Bristol Packet Boat Trips

Educational Boat Trips - School Visits Bristol

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These trips are suitable and adaptable for all ages from Infant and Junior Key Stages, Secondary school projects, GCSE, 'A' levels and degree courses. The commentary is adapted to suit the requirements of the group. The City Docks and River Avon provide a rich source of geographic, historical, industrial and maritime study material. Subject areas include urban regeneration, maritime history, urban wildlife and leisure and tourism studies.

All our boats are maintained and operated to the Maritime and Coastguard Agency standards, with licenced crew.


Origins Of The City Tour

Discover the history and geography of Bristol. A one hour, five mile trip around Bristol's floating harbour in the heart of the city, fascinating for its history, industrial archaeology, Brunel association and modern redevelopment. The trip can easily be combined with a free visit to the M Shed museum.

Boat Max Passengers Charter Fee
Tower Belle 95 £210
Bagheera 55 £160
Redshank 54 £150

From The City To the Sea

This 3 hour non stop trip includes a passage through the Floating Harbour, with bridge swings, locking onto the tidal Avon following in the wake of a 1000 years of shipping. Passengers will experience dramatic views of Brunel's Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge. A 2 hour return trip is available for younger groups Call for detials 0117 926 8157. Times subject to tide.

Boat Max Passengers Charter Fee
Tower Belle 80 £450
Bagheera 50 £325

River Trips Towards Bath

Through the City Docks along the Feeder Canal through Netham Lock and onto rural stretches of the Avon, where the city meets the countryside. See herons, kingfishers and other wildlife. One hour stop for games or picnic on the riverbank at Eastwood Farm Park (3 hours) or Hanham (4 hours).

Boat Max Passengers Charter Fee
Tower Belle 3 hours 95 £450
Bagheera 3 hours 55 £325
Redshank 3 hours 54 £300


Gift Vouchers Online

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