The Kennet Horse Boat Company is a small, family-run business that operates traditional canal barges for public boat trips and private charters.
The company was established in 1970 and has been run by the Butler family since 1980. The business is now owned and run hands-on by the second generation of the family, Stephen Butler and his wife Charlotte, who took over from Stephen’s parents, Bob and Jenny, in 2004.
Our public horse-drawn trips on the Kennet and Avon Canal last from two to three hours and operate seven days a week, from Easter to the end of September. You can just hop on if we have any spare seats – but it’s best to book in advance, so that you guarantee reserved seats.
We are working hard to keep the horse-drawn barge tradition alive, and on every trip with us, you can be assured of a friendly welcome and attentive professional service from Charlotte, Steve and our helpful staff. We all love our horses and thoroughly enjoy enabling our customers to experience the magic of drifting sedately along the Kennet and Avon canal in our horse-drawn barge, or exploring the canal in our self-drive motor barge.
The Kennet Horse Boat Company brings you two ways to enjoy a leisurely boat trip on one of England’s finest canals – a nostalgic horse-drawn barge journey or a self-drive narrow boat experience. They’re both great ways to escape from the madness of modern life and experience the slower pace of yesteryear. Just sit back and soak up the beauty of the countryside from a totally different viewpoint.