ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire

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

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

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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.


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Recent Reviews:

  • Poppysteam2
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
    Always learning stuff about Chester
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 2nd October 2018
    Never done this short boat trip before, but it was half an hour very well spent. Yes, we had lovely weather and that always helps ! Good seating on the boat so everyone has a good view. We asked the... Read full review
  • david_anna
    aylesbury, bucks
    very pleasant
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 12th October 2018
    Did the 30 min cruise a couple of days ago on a lovely sunny day. Recorded commentary gave an interesting talk. A mixture of large and small properties to see and have described. Enjoyed an ice cream... Read full review
  • karen w
    Wrexham, United Kingdom
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    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 30th October 2018
    Took my daughter and 2 young grandchildren for a walk to chester. Saw the chester boat, the lady diana was about to depart so jumped aboard. Fabulous half an hour, so enjoyable. Really friendly crew... Read full review



  • 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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