Canal Boat Holidays In the heart of Cheshire – Cruising UNAFFECTED by the Middlewich breach.

About Us

Hello, and welcome to Venetian hire boats.  We are Phil and Maxine Roberts, and along with Dave the Dog, we own and run the business.

We have been cruising the canals for years in our own boat and love the tranquillity of the English countryside when we can get away. As part of the wider family of Venetian Hireboats, Dave the dog loves everyone and enjoys his role as Chief Rabbit spotter and everyone’s best friend. Phil loves bacon butties on the back of the boat and canal side pubs, while Maxine revels in the quiet starlit nights and wildlife spotting. (Dave’s No 1 helper at spotting bunnies)

Our Boats

Here at Venetian Hire boats we love our boats. We love the layout, the comfort, the cleanliness and the fabulous night’s sleep we get. We love the big king size beds with fluffy pillows and snugly duvet. We are a family run business and so work very hard to present our boats in the manner that we would want to find them. We hope you love them as much as we do.


Venetian is located in the perfect place to start your canal holiday. We are on the Middlewich arm of the Shropshire Union canal, so you have a more options than any other hire boat company in the UK. Direct from the Venetian Marina you can access the Shropshire Union, the Trent and Mersey and the Llangollen and Montgomery canals where you can cross the breathtaking Chirk Aqueduct and then shortly afterwards, the spectacular Pontcysyllte Aqueduct which is a full 120ft above the valley floor of the River Dee.


Welcome to our booking page where we hope you will find it easy to book your perfect cruising holiday using our interactive booking system. We have tried to make the process as simple and easy as possible for you to know how much your holiday is going to cost you so we really do NOT have any surcharges at all. Simply select the week you wish to book and follow the instructions.

"We offer the best in luxury canal hire boats across Cheshire and the North West"

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The new Lady Isabella enters service.

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