Take a journey on board one of these awesome boat trips and experience some of the prettiest waterways the UK has to offer. Cruise along the River Avon, Oxford Canal and more and discover breath-taking city and countryside views – simply glorious. Add to the ease of your day out by travelling by train to reach these five must-visit riverside destinations.
For incredible views of Windsor Castle, head to Windsor Promenade and enjoy a 40-minute French Brothers river cruise. With plenty of seating on-board, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to take in some of the finest views the historic market town has to offer. Sail upstream to Boveney Lock and catch a glimpse of the famous castle, Eton College, Mill House, Windsor Racecourse and the Brocas Meadows on your return. Adult tickets bought on the day cost £9.50.
There are lots of great things to see and do in Bath but a firm favourite has to be a boat trip across the River Avon from Pulteney Weir – and the weir makes for a great #instapic should you be feeling snap happy. Cruise from Bath to the village of Bathampton on a twin-decked boat and see if you can spot any wildlife en route: swans, herons, kingfishers and even otters have made homes for themselves along the Avon. Adult tickets cost £10.
Oxford River Cruises
Departing from the moorings at The Folly, you’ll experience a 50-minute sightseeing tour along the Thames and Oxford’s university regatta course. With breath-taking architectural sights such as the world-famous Christ Church College and Christ Church Meadow, you can learn all about the history of the river and its surrounding scenery from your knowledgeable skipper. Adult tickets cost £12.
Hobbs of Henley
Hop on-board a one-hour river trip with Hobbs of Henley and experience the scenic delights that surround the beautiful riverside market town of Henley-on-Thames. Come rain or shine, simply turn up at Hobbs’ boatyard at Station Road and enjoy a round trip past the Henley Promenade and the award-winning River and Rowing Museum, up to Marsh Lock and beyond, taking in the picturesque views as you sail on by. Adult tickets cost £10.50.
Stuart Line Cruises
Take a morning or afternoon cruise on this one-way boat trip along the Exeter Canal. Going either direction from Exmouth to Exeter, you’ll sail along at a super-relaxing pace with views of lush green countryside and wildlife to boot. For your return journey there are ample public transport links within a few minutes’ walk including train stations at both Exmouth and Exeter. The cruise lasts for 2.5 hours and costs £12 per adult.