Day Boat Hire

Special occasion or something you have always wanted to do? We have the boat for you

Birthday, Mothers Day, Fathers Day or even a Wednesday, any day can be a special day on board our fun, 35ft narrowboat, Barcarolle.

Barcarolle comfortably accommodates up to 8 people. It has a small kitchen with hob and oven for hot food and drinks as well as a fridge for cold drinks on hot days and a bathroom with toilet and washbasin. There is seating at the front as well as at the back.

Where can we go?

From Venetian Marina, we take you through Cholmondeston Lock and then you are away on your day trip. You travel about 45 minutes to the junction with the Shropshire Union Canal. You can choose to turn right towards Bunbury Locks or left towards Nantwich. It is about 2 1/2 hours to Nantwich where you can stop for lunch and visit the town or travel further on towards Hack Green. We provide a map, with timings so that you can make the most of your day.

Cheshire Dayboat Hire - Llangollen
Narrowboat Day Hire Cheshire

How do I drive the boat?

Steering the boat takes a little practice but does not take long to master. The boat steers via a tiller at the stern and has a simple gear/throttle lever. We will show you how to steer, turn and moor the boat and accompany you a short distance along the canal until you are happy with controlling the boat. If you don’t want to drive the boat yourself, for a small additional charge, we will happily drive the boat for the entire day for you. Please note that if we do skipper the boat for you then this does reduce the number of persons allowed in your party to 7 people.

What a great way to spend the day


  • All Day Hire weekdays 9 a.m to 5 p.m ( or dusk whichever is earlier) 
  • All Day Hire Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m to 5 p.m ( or dusk whichever is earlier) 
  • Bank Holidays and the Month of August prices vary, please refer to booking page for prices.
  • Skippered trips
  • Extended day price 9 a.m to 6 p.m ( dusk permitting)
  • Full payment is required at the time of booking.
  • Prices include all fuel and gas and secure parking for up to 3 cars

House Rules

  • The maximum number of persons permitted aboard including children and infants is 8. This maximum must not be exceeded at any time.
  • The skipper must remain sober at all times. It is an arrestable offence to be found drunk in charge of a narrowboat.
  • Pets are welcome aboard but please remember space is limited and they are not allowed on the furniture. NO animal cages allowed of any description.
  • Late return will be charged at the extended day rate (£20) for every hour the boat is late and will be deducted from the £100 security deposit.
  • Sorry, but we do not accept any stag or hen parties and absolutely NO BOOZE CRUISES.
  • Venetian Hireboats and Chandlery reserve the right to withdraw the offer of boat hire to any party whom they deem unfit to take charge of or steer our boat in a safe manner without notice. The Safety & Welfare of canal users is our primary concern and the excessive consumption of alcohol or use of drugs aboard our vessels is strictly prohibited. Any issues of this nature will be reported to local authorities and is shared with other local hire companies. Vessels returned to us in poor or dirty state will result in the security deposit being withheld for up to 7 days and charges made to rectify damage or to clean the vessel.
  • Any reported incidence of unruly or anti-social behaviour will result in you being instructed to leave the boat immediately and your security deposit will be forfeit.
  • We reserve the right to cancel due to adverse weather conditions, mechanical failure or any other circumstances beyond our control. Should this happen we offer a full refund of the hire fee or a reschedule for a future date. We accept no liability for any expenses incurred.
  • Cancellation: There is no refund for any cancellation for this boat with less than 14 days notice. Any cancellation with more than 14 days notice is refunded after a 20% administration charge is deducted.

Please note:

This boat does not have television or Internet on board. We do not offer a welcome pack, tea coffee or sugar with either a day hire nor overnight hire. and it has a basic inventory.