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 2022 - 3 Nov 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00
2 hour Iron Bridge Cruise - Weekend Sailings (14 Sept 2022 - 29 Sept 2022)
DayTimes
Monday - FridayClosed
Saturday - Sunday12:00
14:30
2 hour Iron Bridge Cruise (1 July 2023 - 8 Sept 2023)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday12:00
12:30

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
      187
    • Very Good
      127
    • Average
      49
    • Poor
      19
    • Terrible
      10

    Recent Reviews:

    • Jim W
      Schonaich, Germany
      Trip Type:
      Family
      What A Perfect Day For A Cruise With Our Granddaughter!
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 11th September 2022
      My wife and I recently visited the charming city of Chester so I could meet my granddaughter. She had been there for her birth and several times after, but I was unable to due to work. We took her on... Read full review
    • sunflowerl195
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Lovely relaxing boat trip
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 18th September 2022
      Went on the 30minute boat trip very relaxing commentary informative without being boring enjoyed the atmosphere would recommend it Read full review
    • 567suzieg
      Holmes Chapel, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Fun night (mamma mia party) but don't expect high standards
      3 of 5 stars
      Friday, 23rd September 2022
      Had a great night on the mamma mia party but some things could be better. We were offered a small glass of either rose or white wine on arrival, which was nice. Food was not good, "bbq buffet" was a... 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

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