Overseas Visitors

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Overseas Visitors

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We look forward to welcoming you at the start of your canal vacation.

Overseas visitors make up about one third of all our holiday boat hire customers and quite a few of them return year after year.

You can be assured of a warm welcome when you arrive at Rose Narrowboats.

We are well located in the centre of the canal system, in a very attractive part of England with excellent transport connections to and from the major airports (London Heathrow, Birmingham International and Manchester).

We have some general advice here  but if you need any further help on how to get to us please do not hesitate to contact us.

Rose Narrowboats Complete Canal Map

We have an excellent choice of routes, most of which offer “a little bit of everything” – locks, tunnels, quaint villages with canal side pubs, and beautiful countryside with lots of wildlife, making us the ideal starting point for one of the best ways to see England – by boat.

If you have particular places you would like to see or events you would like to experience, please contact us – we’ll be happy to help with detailed planning for your trip.

Long Term Hire, 4 weeks or more, can be a great way to see England and Wales by boat with lots of interesting places to visit. Taking your accommodation with you, so no need to keep packing and unpacking from destination to destination as you travel around the country.

Click on the buttons below to see some examples of our clients who have done long term hire with Rose Narrowboats.

Fanfare on Oxford Canal

If you have never been on a narrowboat before, don’t worry – many of our new customers haven’t – and our expert instructors will provide detailed and clear tuition on all aspects of your boating holiday, including practical experience, so that you will feel confident and prepared before you set off.

Canal and River Trust have produced an excellent instructional film which you can watch here before you arrive as an overview.

We provide complimentary towels for overseas visitors as well as safe storage for your suitcases if required.

There is a full back up service, including out of hours, should you require any assistance whilst you are on the boat.