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Star Narrowboat Holidays

Manchester, Greater Manchester, England
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Unique, spacious, warm, narrowboat holiday hire & houseboat stay near Manchester - operating since 2012. Have a look!

Star Narrowboat Holidays offer two unique narrowboats for beginners and experienced boaters, they have been offering narrowboat hire since 2012.

Gloria is 57ft (17.37m) & sleeps up to 4 people

Queenie is 50ft (15.45m) & sleeps 2 people

New Boat coming in 2020!!

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

They aim to be as flexible as possible, generally, this means you can start and end a hire when you want. They ask that you do your best to pick dates that don't leave a short gap on the calendar where the boats can't be booked. If in doubt please enquire and they'll do what they can to suit you.

Please note minimum 3 night bookings are available for the boat 'Gloria'. 2 night minimum aboard 'Queenie'.

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 boats have collected some great reviews on TripAdvisor and on the Star Narrowboat Holidays website. 'Gloria' is featured in 'Rock The Boat' published by Gestalten Books.

A barge holiday aboard 'Gloria' and '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.

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

Canal Touring prices:

Prices for a 3 night stay in Gloria start from £490 when sleeping 2 and £530 when sleeping 4 people. A week's stay ranges from £1130-£1170 for 2/4 guests respectively. 

Prices for a 2 night stay in Queenie start at £380 for a 2 night stay and £1130 for a week stay for 2 people. 

Static prices: 

Single night stays (if owners are able to accomodate them): £130 per night for Queenie and if using only one double bed in Gloria or £160 per night if using both beds in Gloria. 

Two plus night stays: £90 per night for Queenie and if using only one double bed in Gloria or £120 per night if using both beds in Gloria. 


Star Narrowboat Holidays also offer 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.

Room Types

Double Ensuite
Family Rooms

Nearest Airport/s