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Enjoy your Narrowboat Holiday with Crest Narrowboats, the Llangollen Canals Favourite Hire Company.

From our Chirk Narrowboat Base in North Wales on the Llangollen Canal, we are ideally situated between Chirk and Pontcysyllte Aqueducts for holidays on the English and Welsh Canals.

Being a Family Run Company with members having 50 years experience in the Canal hire boat industry, and 3 generations involved at the moment. We have traced back Dorothy's history to her great great Grandfather Joseph Allmark (1820-1886), who's employment was, in 1861 a Charcoal Boatman. Boating has been in our blood for over 150 years!

With our great staff, knowledge and location we are certain you will love your break with us. If you are new to Canal Boat holidays then you will be in good hands when you hire a canal boat from Crest Narrowboats, before you set off on holiday all are given fully comprehensive training and easy to understand instruction that is in accord with the British Marine Federation's Handover Procedure.

Why choose Crest Narrowboats?

We are proud to provide a unique way to explore Britain's beautiful countryside. Based on the Llangollen Canal in North Wales, our luxury canal boats are renowned for their elegant and contemporary design, built to the highest standards to deliver an enjoyable and comfortable experience for all. Enjoy a new kind of holiday that allows you to be the Captain of your own 'ship', wake up to a beautiful new view each morning among iconic landmarks, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, relax among friends and family. With Crest Narrowboats you can choose a narrowboat holiday to suit you with flexible dates from a three-night short canal break to a 3 week+ holiday. Because we are ideally situated on the Llangollen Canal, even with a short break you will fit in Pontcysyllte and Chirk Aqueducts, 2 tunnels, Llangollen (and Ellesmere, depending on hours cruising). All of our Narrowboats are fully heated so you can enjoy the waterways in early spring right through to late autumn. We offer a variety of narrowboats to hire that sleep from two up to eight people.

No previous canal boating experience is necessary with a Crest Narrowboat Holiday, full instruction will be given on your arrival at the Marina. Our British Marine Federation accredited teams will talk you through the canal boat, all you need to know about locks, tunnels and aqueducts plus provide info and tips on the best places to moor up and eat. We also have a 24-hour phone line with a free call-out service for emergencies – just remember what number bridge you went through last!

August 30, 2019

Discounts for 2020

Discounts We are currently offering a massive 20% off weekly breaks and 10% off short breaks in 2020, including School Holidays Our current discounts are now […]
June 21, 2019


Discounts Our current discounts are now live on our website! We are currently offering a massive 20% off ALL breaks in the summer holidays! Checking our […]
February 5, 2019

The Return of King Arthur

The Return of King Arthur Due to popular demand we have decided to bring Arthur (8-10 berth) back into the fleet for the 2019 season. As […]

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