ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire

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Boating Station, Souters Lane, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 1SZ

Tel: 01244 325394

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About Us

Enjoy a different side of Chester - the riverside!  Sail with us along the beautiful River Dee. 

Choose from a Half-hour City Cruise taking in the city's rich Roman, Mediaeval and Industrial heritage, or sit back and relax on our Iron Bridge Cruise, a two-hour trip into the glorious Cheshire countryside, through the Duke of Westminster’s Estate. Our routes along the Dee are full of interesting things to see and amazing wildlife - have your camera ready!

You can really enjoy the freedom of the city by opting for a great value combined ChesterBoat and City Sightseeting open-bus tour ticket.  Put your feet up and let someone else do the driving, by road and by water!

We're a family business, welcoming guests aboard our boats for more than 30 years. As well as sightseeing cruises, we also offer party nights aboard, special occasion cruises (such as afternoon tea, or fish and chips trips) and we're available for private charter. Our cruises, occasions and special events are a relaxing, comfortable all-weather attraction, with options for covered seating, a fully licenced bar and toilets. 

We look forward to welcoming you aboard….

Read ChesterBoat's 'A day in the life...' here

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - 2 Hour Cruise£16.00 adult
Adult - Half-hour Cruise£7.50 adult
Child (5-15) - 2 Hour Cruise£6.00 child
Child (5-15) - Half-hour Cruise£2.50 child
Concession - 2 Hour Cruise£14.00 concession
Concession - Half-hour Cruise£6.50 concession
Family Ticket - 2 Hour Cruise£38.00 family
Family Ticket - Half-hour Cruise£19.00 family
Under 5 - 2 Hour CruiseFree
Under 5 - Half-hour CruiseFree

The prices shown apply when you pay on the boat or the quayside. However, if you book your tickets online in advance, you can make great savings on the quoted prices.

Opening Times

Daily Half-hour City Cruise: February 2018 (sailing on the hour) (10 Feb 2018 - 23 Feb 2018)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00*
Weekend Half-hour City Cruise: Spring 2018 (sailing on the hour) (24 Feb 2018 - 4 Mar 2018)
Saturday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00*
Daily Half-Hour City Cruise: Spring 2018 (sailing on the hour) (10 Mar 2018 - 23 Mar 2018)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 16:00
Daily Half-hour City Cruise 2018 (sailing every half-hour) (24 Mar 2018 - 4 Nov 2018)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00
Combined Half Hour City Cruise and Open Top Bus Tour (1 Apr 2018 - 29 Oct 2018)
Combined Two-hour Iron Bridge Cruise and Open Top Bus Tour (1 Apr 2018 - 29 Oct 2018)
Weekend two-hour Iron Bridge Cruise: June 2018 (2 June 2018 - 24 June 2018)
Saturday - Sunday12:00 - 14:30
Twice-daily two-hour Iron Bridge Cruise (1 July 2018 - 7 Sept 2018)
Monday - Sunday12:00 - 14:30
Weekend two-hour Iron Bridge Cruise: September 2018 (8 Sept 2018 - 30 Sept 2018)
Saturday - Sunday12:00 - 14:30

* Our early season sailings (10 February - 23 March) depart on the hour, between 11am and 4pm . In high season (24 March-4 November 2018) we sail every half-hour, 11am-5pm.
Our Two-hour Iron Bridge Cruises depart at 12noon and 2.30pm.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change


  • Regional and MiscellaneousChester Attractions Group Member Chester Attractions Group Member 2016

Special Offers

  • Father’s Day Special - Make Dad’s Day!

    Sailing every 30 minutes - 11am until 5pm on Father's Day (Sunday 16th June)

    Treat Dad to a half-hour cruise this Father’s Day and we’ll get him a nice cold beer for free.

    Simply book your tickets online here for the Father’s Day Special, tell us how many Dads will be sailing, and claim Dad’s free beer from the on board bar. This is an online-only offer not available on the day – tickets booked on the quayside do not get the online discount or qualify for a free drink. Book now to save!

    Combined Boat & Bus Tickets

    We’ve teamed up with City Sightseeing to offer a great value combined ticket so you can see the city by river and by road. Click here to find out more about the open-top bus. Add the bus upgrade to your basket at checkout to enjoy the freedom of the city.

    Ticket Type Online
    Adult £7.00
    Concession / Student £6.50
    Child (5 - 15 years) £2.50
    Family Tickets (2 adults / concessions and up to 3 children) £18.00


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  • One free child with one fully paying adult - Download the voucher here.

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Road Directions

From the city centre turn into Souters Lane (near the Roman Amphitheatre). Go down the hill and you'll see the boats on the river.

Public Transport Directions

Only 10 minutes walk from Chester Town Hall; 20 minutes walk from Chester Railway Station.




  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp / Level Access

Attraction Facilities

  • All Weather Attraction


  • On-Site café/restaurant

Payment Methods

  • MasterCard accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Event Venue
  • Toilets

Provider Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Marketing Cheshire Member
  • No Smoking Attraction
  • Outdoor Attraction

Target Markets

  • Family Fun

Contact Us

Tel: 01244 325394

Tel: 01244 325394

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