some canal boat holiday rings are seriously challenging with steep flights of locks and long dark tunnels to negotiate. Here’s a guide to our top 9 canal boat holiday rings and circuits: 1. The […]

Top 9 canalside events to visit on a canal boat holiday

Britain’s canals and rivers host hundreds of exciting events each year, bringing people to the waterways and celebrating the things that make them special. Here’s our pick of the best canalside events to head to on a canal boat holiday in 2024: 1. Easter Boat Gathering, Friday 29 March to 1 April The annual Easter […]

Best canal boat holidays for beginners

With Britain’s inland waterways in better shape than ever and the health benefits of spending time by the water proven, narrowboat holidays are becoming increasingly popular. You don’t need a licence to steer a canal boat and all Drifters’ operators provide hirers with boat steering tuition as part of their canal boat holiday hire. Today’s […]

Canal boat holiday ‘bucket list’ guide

The ‘Seven Wonders of the Waterways’ was compiled by Robert Aickman, co-founder of the Inland Waterways Association, and published in his book ‘Know Your Waterways’ over 70 years ago. Here at Drifters, we’ve added the Falkirk Wheel in Scotland (which opened in 2002) to make the perfect Canal Boat Holiday ‘Bucket List’ guide for 2024: […]