A Marine Cruises canal holiday from two great bases

A canal holiday with Marine Cruises is special!

Because our canal holiday routes are special.

Marine Cruises operates from two great canal holiday bases, each ideally suited to explore some of the finest canal holiday routes in the UK! The Llangollen Canal with its famous aqueducts and tunnels is probably the most beautiful canal in Britain, you can explore lots of fascinating canal holiday rings, and our Falkirk base allows you to cross Scotland coast to coast, including a breathtaking journey on the world famous Falkirk Wheel! details

A canal holiday is a special holiday.

It’s a special holiday because it’s a great way to spend quality time with the people who matter to you. Leave all the hassles behind and take some time out, travel slowly, notice the fine details of life and enjoy the company of friends or your family. Unwind while steering the boat, working the locks or just chatting to folk you meet along the way! On a canal holiday there really is something for everyone,  as much enjoyable activity as you choose, always something to see, tunnels, castles, villages, pubs and countryside, even just relaxing with a good book while the world floats by! details

Special Narrowboats

Marine Cruises are proud of our purpose built narrowboats designed with you, our valued customer, in mind. All are professionally fitted to the highest standard to provide both the comfort and accessories you expect from a first class hire fleet. Our narrowboats are expertly maintained and well equipped and come with every item you will need to make your holiday run smoothly, all have a bathroom with shower and a galley complete with full size cooker. details

… with very special service

Marine Cruises is special because we are a family firm, set up by Arthur Rudland and now run by his daughters. Our friendly staff can give you advice about how to get the best from your canal holiday. Our 2 bases have been carefully chosen to give you the best choice of wonderful cruising routes, whether you are coming for a week, a short break, or a longer holiday. You will be able to travel at your own pace and dally where you want, in fabulous scenery. details

Covid-19 (Coronavirus)

England have restarted Holiday hires from the 4th July .

Individual emails will be send out a day or two prior to your holiday departure dates for all 2020 customers with some pre arrival information following the new guidance.

You will also need to keep in mind other areas such as Scotland and Wales will have their own protocols to follow and so we ask you to adhere the country you are in, government guidelines.

Scotland will reopen for tourism from the 18th July.

Wales is reopening on the 11th July for tourism.

For those in the high risk group, Sheltering or flying in from overseas before August or beyond if flight restrictions or different guidelines as I appreciate some other countries will have their own travel guidance etc) please get in touch to transfer your dates across if you wish. We are transferring holidays at no extra cost  for upto 12 months from the original holiday commencement date.

We are extremely busy at the moment so where possible we would appreciate you emailing us via holidays@marinecruises.co.uk with your new requested dates or your query. Please follow the government guidance for the most up-to date information in the area you are travelling.

New Bookings – Can be made over the phone or via our website at the top of the page, If you book and cannot take your holiday due to Government guidance/restrictions/lockdown or you are self-isolating because of COVID-19, we will transfer your dates for upto 12 months from your original booking date at no extra charge unless you change the time of year to a peak time when there may be a small additional charge or  for further information please email us.


British Marine Statement on the Reduction in VAT for Holiday Accommodation

On the 8 July 2020, the Chancellor of the Exchequer provided an update on the measures HM Treasury would take to support businesses following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Included in his announcement was a VAT cut to 5% for the tourism and hospitality sectors for a 6 month period (15 July 2020 to 12 January 2021).

In a communication on 14 July, HMRC confirmed to British Marine that the reduction of VAT to 5% for holiday accommodation does not apply to those businesses hiring recreational craft with overnight accommodation, nor does it apply to mooring providers for any vessels.  The reduction in VAT to 5% would only apply to those providing holiday accommodation on houseboats.

HMRC have provided further clarification and definitions of “Houseboats” in their guidance notice “Hotels and holiday accommodation (VAT Notice 709/3)

For those wishing to seek clarification on this definitive position from HMRC, British Marine would recommend contacting the HMRC National Call Centre on 0300 200 3700 and quoting the call reference number “DBS-10912” for confirmation of this position.

British Marine is disappointed by this decision and believes that by not including our industry within the scope of holiday accommodation for VAT purposes, HMRC is supporting anticompetitive activity by favouring other industries in the tourism sector.  British Marine will therefore now be challenging HMRC’s position to ensure there is a level playing field for all holiday accommodation providers.