Private Boat Charter

Charter Our Boats for a Private Party or Event

Charter any of our boats for a private event or celebration on Bristol’s Floating Harbour and rural stretches of the Avon. Whatever the weather or the occasion our beautiful and distinctive boats will make your private event an experience to remember.

Each trip can be tailored to your individual needs and every boat features a fully licensed bar, WC and music facilities as standard.

Whether you’re looking for a classic ‘Booze Cruise’ for your birthday, a drinks reception for your conference, or a Cream Tea Cruise for your community group we have everything you need.

onboard catering

We offer full catering options for private charters and events.

Current Hire Packages

Below is a selection example of sample tours that can form the basis of an event or party.  However, or if you’re looking for something a bit more unusual please contact us to discuss your requirements and we will do our best to accommodate you.

River Cruise

Leave the city behind and travel upstream onto rural stretches of the beautiful Avon. Cruise through picturesque woodland and a nature reserve, keeping your eye out for Herons.

Duration: 2-3 hours

Harbourside Pub Cruise

Take a leisurely cruise of Bristol’s Floating Harbour, with fantastic views of local historic landmarks from the water and stop off at a classic Harbourside pub or two along the way.

Duration: 2-3 hours

City Dock Tour

A short Harbour cruise perfect as a historic tour with commentary or as a drinks reception for your wedding or conference guests.

Duration: 60 or 90 mins

Avon Gorge Cruise

Enjoy dramatic views of Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge as you cruise downstream towards the Bristol Channel.

Duration: 3.5 hours

Ferry Transfer

The perfect way to transport your guests between harbourside venues or drop off your party at a riverside destination.

Duration: Subject to destination

Boats & Bubbles

Experience a customized cruise on the Hydrogenesis, exploring Bristol docks with your own music and treats. Perfect for intimate groups up to 12, featuring Prosecco and nibbles.

Katie
Katie
7 May 2024
Great for special occasions, lots of fun! We had such a fabulous time on the Bagheera boat! There were 21 of us for a Hen Party, and it was a blast. The bar was well stocked, the crew were friendly, there was a microphone for us to use for games, and we could play our own music. Perfect! Booking was really simple, and communication great. Thank you!
Lynds
Lynds
3 February 2024
Do it! The boat trip was fabulous, thank you to Jude. There were only five of us for my sister’s hen do. We got to play our own music, chill have fun and not worry about anyone or anything else
S S
S S
18 December 2023
Excellent views of the city I went on one of these boats at the end of a self-guided tour of the harbourside. It was absolutely lovely. I'm not great with mobility, but I was helped onto and off the boat. What a good way to see the city!
David P
David P
8 September 2023
Must do trip when in Bristol We went on the Avon Gorge tour today 8th September. With Will as our guide,Steve the driver and Joe doing everything else. They were all fabulous and the trip well worth the money. Will was balanced giving out really good information through the trip with humour. The views were fabulous and we were very lucky with weather. Would recommend the trip
Esther W
Esther W
28 August 2023
fun fact after fun fact! lovely lil float around the dock learning a lot about the city! went on the 45 min boat ride and it was indeed fun fact after fun fact, cheers jude!
anthony w
anthony w
14 August 2023
Well worth going to the sites from the river and for Neville's commentry The weather was poor but it did not spoil the pleasure of this trip from SS Great Britain to the Bristol Channel. We were treated to an interesting and entertaining commentary from Neville. His knowledge of facts and noteworthy events was superb. But he did not lecture us, it was a delightful 3hrs, thank you Neville.
EmmaSuze1
EmmaSuze1
26 June 2023
Cracking Cream Tea We met friends for the 2 hour cream tea cruise. The scones were delicious and quite possibly the best I have ever had. The lemon drizzle cake and chocolate brownie were also full of flavour. It was a great sightseeing tour and a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon, seeing parts of Bristol we may never have see on foot. Our guide was very knowledgeable and engaged well with the passengers. She was interesting, friendly and funny and pointed out many of the moored boats and their history along the way. This trip made our weekend in Bristol even more memorable.
WalesSam
WalesSam
4 June 2023
Highly recommend… Wanted to do a boat trip around the harbour with my 8 year old Son and saw the good reviews. So glad we chose this trip- 45 mins around the harbour. Only £15 for both of us. Very interesting and enjoyable. Lovely comfortable boat, friendly crew. Would highly recommend and would do this again.
Karen P
Karen P
3 June 2023
Fabulous Evening I arranged a 3 hour boat trip for 30+ work colleagues. The crew were excellent: friendly, helpful and fun. We had 2 pub stops to the Grain Barge and Kings Road where we did not feel rushed in any way to get back to the boat. There was plenty of room onboard and plenty of choice at the bar. Everyone had a fantastic time and I’m sure we will have other trips in future. Thank you Bristol Packet Tours!
tracy s
tracy s
1 June 2023
A perfect afternoon on the water. This 45 minute boat trip is a perfect way to explore Bristol's beautiful and historic harbour. Our hosts George and Archie were fantastic, engaging and knowledgeable. They delivered a perfect tour with great facts and were able to answer our questions and provide a lovely glass of wine. Will definitely be booking the longer pub lunch trip next time we are in Bristol.