ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire

Check availability for ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire (opens in a new window)

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

Tel: 01244 325394

Add ChesterBoat - Sightseeing River Cruises and Private Hire to your Itinerary

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
  • We're Good to Go

Book Tickets Online

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, 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!

Book Tickets

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)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00
2 hour Iron Bridge Cruise (1 July 2022 - 8 Sept 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday12:00
12:30
2 hour Iron Bridge Cruise - Weekend Sailings (14 Sept 2022 - 29 Sept 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday12:00
14:30

Awards

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

Directions

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

TripAdvisor

TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4 of 5 stars
    • Excellent
      172
    • Very Good
      124
    • Average
      46
    • Poor
      19
    • Terrible
      10

    Recent Reviews:

    • Roger G
      Glasgow, United Kingdom
      Delightful and Informative Cruise with Great Ambience
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 7th October 2021
      A fine looking boat and a good price for a cruise up the river. You can combine it with a trip on the open top buses and get a reduction. The cruise was very relaxing and the narration over the... Read full review
    • 73melk
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Half Hour Boat Tour
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 7th October 2021
      We prebooked as a birthday treat and it was delightful! Very informative, fun, and Paul was fab! Thankyou for a great time! Read full review
    • Karen M
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Excellent in every way
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 13th October 2021
      We came to Chester to celebrate my birthday and as a huge fan of boat trips could not resist. It was excellent and I can't wait to return for the two hour trip. Read full review

    Facilities

    Accessibility

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

    Attraction Facilities

    • All Weather Attraction

    Catering

    • 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

    What's Nearby

    1. ChesterBoat - Two-Hour Iron Bridge Cruise

      Step aboard the Mark Twain or the Lady Diana for a two-hour cruise that’s a real treat.…

      0.01 miles away
    2. ChesterBoat - Half Hour City Cruises

      This tranquil half-hour cruise long the River Dee departs from The Groves. From there,…

      0.01 miles away
    3. St John the Baptist Chester

      Open daily to the public, the architecture is priceless.

      0.1 miles away
    1. The River Dee

      The river is 70 miles long and stretches through Wales and Chester. On the bank of the…

      0.12 miles away
    2. Chester City Walls

      The city walls are the oldest, longest and most complete in Britain, parts of which are…

      0.14 miles away
    3. Chester Cycle Tours

      Chester Cycle Tours provide the bikes, you provide the pedal-power!

      0.19 miles away
    4. Breakout Chester

      Breakout is a real-life escape room game based in the centre of Chester. Locked inside a…

      0.2 miles away
    5. Chester History and Heritage

      Chester History and Heritage is the first place to contact to discover your local…

      0.2 miles away
    6. Cruise - Nightclub and Bars

      Cruise is Chester's biggest nightclub, with 6 rooms over 3 floors, all offering a…

      0.22 miles away
    7. Chester Boat Hire

      Chester Boat Hire is located on the banks of the River Dee at Chester, only a five minute…

      0.23 miles away
    8. City Sightseeing Open Top Tour

      Discover the rich history of Chester with City Sightseeing open top bus tour.

      0.23 miles away
    9. Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway

      Grosvenor Park Miniature Railway Website is a 7¼” gauge railway located only a few…

      0.24 miles away
    10. Grosvenor Park

      Grosvenor Park is a grade II* registered, green flag award winning park dating back to…

      0.24 miles away
    11. The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor

      The Spa at The Chester Grosvenor invites you to experience a luxurious and tranquil haven…

      0.24 miles away
    12. Grosvenor Museum

      The Grosvenor Museum is full of surprises which tell the stories of Cheshire from…

      0.24 miles away
    Previous Next

    Related

    City Sightseeing Open Top Tour, Chester Centre

    Saturday, 2nd April 2022 - Saturday, 2nd April 2022

    Saturday, 4th June 2022 - Saturday, 4th June 2022

    Saturday, 6th August 2022 - Saturday, 6th August 2022

    Saturday, 8th October 2022 - Saturday, 8th October 2022

    60s, 70s & 80s Rewind Party Cruise
    more info

    Chester Weir and the Old Dee BridgeChesterBoat - Half Hour City Cruises, Chester

    Aldford Iron Bridge on the Duke of Westminster's Eaton EstateChesterBoat - Two-Hour Iron Bridge Cruise

    Saturday, 23rd October 2021 - Saturday, 23rd October 2021

    Saturday, 12th March 2022 - Saturday, 12th March 2022

    Saturday, 28th May 2022 - Saturday, 28th May 2022

    Saturday, 30th July 2022 - Saturday, 30th July 2022

    Saturday, 1st October 2022 - Saturday, 1st October 2022

    Mowtown Party Cruise
    more info

    Saturday, 30th April 2022 - Saturday, 30th April 2022

    Saturday, 2nd July 2022 - Saturday, 2nd July 2022

    Saturday, 20th August 2022 - Saturday, 20th August 2022

    Saturday, 29th October 2022 - Saturday, 29th October 2022

    ChesterBoat Christmas Party Nights Afloat Lady Diana BoatSounds of the 70s & 80s Party Cruise
    more info

    Saturday, 19th March 2022 - Saturday, 19th March 2022

    Saturday, 16th April 2022 - Saturday, 16th April 2022

    Saturday, 14th May 2022 - Saturday, 14th May 2022

    Saturday, 18th June 2022 - Saturday, 18th June 2022

    Saturday, 16th July 2022 - Saturday, 16th July 2022

    Saturday, 17th September 2022 - Saturday, 17th September 2022

    Saturday, 15th October 2022 - Saturday, 15th October 2022

    Saturday, 12th November 2022 - Saturday, 12th November 2022

    Mamma Mia Party Cruise
    more info

    Saturday, 9th April 2022 - Saturday, 9th April 2022

    Saturday, 11th June 2022 - Saturday, 11th June 2022

    Saturday, 3rd September 2022 - Saturday, 3rd September 2022

    ChesterBoat Christmas Party Nights Afloat Lady Diana Boat80s Pop Party Cruise
    more info

    Saturday, 5th March 2022 - Saturday, 5th March 2022

    Saturday, 7th May 2022 - Saturday, 7th May 2022

    Saturday, 9th July 2022 - Saturday, 9th July 2022

    Saturday, 10th September 2022 - Saturday, 10th September 2022

    Saturday, 5th November 2022 - Saturday, 5th November 2022

    ChesterBoat Christmas Party Nights Afloat Lady Diana BoatHits of the 90s Party Cruise
    more info

    Saturday, 30th October 2021 - Saturday, 30th October 2021

    Saturday, 13th November 2021 - Saturday, 13th November 2021

    90s to Now Party Cruise
    more info

    Don't Miss

    Don't Miss

    Don't Miss

    Don't Miss

    Don't Miss

    Don't Miss

    Don't Miss

    Don't Miss

    Don't Miss