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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The Lady Diana returning to The Groves, Chester
  • The Lady Diana returning to The Groves, Chester
  • Bonkie the picnic boat, ChesterBoat
  • An arial view of The Groves, Chester
  • Chester Weir and Old Dee Bridge
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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, with 40 years experience of providing first-class experiences. 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. 

Bonkie the Picnic Boat

Our gorgeous little picnic boat is available now for private charter – complete with your own personal skipper.  We can arrange drinks and in true ChesterBoat fashion, we can also take care of catering or any special requests to make your day truly memorable. Bonkie can carry up to seven people, so she’s ideal for small gatherings such as birthday or anniversary parties, family celebrations, special occasions, or just any time you fancy an indulgent – or romantic –  chauffeur-driven treat. We think Bonkie is the perfect way to make a loved one feel special. You can charter Bonkie for two-and-a-half hours for £300, which includes your own private skipper.

We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

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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

Half Hour Cruises - Twice an hour (30 Mar 2021 - 3 Nov 2021)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00
2 hour Iron Bridge Cruise (1 July 2021 - 8 Sept 2021)
Monday - Sunday12:00
2 hour Iron Bridge Cruise - Weekend Sailings (14 Sept 2021 - 29 Sept 2021)
Monday - FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday12:00


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


Road Directions

From the city centre turn into Souters Lane (by 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.



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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Recent Reviews:

  • cgregs
    Island of Anglesey, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 24th September 2020
    Took an afternoon cruise to the Iron bridge on the Lady Diana. A nice light boat with big windows so you can easily see out. We booked online which was very easy and it wasn’t packed so felt safe... Read full review
  • johnI3928YN
    Liverpool, New York
    A pleasant 30 mins
    4 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 28th October 2020
    A good value trip up and down the river. Plenty to see on both sides and a good prerecorded audio guide to point out the sights. Read full review
  • kellysQ8995IA
    Hereford, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    A fabulous trip down the river
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 18th April 2021
    Today we made a long journey to meet family in Chester to celebrate my mum’s 70th birthday and my sister’s 40th birthday. As it was a beautiful day we decided to take a trip on the Jackie. The lovely... Read full review



  • Facility for service dogs
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Some Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors 

Attraction Facilities

  • All Weather Attraction


  • On-Site café/restaurant

Payment Methods

  • MasterCard accepted
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Visa accepted

Provider Facilities

  • Civil Weddings
  • Event Venue
  • Toilets

Provider Features

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

Target Markets

  • Family Fun

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Contact Us

Tel: 01244 325394

Tel: 01244 325394

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