Stay aboard and cruise in style with Floating Holidays.
We operate a fleet of 6 narrowboats, all of which come complete with everything you will need for your holiday to comfortably and safely enjoy a break exploring the canals of the North of England.
Before each guests break the boat(s) are prepared with fresh linen, a welcome pack of tea and coffee and a few essentials, and all guests receive a full handover and tuition on how to operate their boat and navigate the canals with ease, including locks, swing bridges and a full overview of all the boats systems.
Pets are welcome aboard with well behaved owners, and we ensure you are set to go with bottles of gas, tank of diesel, fresh water topped up and a full boat inspection prior to your arrival.
Many of our guests have loved staying aboard with us and you can see their reviews and testimonials on the site also.
Please do take a look around the website, we have tried to include as much information here as possible and should you have any questions then please do get in touch with us either on the live chat, the contact us page or by telephone.
We look forward to hopefully welcoming you aboard soon.
Paul and Sam
*Please note that we are relocating mid-spring 2020 to a larger site with better facilities for our customers in Middlewich, we therefore anticipate from June 1st our boats starting and returning to this new location. For more info click here. For information on Middlewich Wharf visit their site here.
What People are Saying
“Could not have found better for our purpose.” We are thinking of buying a narrowboat. We know what it is like when the weather is good and wanted... read moreC8750ALmi...2/23/2020
Lovely boat, just the right size and with everything you need! We went in January but was warm and... read moreIngrid Ashton2/02/2018
Booking the boat was made straightforward and easy, the boat itself was really nice and Paul was laid back and... read moreGemma9/09/2019
“Relaxing weekend.” We booked this boat at very short notice due to cancellation of our booked holiday and we had a lovely... read moreSiouxT578/27/2019
If you are a first timer on the canal then this is the ideal holiday for you. My wife... read moreste michaels5/29/2019
“Highly Recommended, the perfect canal boat company!!” This trip surpassed our expectations. It was the small touches that made it extra nice, the dog biscuits and dog... read moreHayleyHor...8/12/2018
“Tranquil break” Had lovely experience boat lovely bed sooo comfortable Paul was a great host, narrowboat dog friendly ,had no issues but... read morekdew3368/23/2019
“Really good fun” Neither of us had operated a large boat before. Paul was very helpful and made sure we were confident before... read moresimes3031/07/2019
“Lady Sophia” This was our first experience of a narrow boat and so we only had a vague idea of what to... read moreianrC2760...7/08/2019
We had a lovely time on the boat and was pleased to say that we managed to do a couple... read moreAdri10/25/2017
“Lovely boat in wonderful scenery” Gerat tuition with a personal touch. Though at 69 feet not a short boat, it was easy to handle, a... read moreAndreas R7/11/2019
Very nice People. No Problems. Wonderful holidays. Greetings from Austria. We will come again. ThomasThomas Schwed6/29/2019
I had a wonderful stay on Paul's narrow boat. It's a perfect, leisurely and relaxing way to spend a holiday... read moreJason9/20/2017
Absolutely beautiful stretch of canal from Poynton to Whalley Bridge. Would definitely do it again. Although I was with a... read moreJill Jenkins9/26/2019
“Cosy narrowboat” We had a weekend on the Gemini III on a cold January weekend but still had a wonderful time! The... read moreing-ping1/31/2018
We decided to rent Paul’s floating home for the Easter weekend and we were not disappointed. As both of us... read morePeter4/02/2018
“Gemini weekend.” Wonderful weekend had on Gemini. Paul was fab and gave full instructions and demonstration for handling the boat. Luckily we... read moreDanielle2...2/18/2019
We have just come home from a lovely canal boat holiday booked with Floating Holidays. Paul couldn’t have been... read moreSue Hay5/04/2019
The boat was clean and the beds were really comfy. Thoroughly enjoyed our family of 4 trip over 7 days.... read moreTina Begley9/29/2019
The boat was as advertised and Paul was a great host. We had a great time with lovely weather and... read moreLucy6/24/2019
“Brilliant weekend on Lady Sophia” We spent a weekend on Lady Sophia at the end of April 2019, for the wife’s birthday. Couldn’t be happier... read more115steven7/07/2019
“A very sucessful week on Lady Sophia” We hired the Lady Sophia for a week because we are thinking of buying a narrowboat and wanted to see... read moreC8750ALmi...2/22/2020
“Great experience” Picked up the narrow boat at Poynton and motored through to Whaley Bridge on our 5 day rental. Bed was... read morePat G7/07/2019
I’ve used the floating holidays for the last couple of years & had a fantastic time every time . Boats... read moredanny booth9/29/2019
Great weekend. A lot easier than you'd imagine. Beautiful scenery.. everyone is friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.Joseph Grundy5/29/2019
Having fab short break on Gemini III - lovely n interesting trip up to Bugsworth Basin.Vicki Jones4/10/2019
“Pet friendly, Good holiday” Paul was very helpful, although the Weather was not so good we will be prepared for rain next time! Boat... read moreMAI8637/09/2019
This is our 2nd holiday with them. 2017 on Gemini III their 4 berth. 2018 on Rakiraki the 10 Berth.... read moreAlison Darby8/21/2018
“Great pet friendly narrowboat hire, lovely week :-)” The owner Paul was an excellent host, answering any queries before the booking and was very flexible in his approach... read moreClaratayS...3/05/2018
I spent the weekend on the boat for my mates stag do. We had Paul driving the boat for us... read moreMatthew Smith8/29/2019
“We did this trip about 10 years ago 2009” This was a hoot. My wife and I rented one of the Narrow Boats. It was 40' long and just... read moreFred Q5/25/2019
This was a most enjoyable time aboard the Gemini III, made possible by Paul's efficient and personal handling of our... read moreSandy5/02/2018
Boat was clean and well equipped ready for use, easy to use and we had a really relaxed week sailing... read morePatrick Casken9/29/2019
We spent 4 days on one of Floating Holidays' boats in end May 2019. I recommend them very highly: they... read moreHugh Everett6/06/2019
A great boat for our two families, lots of fun for all -swing bridges, narrow turns and lovely country pubs.... read moreRachel1/02/2020
Paul excellent on the getting started , best sleep in the beds they are so comfy ,no noise but the... read moreSam Gordon8/29/2019
“Cosy relaxing short break on Gemini III” Had a great short break on Gemini III (Mon-Fri). Paul was friendly and handover was quick and efficient. We cruised... read morefiona b3/13/2019
Enjoyed our break away last year so much we have re-booked - can’t wait.Cathy Smith5/09/2018
Paul’s narrow boat did everything it was supposed to do despite us being complete novices! Had a wonderful time chugging... read morePeter9/07/2018
“Brilliant Weekend by John Ford” Management brilliant. Nine adults had a great weekend on the canal as first time explorers. Boat clean and superb. Would... read moreJohnF25745/12/2019
How to handle a boat
We give all customers a full handover when they arrive, the short video below from The Canal and River Trust shows the basics of boat handling and is well worth a watch prior to your arrival. You can also download the boaters handbook below
We love welcoming guests on board our narrowboats. Below you can see who we are so you know who to speak with when you arrive!