Kennet Horse Boat Company Ltd

West Berkshire

Type:Boat Trip

Holt Road, Kintbury, HUNGERFORD, Berkshire, RG17 9UY

Tel: +44 01488 658866

Kennet Horse Boat Company Ltd


In today's hectic environment there is little time to appreciate the beauty of the countryside and the slower pace of yesteryear. The Kennet Horse Boat Company's horsedrawn canal cruises offer an opportunity to do just that. Environmentally friendly and quite unique with very few left in the UK, this traditionally painted canal boat is keeping some of our nineteenth-century English heritage alive.

Set in Berkshire's beautiful countryside on the Kennet & Avon Canal, the Horse Drawn Barge is based in the pretty village of Kintbury near Hungerford and operates in the daytime and early evening only.  Our horses, heavy crossed-shires, Freddie and Monty are bedecked in traditional harness.  The boat is purpose built to the traditional style of canal boats in the 1800’s and decorated in the bright colours of the ‘roses and castles’ canal style. 

Between Easter and End September, visitors enjoy a public trip or privately charter the boats for Clubs/Societies, School Trips, Birthdays, Children’s Parties, Weddings, Anniversaries and Corporate Entertainment. It is an ideal outing for groups with our charter prices based on coach parties. 

Weather protection; licensed bar including tea and coffee; souvenirs and toilet on board.  Catering available for groups (25+) ranging from cream teas to a full celebration buffet.

Whether you are looking to relax and get away from it all, make the best of a rainy day, celebrate a special event or simply to do something different, we have plenty to offer.  Travelling through at least one lock every trip, it is an outing enjoyed by all ages.


Brochure, menus and public trip timetable available from:

Kennet Horse Boat Company, 1 Holt Road, Kintbury, Hungerford, Berkshire, RG17 9UY.

T: 01488 658866.  E: W:




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  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant - Licensed bar serving tea, coffee, soft and alcoholic beverages, crisps, biscuits and confectionery. Catering available by prior arrangement.

Establishment Features

  • Toilets

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted


Map & Directions

Road Directions


Nearest major road is A4/34/339. Horse-drawn: A4 between Newbury and Hungerford at Kintbury village.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest station is Kintbury or Newbury. Ten minutes' walk from Newbury station along Cheap Street, turn right at Barclays Bank/post office, left at mini-roundabout then Bear Lane into Newbury Wharf. Horse-drawn is next to Kintbury station.


  • Tourism South East Award -Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Bronze Tourism South East Member 23/24 - Bronze 2023

Opening Times

2024 (31 Mar 2024 - 30 Sept 2024)

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