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Aqua Narrowboats

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Address: Findern Lane | Findern Lane, Willington DE65 6DW, England
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09:00 - 17:00
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Aqua Narrowboats is a company specialising in luxury canal boat hire &...

Aqua Narrowboats is a company specialising in luxury canal boat hire & holidays and narrowboat experience days operating from their workshop at Mercia Marina on the Trent and Mersey Canal, Derbyshire. From this base there is a range of canal networks for you to enjoy your narrowboat holiday including the Four Counties Ring, the Staffordshire Ring, the Leicester Ring, plus many there and back routes. Experience days are offered early spring as a taster/ confidence builder to narrowboating.

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Our first narrow boat experience

The entire experience was excellent and exceeded expectations. The quality of boat, handover experience and all dealings with the team could not be faulted. Would, and already... read more

Reviewed 21 March 2017
Simon T
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Reviewed 21 March 2017 via mobile

The entire experience was excellent and exceeded expectations. The quality of boat, handover experience and all dealings with the team could not be faulted. Would, and already have, recommended to others.

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Reviewed 4 January 2017

This was our first narrowboat holiday. I had been on a friends boat for a short holiday over 20 years ago but had very little relevant experience. The boat we hired from Aqua Narrowboats was fitted out to a very high specification and was very comfortable as a result. We had a week away on the boat which meant that... More 

Thank Dave P
Horten Municipality, Norway
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

September 2016. For the fourth year in a row we picked up an Aqua Narrowboat, 'Aqua Beatha' this time. It feels like travelling first class. It IS actually travelling first class!!! This time we decided to go eastwards from Mercia Marina. Very interesting to be two boats in the locks several times. Nottingham was our first goal. Fun to visit... More 

Thank Kornelius44
Durham, United Kingdom
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 January 2017

Our first time on a UK based narrowboat and choosing Aqua Narrowboats was a very sound decision. From initial booking through to hand back of boat after our trip we received 5 star service. The fit out, cleanliness and comfort of the accommodation within the boat exceeded our expectations and nothing appeared to have been overlooked, even waterproofs were provided.... More 

Thank Chris P
Redwood City, California
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Reviewed 4 January 2017

We spent 3 weeks divided between rural sights on the Coventry canal and exploring bits and pieces of the BCN. We got solid advice from members of the team when planning our trip. Out boat was quiet and handled very well. I recommend Aqua Narrowboats with no reservations. We will almost certainly hire with them again. I just wish I... More 

Thank Chris T
Calen, Australia
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Reviewed 15 December 2016

All the staff at Aqua Narrowboats were a pleasure to deal with, so friendly yet professional. We are a group of 5 Australians. We had never been on a narrowboat before and we couldn't fault the boat or its facilities. It felt brand-new. We received a great welcome and tuition. Our boat was fun to operate although we were a... More 

Thank 602evelyn58
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Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Aqua Narrowboats was professional to deal with and we were greeted warmly on arrival and shown around the boat and the facilities. We thoroughly enjoyed our week on Aqua Jeta and for newbies to narrow boating we were giving clear, helpful and practical advice during our training session. The boat itself was well maintained and had all of the modern... More 

Thank Helen D
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Reviewed 24 July 2016

Beautiful boats, comfortable beds and a high standard of facilities (kitchen, seating area). A lovely team of people. Plenty to see and do on the four counties ring, which is ideal for a fortnights holiday, we would recommend stopping off at the Salt museum, The Marston Breweries tour, the potteries and an additional detour to the Anderton boat lift. We... More 

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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 10 December 2015

Aqua narrowboat for our latest canal holiday was wonderful - beautifully laid out and plenty of room in the main cabin to relax with our two dogs. Nice warm welcome on arrival and patient tuition for reluctant helmswoman!!!! Everything you needed for a successful holiday and THE best shower on a boat ever. Highly recommend this company to new and... More 

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Reviewed 24 November 2015

We had a superb week on the Aqua Bywyd this summer. The staff at the marina before we left were extremely thorough and made sure we were 100% comfortable with everything we needed to know. We had family with us for two days who have previously 'narrow boated' and they said it was the best equipped and best laid out... More 

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