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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 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

Floating Holidays.

*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

  • 5 star rating“Cosy narrowboat” We had a weekend on the Gemini III on a cold January weekend but still had a wonderful time! The... read more

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    5 star rating“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 more

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    4 star rating“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 more

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    fiona b
  • 5 star rating“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 more

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    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

    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
  • 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

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

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    Cathy Smith

    5 star rating“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 more

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

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    4 star rating“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 more

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  • 5 star rating“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 more

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    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

    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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  • 5 star rating“Great experience” Picked up the narrow boat at Poynton and motored through to Whaley Bridge on our 5 day rental. Bed was... read more

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    Pat G

    5 star rating“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 more

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    Andreas R

    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
  • 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

    We decided to rent Paul’s floating home for the Easter weekend and we were not disappointed. As both of us... read more

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    5 star rating“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 more

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  • 5 star rating“Really good fun” Neither of us had operated a large boat before. Paul was very helpful and made sure we were confident before... read more

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    5 star rating“Lady Sophia” This was our first experience of a narrow boat and so we only had a vague idea of what to... read more

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    positive review Having fab short break on Gemini III - lovely n interesting trip up to Bugsworth Basin.

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

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    Hugh Everett

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

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    Sam Gordon

    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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  • I spent the weekend on the boat for my mates stag do. We had Paul driving the boat for us... read more

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    Matthew Smith

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

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    Tina Begley

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

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

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    Ingrid Ashton

    4 star rating“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 more

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

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  • 5 star rating“Tranquil break” Had 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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    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

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

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    Joseph Grundy
  • 5 star rating“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 more

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    5 star rating“Relaxing weekend.” We 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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    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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  • 5 star rating“Gemini weekend.” Wonderful 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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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!




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