Bristol Packet Boat Trips

Public Boat Trips


City Docks Tour

Discover the fascinating history and contemporary culture of Bristol’s Floating Harbour on this 45 min tour. Informative and entertaining commentary given on board.

Runs every weekend throughout the year and daily during Summer and School Holidays (weather permitting). Please call 0117 926 8157 to check if running.

Spaces on these trips are not bookable in advance. Tickets can be purchased on the day from Bristol Packet office, on the boat or at Tourist Information Centre.

Fare: Adult £6.75 Senior £6.25 Child £4.50 Family £19.50

Departure Time
SS Great Britain, BS1 6UN
11:00 am 11:45 am 12:30 pm 2:15 pm 3:00 pm 3:45 pm
Packet Pontoon Watershed
11:15 am 12:00 noon 12:45 pm 2:30 pm 3:15 pm 4:00 pm

Tea Trip To Beese's Tea and Beer Gardens

Escape the city and cruise upstream to this popular riverside destination with an hour stop at Beese's for cream teas and other refreshments.
This cruise runs every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday from 1st April to end of September, and every Friday during School Holidays.

Please note: Refreshments at Beese's are not included in ticket price.

Advanced booking highly recommended.

Fare: Adult £14.00 Senior £12.00 Child £9.00 Concession £12.00 Family £39.00
Departure Departs Returns
Wapping Wharf (SS Great Britain), BS1 6UN 2:00 pm 5:50 pm
Bristol Packet Pontoon (Watershed), BS1 5TX 2:15 pm 5:35 pm


Lunch Trip to Beese's Tea and Beer Gardens

Cruise up the rural River Avon to Beese's with a 90min stop for lunch. Available every Friday from May to mid-September.

Please note: Refreshments at Beese's are not included in ticket price.

Advanced booking highly recommended.

Fare: Adult £14.00 Senior £12.00 Child £9.00 Concession £12.00 Family £39.00
Departure Departs Returns
Wapping Wharf (SS Great Britain), BS1 6UN 10:45 am 3:00 pm
Bristol Packet Pontoon (Watershed), BS1 5TX 11:00 am 2:45 pm


Cream Tea Cruise

Take in the sights and hear about Bristol’s rich maritime history while enjoying one of our famous freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam.

Running every Wednesday afternoon from June to September. Cream Tea included in ticket price.

Advanced booking essential.

Fare: Adult £16.00 Senior £14.50 Child £11.00 Concession £14.50
Departure Departs Returns
Wapping Wharf (SS Great Britain), BS1 6UN 2:30 pm 4:15 pm
Bristol Packet Pontoon (Watershed), BS1 5TX 2:45 pm 4:30 pm


Avon Gorge Cruises

Spectacular views of Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge as you head downstream towards the Bristol Channel. Passengers are welcome to bring their own picnic. Tea, coffee, snacks and fully licenced bar on board.

Advanced booking highly recommended.

Departs and Returns: Wapping Wharf (SS Great Britain), BS1 6UN

Fare: Adult £17.50 Senior £15.50 Child £13.50 Concession £15.50


Riverside Pub Lunch Cruise

Travel upstream on the beautiful rural Avon and through Hanham Lock, with an hour stop at Hanham Weir for lunch at the Old Lock and Weir or Chequers Inn, or bring your own picnic.
Every Thursday from June to mid-September and every Tuesday & Thursday during Summer Holidays.

Advanced booking highly recommended.

Fare: Adult £16.00 Senior £14.00 Child £9.50 Concession £14.00 Family £45.00

Departure Departs Returns
Wapping Wharf (SS Great Britain), BS1 6UN 11:00 am 4:00 pm
Bristol Packet Pontoon (Watershed), BS1 5TX 11:15 am 3:45 pm


Bristol to Bath

By popular request. One way six hour river cruise from Bristol to Bath. Full bar on board, stop at Jolly Sailor in Saltford for lunch or bring a picnic to eat on board.

Advanced booking essential.

Departing: Wapping Wharf (SS Great Britain), BS1 6UN 9:30am
Arriving: City of Bath 3.30pm-4.00pm.

Fare: Adult £31.50 Senior £29.00 Child £24.00 Concession £29.00



Child = 5 to 16 years old. Senior = over 60's. Family = 2 Adults & 2 Children


Gift Vouchers Online

  • Gift Vouchers for boat trips are now available to buy online. Perfect for a Birthday present or celebration.