Self-Drive Booking now available for 2023

Our 32-foot (11m) narrowboat is also available for day hire. This is the perfect way for a family, group of friends or a corporate team to have their own private boat for the day and soak up everything that this picturesque World Heritage Site has to offer.

Call our friendly team on 01978 860702 or book online!

About self-drive day hire

You steer the Day Hire Boats yourself. They are easy to steer and we give full tuition when you collect the boat. No licence is required. Bouyancy aids can be provided if required.  We can also provide takeaway food for you consume on the boat. See more information below.

The boat accommodates a maximum of 10 passengers and is comfortably fitted out with heating, hot and cold running water and a flushing toilet. There are gas rings for cooking as well as crockery and utensils, allowing you to enjoy anything from a few snacks to a hearty lunch whilst drifting along the peaceful Llangollen Canal.

Availability and Times


Hiring the boat between 9:30am and 5.00pm gives plenty of time for a leisurely cruise along this beautiful waterway and an unforgettable passage across the famous aqueduct at Pontcysyllte. Your turn-around point is the lift bridge after the aqueduct – a round trip of about 10 miles

Note:- Day Hire boats are now available to book on line subject to compliance with government restrictions or ring 01978 860702

The boats will be thoroughly cleaned before each hire and all staff will observe social distancing rules and use hand sanitiser and face coverings to ensure the safety of our customers

A truly memorable experience!

See this majestic site from your very own narrowboat.

Make the most of your day!

We’ve put together a folder detailing all of the pubs and restaurants along the way, together with their telephone numbers and menus should you wish to book ahead.  We can supply takeaway food for you to consume on the boat. Details under More Information below (Food must be ordered 48 hours in advance)


Weekends and bank holidays: £200 per day

Weekdays (excluding bank holidays): £150 per day

A £70 refundable cash deposit is required on the day


All of our day boat hires are private charters. However, if you’d rather have a professional on board, you can hire a skipper to steer the boat for you by prior arrangement. This costs just £80 for the day and allows you to sit back and relax throughout the journey.

Wine and Dine

We provide everything you need for a relaxing day on calm waters.