Why squeeze a barging week into our busy UK vacation?  So you can take a few deep breaths, get off the tourist track and explore the REAL England & Wales and meet the real people! Don’t I need a canal licence & boating skills to drive a barge? No. Instruction is given and if you'd rather just relax it can all be done for you. I think we’d like a self-drive barge. Can they be easily rented? We give you the low-down on how to choose your ideal rental barge, and links to the best family run rental firms. Canal Vacations promotes the wonderful leisure opportunities on UK canals. We don't offer boats or vacations of our own! Our sister site Canal Junction has links to recommended Barge Hire Firms Aern’t UK canals just grubby rivers & ditches full of freight barges?  No!  UK canals & rivers meander through some of the UK's finest villages, cities, scenery & heritage, almost entirely for leisure. But how can we organise our UK canal vacation from 3000 miles away? Many canalboat firms now have websites with all the info you need. We liked the barging vacation so much we want our own boat! Here’s all the information you need about buying & maintaining a UK canal boat. We’d prefer a skippered all-inclusive barging cruise. Is that possible?  Certainly. We tell you what to expect and look for on your Hotelboat cruise. Links to the best owner run operators. Book Now via Canal Junction!