All About Reverse Layout Narrowboats

Let’s talk about the internal layout of a narrowboat, specifically what to expect on board and where the ‘rooms’ are located. Narrowboats have a corridor that usually runs the length of the boat and also a galley kitchen, bed(s) in cabins, and toilet/washroom facilities.

Most narrowboats available for holiday hire have an internal layout with a cabin at the back of the boat and a social area at the front. In addition to these more traditional internal layouts, we also offer boats with a ‘reverse’ layout. Reverse layout boats have a social area at the back and usually a cabin at the front. This is great for socialising during the day as you can chat together at the back of the boat whilst you’re cruising.

Considering a narrowboat with a reverse layout for your next boating holiday? You can select ‘reverse layout’ in the advanced search options on our website to find boats available for your preferred dates and location. To get you started, here are some suggestions:


Boat: Poppy

Location: Bradford on Avon, Kennet and Avon Canal near Bath

A lovely boat for couples or a small family with a flexible bed layout, perfect for a city break to Bath.

Precious Gem

Boat: Precious Gem

Location: North Kilworth, Leicester Line (Grand Union Canal)

Ideal for a couple with on board features including free WiFi and a wood burning stove.

Laughing Gull

Boat: Laughing Gull

Location: Anderton, Trent and Mersey Canal

A great option for a family or two couples, situated close to the Victorian Anderton Boat Lift.


Boat: Seren

Location: Pencelli, Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal

Perfect for two couples, this beautiful canal is located within the Brecon Beacons National Park.

To find your perfect boating holiday, please feel free to browse and book via our website: , you can also give our friendly boating team a call on 01252 796400.