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 2024 - 3 Nov 2024)
Monday - Sunday11:00 - 17:00
2 hour Iron Bridge Cruise (1 July 2024 - 8 Sept 2024)
Monday - Sunday12:00
2 hour Iron Bridge Cruise - Weekend Sailings (14 Sept 2024 - 29 Sept 2024)
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.



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    Recent Reviews:

    • Michael M
      Beautiful mini cruise
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 31st March 2024
      we had an hour or so to kill, so we took the 1/2 hour boat trip on the Mark Twain . What a pleasant wat to spend it on the delightful River Dee, Very informative and a really good value for money... Read full review
    • Tony G
      Trip Type:
      Not happy.
      2 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 6th April 2024
      We received a £100 Virgin Experience voucher as a wedding gift and chose to use it on this experience. I attempted to book the two hour trip with wine included. The tickets that cost £17.10 each when... Read full review
    • Amy R
      Lady Diana Boat trip with 90 children on a very blustery day!
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 16th April 2024
      We went on the Lady Diana Boat with 90 children just yesterday, 15th April 2024. It was a cold and windy day with random showers and even hail! The children were super excited and it exceeded our... 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

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    Tel: 01244 325394

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