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Grand Union Narrowboat Holidays

Grand Union Narrowboats is based on the Grand Union Canal at Weedon in heart of the beautiful county of Northamptonshire. The Furniss family who operate Grand Union Narrowboats have been part of the inland waterways industry for over 25 years so you are in very capable hands.

Narrowboat hire Special Offer


Discounts on all July & August 2024 Holidays.
Limited time offer ends 31st July 2024.

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Narrowboat hire Special Offer


10% Discount on September and October Holidays.
Limited time Offer ends 31st July.

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Narrowboat hire Special Offer


2025 Early Booking Discount.
15% Discount on all 2025 holidays.
Offer Ends on the 31st October 2024.

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Narrowboat hire Special Offer

Flotilla Offer

10% off your holiday when booking two or more boats together

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Narrowboat hire Special Offer

Multi-Week Discount

Book 2 weeks & save 15% off the 2nd week, or book 3 weeks & save 20% off the 3rd week

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Sally - 2 berth narrowboat for holiday hire


2 berth

Hawkweed - 3 berth narrowboat for holiday hire


3 berth

Ragweed - 3 berth canal boat for holiday hire


3 berth

Driftweed - 2/4 berth narrowboat for holiday hire


2/4 berth

Jimsonweed - 6 berth narrowboat for holiday hire


6 berth

Londonweed - 4 berth narrowboat for holiday hire

Londonweed 4

4 berth

Londonweed - 6 berth canal boat for holiday hire

Londonweed 6

6 berth

Tasselweed - 4/6 berth narrowboat for holiday hire


4/6 berth

Knotweed - 6 berth canalboat for holiday hire

Knotweed 6

6 berth

Knotweed - 8 berth narrowboat for hire

Knotweed 8

8 berth



Greenshorts_8 (Jun 2024) - "...Family run business so had little extra touches which were thoughtful and appreciated...Dave gave a thorough and valuable talk on how to operate the boat properly and safely which was useful...Already looking to book again!..."

Rob S (Jun 2024) - "My wife and I couldn’t be happier with Steve Furniss and his team...We were inexperienced, but Steve’s hands-on approach gave us confidence from the very beginning...After a thorough orientation and checklist, Steve took us about an hour down the canal to give us additional advice and instructions...We will do it again!..."

Elaine L (May 2024) - "We had the most amazing, relaxing, fun filled week. We learnt new skills, fully supported by Steve and his team. We met lovely, helpful people when out and about. I would thoroughly recommend Grand Union Narrowboats. We are booking another one for next year."

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Our Narrowboats

Our 2, 4, 6 and 8-berth purpose-built, 4 star narrowboats, are available for hire from our easily accessed base at Weedon. You can be confident of having a canal boat holiday to remember, taking in the delights of the canals of Great Britain.

Routes you can take

From Weedon ...More >there is an amazing choice of routes for your narrowboat hire including gems such as the Oxford Canal, the Ashby Canal, the River Thames and, of course, our personal favourite – the Grand Union Canal, cruising either north along the stunningly beautiful Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal through Watford Locks, Market Harborough and Foxton locks or perhaps south through the amazing Blisworth Tunnel and the quintessentially English canal side village of Stoke Bruerne and on southwards towards the Chilterns. See more information on routes you can take with our boats..

New to canal boating?

We understand that for some the prospect of taking to the helm of your narrowboat hire together with the operation of the canal locks can seem a little daunting! DON’T PANIC. We are very thorough on our handovers, as well as showing how all the controls on the boat work to ensure ALL our novice customers get practical steering tuition along with instruction and help with your first locks. We feel this is very important as the sooner you feel at ease with the practicalities of a canal boat holiday the sooner to can start to enjoy the delights of England’s waterways.

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