About Us

Star Narrowboat Holidays, is an independent, narrowboat hire company owned and managed by Hester Cox, we started at the Bridgewater Marina (also known as Boothstown Basin) and we recently moved to The Wharf at Preston On The Hill, WA4 4BA at the southern end of the Bridgewater canal. We always aim to provide superb quality canal boat hire in the Northwest of England, UK and we are proud to offer unique boat hire and a memorable experience to all who stay aboard. 

We have been enjoying great success since we started in June 2012, we've welcomed people (beginners and experienced hirers) from many different places such as Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the United States, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Singapore, China, Egypt, Spain, France, the Netherlands, South Africa, Israel and of course all over the UK. We started with Gloria and in 2014 we brought Queenie to the water. In October 2016 we gained Quality Accredited Boatyard (QAB) status. Our boat Gloria had it's last hire in August 2020 and we are currently building a new boat, named Woodstock, to replace Gloria. Our new boat will be ready for July 2021.

Open all year round and we keep the same hire prices all year too. We offer narrowboat holiday hire - where you take the boat out on the canal and static hire at our peaceful base. We also offer Experience Days, Deluxe Experience Days and Gift Vouchers.

We hope you like our website, the gallery pictures will give you a good idea of our boats and the surrounding area where we are based  - thanks to Laura Hutchinson who took most of the interior boat photos.

If you ‘like’/'follow' us on our Facebook you will be kept up to date with special offers, late availability and perhaps some extra delights! You can follow our new build on Instagram.

You are welcome to come and visit us and look over Queenie and Woodstock before you make any decisions about a hire.

We look forward to meeting you.








Email: info@starnarrowboatholidays.co.uk

Tel: +44 (0)7944 404 227
Star Narrowboat Holidays
The Wharf
Preston On The Hill


We are located at the southern end of the Bridgewater canal.


Star Narrowboat Holidays gained QAB status in 2016.We are a member of the British Marine Federation