Canal boat hire from Market Harborough

Union Wharf Marina

Union Wharf in Market Harborough

Union Wharf Marina is at the heart of Market Harborough canal basin in Leicestershire. The basin here is a picturesque waterfront destination offering holiday and day boat hire.

We aim to find the ideal boat to suit your plans, whether you are an experienced boater or a complete novice looking for a minibreak adventure.

Choose from our interior-designed luxury Boutique Narrowboats for couples, our smaller day boats for groups or a holiday boat for families.

Up to 12 people

Day boat hire

Holiday boats

Boutique Narrowboats

Union Wharf boat hire testimonials

"Absolutely fantastic day out with the family. Couldn't fault anything. Haven't had so much fun in years. Highly recommended. Can't wait to repeat the experience 😍"

Bobbie Mayoh

"Hired a day boat for a family birthday. Spent a wonderful day messing about on the water with a picnic stop halfway. The staff and crew were friendly and helpful and the boat was immaculate."

Adam Lewszuk

"Spent an amazing day on their electric narrow-boat! very friendly staff, beautiful drive (sail, float?) down to the Foxton basin & back for the 5 of us. The boat was spotless & very comfortable and thankfully the weather was perfect. We all loved it! We'll definitely be back!"

Lodge Farm Leisure

"We had a fun day out on the water aboard Kingfisher. I had not piloted a narrow boat before, but we were given training with a quick spin around the wharf before setting off. Recommended!"

Gordon Gillespie

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Market Harborough

Union Wharf marina is at the end of the Market Harborough arm. This is a peaceful stretch of the Grand Union canal which meanders through the rural Leicestershire landscape.

The iconic Foxton Locks are a less than half a day’s cruise away. A holiday from Union Wharf can also take you to Braunston, Watford Locks or even the city of Leicester.

Foxton Locks
Canal route near market harborough
day boat going from market harborough

New to narrowboating?

No experience or a licence is necessary to take out a narrowboat and we provide all the training you need.

Many of our hirers have never set foot on a canal boat before their holiday or day trip so you are in good company. Although we offer a comprehensive handover for all our guests, we are happy to do a bit of extra ‘hand-holding’ for novices who come aboard.

setting off on a boat
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