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Canal boat hire in Yorkshire

VAT reduction? HMRC confirmed on 17 July that holiday hire boats are eligible for the reduction in VAT from 20% to 5%. We immediately reduced our prices - click for full explanation. Within four days we had refunded or reduced balances for everyone who had paid from 15 July, we think the first company to do so, and one of only few - most companies are (very sensibly) keeping the money.

Special offers

See our famous Delivery Trips - going fast. Also extra discounts on fortnights and longer holidays. more


We're good to go

Good to GoWe’ve worked very hard to devise a safe and practical way of reducing the risk of Coronavirus infection – both to you and our staff. We are doing extra cleaning, and will arrange social distancing for you on arrival, during the handover, and when you bring your boat back. We will still give you all the friendly personal service, and helpful handover, that we always have.


Who can go boating?

From 31 July, only one household is now allowed per holiday boat in a large part of Yorkshire and the North West. A household includes its support bubble. You will be free to roam around, and vist shops, pubs and restaurants. For two households, many people are hiring two boats.


Our coronavirus promise/ Peace of mind

We recognise that it’s hard for you to assess the risk of your holiday becoming impossible because of new restrictions, quarantine or Covid illness. So from the start we have offered everyone who can’t take their booked holiday, the choice between deferring to another date (this year or next year), or a refund.


Leeds & Liverpool base

Our boats were about to set off for Barnoldswick when lockdown stopped us in our tracks. Now we can re-open, the logistics of getting the boats there, and of looking after our customers there, are very difficult. So we took the sad decision not to send the boats out right now.
If we can, we may try to send a few boats over to Barnoldswick, to satisfy customers who so love it over there.
Watch this space, and let us know if you’re interested in a delivery trip. And of course we’ll be there next spring.


How to book

The quickest way to get afloat

Use this form to check availability. When you find the boat you want, click 'Book this holiday now' and you can pay your deposit or hold for 48 hours - or ring 01422 832712.

The counties are the names of the boats, not where they start from! Click the map for routes, and the boat for details.



Explore the Pennine canals

Yorkshire's secret waterways offer a new discovery round every corner. Amazing scenery, friendly people, welcoming pubs, good shopping, history all around you, walks up into the hills - there's so much to enjoy.

Our skilled instructors will make you confident to handle your boat.



Narrow boats to be seen on

There's something magic about a narrow boat - small outside and roomy inside. Craftsman built and carefully maintained, your narrow boat has everything you need - comfortable beds, quality equipment, well-planned accommodation. Each night you can moor in a new and different place.


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About us

The market leader in Yorkshire boating holidays

We cover the northern waterways more comprehensively than any other fleet.

Our skilled and dedicated team will do all we can to give you a wonderful holiday on some of the most attractive waterways in England.


01 Jan

New Year message

Happy New Year, all at Shire Cruisers. Only a note to say how much I enjoyed our trip on Cornwall (skipper David Smith) at end Sept. The service was excellent and no problems at all with the boat. I would recommend the experience.
Matthew Needham


White Rose Awards

White Rose Awards

We're Highly Commended!
Fantastic accolade for our staff.