Union Wharf Market Harborough

Hire boat centre for Boutique Narrowboats, family holidays and day trips.

Boutique Narrowboats

Boutique Narrowboats

Book a romantic minibreak on a luxury canal boat for 2.

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Day Boat Hire for groups

Day Boat Hire for groups

Take a day trip to Foxton Locks with room for 12.

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Family narrowboat hire

Family narrowboat hire

Hire a holiday canal boat to suit the whole family.

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Gift vouchers

Gift vouchers

Purchase a Day Boat gift voucher for a special someone.

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Coronavirus update –  18 June 2020

Reopening & booking

You can now hire a day boat for members of your own household and any individual within your “bubble.”

If you wish to book a day boat, please reserve through the online booking calendars.

Holiday Boat bookings may be bookable from 4th July and we will keep you updated via the website when we know more.


Social distancing for Day Boats

When you book your Day Boat, you will receive a Booking Confirmation email with links to the boat manual and an online preparation course. The Designated Skipper is asked to read the manual thoroughly and complete the online course, even if they are experienced.

With this preparation work complete, we will be able to shorten your training time on the day to practical training.

When your party arrives at the marina, you will gather at the named meeting point for your boat opposite the marina office. Your entire party will be directed to board your boat and remain inside, until the Designated Skipper has received any necessary training from us (at a 2 metre distance.)

Once the skipper is happy at the controls, we will wave you on your way!


To rearrange a booking

  • To rearrange a booking made through us, please email us with your alternative dates.
  • To rearrange a booking made through an outside booking agency, please contact them directly.

Day Boat experiences can now be purchased via Gift Card, and are valid for 365 days after purchase.


We hope to see you soon!

Best wishes

Aaran, Sharon and the team at Union Wharf


More about Union Wharf in Market Harborough

Union Wharf Marina is at the heart of Market Harborough canal basin in Leicestershire, a picturesque waterfront destination offering holiday hire boats to cater for all tastes.

Whether you are an experienced boater or a complete novice, we aim to find the ideal boat to suit your holiday plans.

Choose from our interior-designed luxury Boutique Narrowboats for couples, our smaller day boats for groups and a fleet of ABC hire boats for family holidays.

Whoever you are travelling with, we are sure that you will find the perfect fit at Union Wharf.

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Routes and Itineraries

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

From Union Wharf you will soon reach the iconic Foxton Locks. From there, take a scenic route up to Leicester or choose a rural southern itinerary to Crick or Braunston.

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New to Narrowboating?

No experience is necessary to holiday on 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 and 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.