Hire Fees, Destination & Availability - Tarporley Narrowboat 

We are now taking bookings for 2018

Booking Procedure

  • First check our Calendar (below) for availability
  • Make online payment as detailed on booking form, booking can not be confirmed and date can not be reserved until deposit payment is received

Booking Fees

BOOKING FEES (20% reduction for trips between 1st November – 31st March)



(Monday – Thursday)


(Friday – Sunday + Bank Holidays)



Up to 3 hours

Up to 6 hours

Additional hours

Up to 3 hours

Up to 6 hours

Additional hours


















The above prices are for all trips between 1st April and 31st October. Trips outside that period are discounted by 20% i.e. a standard trip of up to 3 hours on a Saturday in March will cost £240. There is no reduction for any bank holiday that falls during the off peak period.

Most trips will be at the Standard rate. This includes family and private parties, works outing or a corporate team. 

The Community rate is available to any group or organization which provides services to the community on a not-for-profit basis - e.g. schools, social support projects such as day nurseries etc.  They do not need to be a charity or have the same aims and objectives as ours.

The overnight rate covers mooring in the evening until 12:00 the following day.

Organizations wishing to use our facilities for their own profit - e.g. media and film companies etc. should contact us for our corporate rates.

Standard Destinations

1.  Kings Place to Camden Town and return - 2 ½ to 3 hours

2.  Kings Place to Little Venice and return - about 6 hours

3.  Kings Place to Kingsland Basin and return - 2 ½ to 3 hours

4.  Kings Place to Victoria Park and return - about 6 hours

5.  Other. Please contact us to arrange a personalized itinerary

Please note all trips start and finish at Kings Place. Single journeys or alternative start / finish points can be arranged but the fee will be based on starting and returning to Kings Place, please contact us.

We are taking Bookings for 2018

We aim to help everyone experience the beauty of our canals - so if your community group has problems funding a trip please see our Charitable Trips page as we would like to help.

Please scroll through the calendar below for available dates, but bear in mind that booking are confirmed only once a deposit has been received, so you are advised to provide some alternative dates when you first contact us.

As we are all volunteers, all bookings are subject to crew availability, which will be confirmed nearer the date.

PLEASE NOTE: We may not be able to take bookings with less than 1 week's notice please call or email to bookings@camdencanal.org to check if we are able to accept a short notice booking.

Download Booking Form here



Skippered cruises                                                            Back to the Top 

Skippered cruises on Tarporley are available to all kinds of groups from charities, clubs and schools to businesses and private parties (maximum 12 passengers).   Not sure where to go? - Check out possible routes, view maps etc.

We especially welcome charitable groups of the less privileged or vulnerable and those from every section of London & Camden’s multi-ethnic society. 

More than 12 passengers?   Please contact us as we can often arrange extra boat[s] and increase capacity. 

Tarporley is a 1937 working boat which was converted to run in London as Camden’s community narrowboat in 1972.  She is an historic vessel and can only be handled safely with skill and experience; she is therefore not available to hire on a self-steer basis.

A narrowboat trip with a difference!                              Back to the Top

When you take a trip along the Regents Canal on the historic narrowboat 'Tarporley', you don't just have to sit and watch the scenery go by - you can explore the boat, steer and help work the locks too - if you're feeling energetic.  We take a maximum of 12 passengers, with crew members on hand to answer any questions about the canal, the local scenery and wildlife. We will also tell you about the boat’s fascinating history if that interests you.  You never know who you might meet . . . .

'Little Boots' on 'Tarporley'