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 Begin your adventure


Self-drive narrowboat holiday hire 

Start your holiday on this vintage narrowboat located in the historic Inland Port of Shardlow, Derbyshire.

The Purple Boat is a vintage narrowboat that has been lovingly restored, providing a traditional narrowboat experience with a modern twist.

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About Us

Perfect for 2 and can accommodate 4, try a fun family or cosy couples holiday on the British canals. 

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Book Now

Whether you have been on a narrowboat holiday before or not, we cater for everyone, providing boat handling tuition to prepare you for your journey!

Take a peek inside The Purple Boat

Inside the boat there is everything you need to enjoy your experience on the waterways of England. 


Kitchen Diner

Compact kitchen galley with everything you need to prepare meals, leading onto a cosy dining area, which converts to a double bed.

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Front Cabin

2 cabin beds can be converted into a large king size bed. All bedding is provided. There is storage space under the beds and in the wardrobes. 

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Thermostatically controlled shower and flush toilet with basin. Clean towels are provided.

Try something new and experience narrowboat life 



Relax on the large sundeck at the back of the boat and take in the scenery and wildlife.

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We welcome dogs aboard The Purple Boat and our dog Katie has always enjoyed trips away. She looks very smart in her yellow lifejacket!


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The Purple Boat is moored on the Trent and Mersey Canal in the historic inland waterways port of Shardlow.


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