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Set off from our Middlewich base on the Trent & Mersey Canal for an adventure along the canals of the North West of England. 

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Stay aboard and cruise in style with Floating Holidays.

We operate a fleet of 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 away the boat(s) are prepared with fresh linen, fully cleaned & sanitised in line with coronavirus safety guidelines, 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

Floating Holidays.

 

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Testimonials

What People are Saying

  • If you are a first timer on the canal then this is the ideal holiday for you. My wife... read more

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    ste michaels
    5/29/2019

    The boat was clean and the beds were really comfy. Thoroughly enjoyed our family of 4 trip over 7 days.... read more

    Tina Begley Avatar
    Tina Begley
    9/29/2019

    I had a wonderful stay on Paul's narrow boat. It's a perfect, leisurely and relaxing way to spend a holiday... read more

    Jason Avatar
    Jason
    9/20/2017
  • 5 star ratingWe are thinking of buying a narrowboat. We know what it is like when the weather is good and wanted... read more

    C8750ALmi... Avatar
    C8750ALmi...
    2/23/2020

    5 star ratingGerat tuition with a personal touch. Though at 69 feet not a short boat, it was easy to handle, a... read more

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    Andreas R
    7/11/2019

    Very nice People. No Problems. Wonderful holidays. Greetings from Austria. We will come again. Thomas

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    Thomas Schwed
    11/13/2019
  • Absolutely beautiful stretch of canal from Poynton to Whalley Bridge. Would definitely do it again. Although I was with a... read more

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    Jill Jenkins
    9/26/2019

    5 star ratingWonderful weekend had on Gemini. Paul was fab and gave full instructions and demonstration for handling the boat. Luckily we... read more

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    Danielle2...
    2/18/2019

    positive review We have just come home from a lovely canal boat holiday booked with Floating Holidays. Paul couldn’t have been... read more

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    Sue Hay
    5/04/2019
  • 5 star ratingHad lovely experience boat lovely bed sooo comfortable Paul was a great host, narrowboat dog friendly ,had no issues but... read more

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    kdew336
    8/23/2019

    Lovely boat, just the right size and with everything you need! We went in January but was warm and... read more

    Ingrid Ashton Avatar
    Ingrid Ashton
    2/02/2018

    Paul excellent on the getting started , best sleep in the beds they are so comfy ,no noise but the... read more

    Sam Gordon Avatar
    Sam Gordon
    8/29/2019
  • Paul’s narrow boat did everything it was supposed to do despite us being complete novices! Had a wonderful time chugging... read more

    Peter Avatar
    Peter
    9/07/2018

    Boat was clean and well equipped ready for use, easy to use and we had a really relaxed week sailing... read more

    Patrick Casken Avatar
    Patrick Casken
    9/29/2019

    5 star ratingWe booked this boat at very short notice due to cancellation of our booked holiday and we had a lovely... read more

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    SiouxT57
    8/27/2019
  • Boat was clean and well equipped ready for use, easy to use and we had a really relaxed week sailing... read more

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    Patrick Casken
    11/13/2019

    5 star ratingThis trip surpassed our expectations. It was the small touches that made it extra nice, the dog biscuits and dog... read more

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    HayleyHor...
    8/12/2018

    Had a fantastic week aboard Columbina which was perfect for our family of 5. We cruised down the Shropshire Union... read more

    Jo Elliott
    6/05/2021
  • Very nice People. No Problems. Wonderful holidays. Greetings from Austria. We will come again. Thomas

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    Thomas Schwed
    6/29/2019

    5 star ratingThis was our first experience of a narrow boat and so we only had a vague idea of what to... read more

    ianrC2760... Avatar
    ianrC2760...
    7/08/2019

    A great boat for our two families, lots of fun for all -swing bridges, narrow turns and lovely country pubs.... read more

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    Rachel
    1/02/2020
  • I’ve used the floating holidays for the last couple of years & had a fantastic time every time . Boats... read more

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    danny booth
    11/13/2019

    5 star ratingThis was a hoot. My wife and I rented one of the Narrow Boats. It was 40' long and just... read more

    Fred Q Avatar
    Fred Q
    5/25/2019

    Great weekend. A lot easier than you'd imagine. Beautiful scenery.. everyone is friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.

