Tiverton Canal Co offers a range of hire boats available hourly, which include motor-powered self-drive day boats, Canadian canoes and rowing boats. The Grand Western Canal supports a rich and vibrant variety of wildlife and interesting things to see. All the hire boats provide a great opportunity for you to get close to nature and explore and canal at your own pace.
More customer reviews at the bottom of this page.
Step into the driving seat of a motor-powered self-drive day boat with storage* and seating for a maximum of 6 persons*
For the explorer, try hiring a Canadian canoe with maximum seating for 2 persons*
For a fun family day out, explore the canal by rowing boat with seating for a maximum of 3 persons*
Boats are available from Late May Bank Holiday to September. Self-drive boats can be hired in advance by calling the Ticket Office. We are unable to accept reservations by answer machine or email.
Rowing boats and Canadian canoes are unavailable for pre-booking
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1. Ideas: For longer hires we recommend packing a picnic, (food, drink and ice cream is also available from the Ducks Ditty Cafe Bar before/after your boat trip). Pack a blanket and a couple of small cushions; if you have a dog make sure you have lead and poop bags. Also recommended is packing the sun cream and sun hats, or if the weather is changeable, pack the macs! It's also best to use the toilet facilities in the basin before leaving on your boat journey.
2. Time: Make sure you leave plenty of time to hire the day boat, as you will need time to read and agree to our conditions of hire and fill out the paperwork. You will also need time for a staff member to take your "skipper" over the introduction and handover (usually about 10-15 minutes). You will also need a little time at the end of your hire to allow our staff to check the boat over before deposit return (in accordance with the terms and conditions of hire) all of this dose take Time . . .
3. How long should we hire the day boat for ?
A hire of upto 2 Hrs is a great way to experience the canal, however, our customers tell us that a hire of upto 4 Hrs will give you time to stop along the canal for your picnic. Subject to availability Self Drive Day Boats may be reserved for 12 noon for a 2 or 4 hrs hire. Telephone reservations only.
Please read: Hire Boats Charges Deposit and Information PDF and age Restriction PDF (below). Any questions please don't hesitate to ring Jacquie at our office on 01884 253345.
For all hires we recommend packing the sun cream and sun hats, or if the weather is changeable pack the macs! It's also best to use the toilet facilities in the basin before leaving on your boat journey. Finally, in the very rare occasion of an emergency, we recommend taking your mobile phone on the boat. Make sure all your private possessions (including your phone) are insured in case something should happen to them. (Waterproof mobile phone covers are also recommend.) A change of clothes is a good precaution, especially with the Canadian canoes (it is extremely rare for people to get wet, but it's better to be prepared)! The rowing boats are extremely stable. Before or after your higher boat session, the Ducks Ditty Cafe Bar is on hand for food, drinks and ice cream.
Hire Boats - Charges Deposit and Information PDF (2015 prices, to be up dated soon).
*Subject to weight. Also please note due to safety no children under 3 years in all hire boats
Boat Hire - Ticket Office: 01884 253345
Boats Available: From End of May Bank Hol to September. Only when shop/ticket office is Open. Please note all boats to be returned by 4.30pm.
End of May Bank Holiday & June: Tuesday to Sunday 12 noon - 3.00pm. Closed Mondays (except Bank Hols)
July: Sunday to Friday 10.30am - 3.00 pm except Saturdays 12 noon - 3.00pm. Closed Mondays
August: Sunday to Friday 10.30am - 3.00pm except Saturdays & Mondays 12 noon - 3.00pm
Click Here or on our map to plan your journey. (This can also be printed out from PDF)
Video: Motor Day Boats at the Tiverton Wharf
Video: Canadian Canoes on the Grand Western Canal
- Nigel Robinson
>. We cannot fault this lovely attraction. We hired out a boat for two hours and had a lovely time in bright sunshine - two adults and two teenagers - who all equally enjoyed it. The boat was lovely and clean and we had good instruction on what to do if things were to go wrong, so we felt more than capable should anything happen. We would definitely come again - Nikki M
>. My boyfriend's family and myself went on holiday to Devon; we came across Tiverton Canal Company by chance. We hired a boat for two hours, there was a tutorial carried out to ensure the boat would be used correctly and safety and just general information about the boat. I was quite happy to sit back and relax in the sun looking at the passing scenery whilst the men steered the boat. The family that run this company couldn't be more accommodating and friendly. I would definitely recommend taking the time to go to Tiverton Canal, it's well worth a try! - Natash JT
>. On our recent visit to the canal (16th August) whilst on the boat 'Mole,' we saw three kingfishers. Lovely! How unusual - Maria Percy
>. Hired a motor boat and spent the day pootling along the Tiverton Canal. Loads of great wildlife to see: moorhens brooding their young, parent swans looking after unhatched eggs, loads of fluffy ducklings, stunning kingfishers and too many beautiful blue dragonflies to count. Apparently the canal was breached in the winter of 2012 by storms, but it's definitely open now. Thanks to Elmo and Carlo for driving - Karen Revel-Chion
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