Private Boat Hire

City Dock Tour

Perfect for a guided tour exploring Bristol’s fascinating maritime history or a short cruise with reception drinks to follow your wedding ceremony or bring your conference to a close.

This trip can depart from any public landing stage in the Floating Harbour and works well with a visit to other dockside attractions. An informative and entertaining live commentary can be provided on request.

Please note that this cruise does not provide views of Clifton Suspension Bridge.

All boats have a fully licensed bar so we do not allow you to bring your own drinks. We can provide a range of catering options for you to enjoy on board.

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1 or 1.5 Hours

Historical Sites

Licensed Bar Onboard

Catering by Arrangement

Live Commentary on Request

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Create your perfect Trip

Our packages are designed to offer you the most flexibility and customisation, ensuring your boat trip is tailor-made for you.

To create your perfect boat trip follow these steps and then complete the enquiry form:

  • Review your preferred boat from our fleet below.
  • Decide on the duration of your trip to ensure it fits perfectly with your plans.
  • Add any required catering options to enhance your experience.
  • Lastly, let us know your preferred dates.

Please note: During ‘Spring Tides’ access to the river may be restricted. Call our office or submit an enquiry to check availability and tides for your preferred date.

Prices are calculated based on your chosen boat, the duration of your trip, and the final number of passengers.

A deposit of £150 is required to secure your booking in the diary. The remaining balance will then be due on the day of the trip.

 

Boat Options

Tower Belle

Cruise Duration
Min Charge
(0-42 Persons)
Additional Persons
(Per Head)
Flat Rate
(53-95 Persons)
1hr Cruise
£462.00
£11.00
£583.00
1.5hr Cruise
£577.50
£13.75
£728.75
2hr Cruise
£693.00
£16.50
£874.50
3hr Cruise
£924.00
£22.00
£1,166.00

Flower of Bristol or Bagheera

Cruise Duration
Min Charge
(0-22 Persons)
Additional Persons
(Per Head)
Flat Rate
(35-50 Persons)
1hr Cruise
£242.00
£11.00
£385.00
1.5hr Cruise
£302.50
£13.75
£481.25
2hr Cruise
£363.00
£16.50
£577.50
3hr Cruise
£484.00
£22.00
£770.00

Redshank

Cruise Duration
Min Charge
(0-22 Persons)
Additional Persons
(Per Head)
Flat Rate
(32-45 Persons)
1hr Cruise
£242.00
£11.00
£352.00
1.5hr Cruise
£302.50
£13.75
£440.00
2hr Cruise
£363.00
£16.50
£528.00
3hr Cruise
£484.00
£22.00
£704.00

Hydrogenesis

Cruise Duration
Flat Rate
(0-12 Persons)
Package with Prosecco,
& Nibbles
1hr Cruise
£220.00
£275.00
1.5hr Cruise
£275.00
£330.00
2hr Cruise
£330.00
£385.00
3hr Cruise
£440.00
£495.00

Food and Drink options

If you desire onboard catering for your private cruise, you can choose from one of the following catering menus to be arranged or delivered for your guests. We are happy to offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free alternatives wherever possible.

Onboard Catering
Per Person
Welcome Prosecco
£5.75
Savoury Nibbles
£5.50
Cream Tea
£8.75
Afternoon Tea
£15.00
Fish & Chips
£13.75
Wood-Fired Pizzas
£15.00
Boathouse Buffet
£19.50

Onboard Bar

  • Every boat has a fully licensed bar on board serving a range of bottled beverages.
  • Arrange a free bar, or purchase drinks individually.
  • Cash and card payments are accepted on board.

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Send Enquiry

Enquiries made through our form are viewed every day and we will respond as quickly as possible.

Or if you prefer contact us directly to discuss your options, check availability or make a booking.

Catering Required

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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.