    Joseph Grundy Avatar
    Joseph Grundy
    5/29/2019
  • Very large spacious boat, had everything u need for a holiday. Extremely comfortable. Staff very friendly and helpful with whatever... read more

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    Lorraine Smith
    5/28/2021

    5 star ratingWe hired the Lady Sophia for a week because we are thinking of buying a narrowboat and wanted to see... read more

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    C8750ALmi...
    2/22/2020

    5 star ratingPicked up the narrow boat at Poynton and motored through to Whaley Bridge on our 5 day rental. Bed was... read more

    Pat G Avatar
    Pat G
    7/07/2019
  • I spent the weekend on the boat for my mates stag do. We had Paul driving the boat for us... read more

    Matthew Smith Avatar
    Matthew Smith
    11/13/2019

    We had a lovely time on the boat and was pleased to say that we managed to do a couple... read more

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    Adri
    10/25/2017

    The boat was as advertised and Paul was a great host. We had a great time with lovely weather and... read more

    Lucy Avatar
    Lucy
    6/24/2019
  • Booking the boat was made straightforward and easy, the boat itself was really nice and Paul was laid back and... read more

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    Gemma
    9/09/2019

    I’ve used the floating holidays for the last couple of years & had a fantastic time every time . Boats... read more

    danny booth Avatar
    danny booth
    9/29/2019

    5 star ratingManagement brilliant. Nine adults had a great weekend on the canal as first time explorers. Boat clean and superb. Would... read more

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    JohnF2574
    5/12/2019
  • The boat was clean and the beds were really comfy. Thoroughly enjoyed our family of 4 trip over 7 days.... read more

    Tina Begley Avatar
    Tina Begley
    11/13/2019

    We spent 4 days on one of Floating Holidays' boats in end May 2019. I recommend them very highly: they... read more

    Hugh Everett Avatar
    Hugh Everett
    11/13/2019

    Enjoyed our break away last year so much we have re-booked - can’t wait.

    Cathy Smith Avatar
    Cathy Smith
    5/09/2018
  • Had a great time on our first boating holiday, the boat (Casanova) was lovely, well equipped and clean and perfect... read more

    Steven Davis Avatar
    Steven Davis
    6/11/2021

    We had Our Time for a week in July 2021...boat was clean, in good condition and well equipped. Access for... read more

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    Rannoch Yule
    7/24/2021

    FANTASTIC Experience enjoyed every minute of it.thanks to the crew at floating holidays middlewich for making this possible definitely booking... read more

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    Sean Proudfoot
    7/25/2021
  • We decided to rent Paul’s floating home for the Easter weekend and we were not disappointed. As both of us... read more

    Peter Avatar
    Peter
    4/02/2018

    Paul excellent on the getting started , best sleep in the beds they are so comfy ,no noise but the... read more

    Sam Gordon Avatar
    Sam Gordon
    11/13/2019

    We spent 4 days on one of Floating Holidays' boats in end May 2019. I recommend them very highly: they... read more

    Hugh Everett Avatar
    Hugh Everett
    6/06/2019
  • positive review This is our 2nd holiday with them. 2017 on Gemini III their 4 berth. 2018 on Rakiraki the 10 Berth.... read more

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    Alison Darby
    8/21/2018

    This was a most enjoyable time aboard the Gemini III, made possible by Paul's efficient and personal handling of our... read more

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    Sandy
    5/02/2018

    We had a fabulous holiday on Casanova, doing the four counties ring. The team of Floating Holidays were really helpful,... read more

    Christopher Brookes
    9/07/2020

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

Our Team

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!

Paul

Skipper 

Sam

The Admiral

loki

The Hound 

Seamus

(gone for long walkies) 

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