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Queenie - Star Narrowboat

Manchester, Greater Manchester, England
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Unique, spacious, warm, narrowboat holiday hire & houseboat stay near Manchester for 2 guests. Cruising or static stay.

NHS Discount offered for 2020 stays, with NHS ID, for a maximum 2 people.


Due to the current coronavirus pandemic there are changes with availability - to be sure which dates are available once the lock-down is lifted and restrictions are eased please get in touch. Go to Check Availability.


Summer cruising with a minimum 7 night stays.

From November to mid-March a 3 night minimum stay is possible for cruising or static stays.


Star Narrowboat Holidays offer a unique narrowboat for beginners and experienced boaters. Queenie is 50ft (15.45m) & sleeps 2 people.

So, should you take a narrowboat holiday?  The boat is set up for self catering - we know Christmas dinner has been made on board many times. Alternatively do what most people do and have your evening meals at a canal side pub and then back to the boat for a night cap on the back deck hopefully stargazing. 

Open all year round, with prices the same year round too and the hire prices are inclusive of bedding, towels, fuel, a boat handling lesson and 24hr on-call support.

New to canal holidays? No problem, Hester, the owner will teach guests how to handle the boats, offer advice on what routes to take and will make sure you feel ready to go off on your own (if you stay on the Bridgewater canal there will be NO LOCKS).

The boat has collected some great reviews.

A boat holiday aboard 'Queenie' can be as relaxing or as active as you choose. Good access to the Cheshire Ring, The Four Counties Ring, The Anderton Boat Lift, Liverpool city centre, the Rochdale canal, the Leeds Liverpool canal, and the Trent and Mersey canal. Trips can pass through Greater Manchester, Lancashire, Cheshire and beyond.

'Queenie' is available all year round with solid fuel stoves to keep you warm in the cooler months.

Cruising possible year round for 7-14 night stays year round (although not possible in icy conditions).

Canal Touring prices:

7 nights from £1130.

Prices include fuel (when cruising), bedding towels, a boat handling lesson and on-call support whilst the boats are on hire. Beginners will receive a boat handling lesson and help with route planning. Please note that narrowboat holidays are a fun way to have an adventure however the boats are a serious bit of kit and 2 responsible adults must be present on all hires. This property is suitable for couples, small families and close friends and not for party girls and boys :)

Static prices: 

3+ night stays: £90 per night.

Queenie is available for static houseboat hire on their leafy moorings at the Bridgewater Marina/Boothstown Basin M28 1YB - 9 mi/14 km from Manchester city centre & 14 mi/22 km from Manchester Airport. A minimum of 3 night stays are bookable with static stays offered from November - March. 

Room Types

Double Ensuite

Nearest Airport/s