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Public Boat Trips and Tours

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City Dock Tour (45 mins)

Discover the fascinating history and contemporary culture of Bristol’s Floating Harbour on this classic 45 min tour.

Adult Price: £10.25

Schedule: Weekends (weather permitting) and daily during the Summer season and School Holidays.

Avon Gorge Cruise (3h 30m)

Relax and unwind on the river as you enjoy spectacular views of Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge.

Adult Price: £25.00

Schedule: March to December. The timetable is tide dependent, please check the calendar for upcoming dates.

Cream Tea Cruise (2 hours)

Cruise through the Floating Harbour on the original course of the Avon while enjoying our famous cream tea with all the trimmings.

Adult Price: £25.75

Schedule: Sunday & Bank Holiday Monday from March to October, plus Wednesdays from April to September.

Lunch Trip to Beeses (4 hours)

Enjoy a leisurely cruise up the river with a 90min stop for lunch at this popular destination on the banks of the picturesque Avon.

Adult Price: £23.50

Schedule: Fridays & Bank Holiday Monday from 29th March to 11th October 2024.

Evening Cruise to Beeses (3 hours)

Cruise upstream for a late afternoon beverage of your choice at this popular destination on the picturesque banks of the Avon.

Adult Price: £20.25

Schedule: Sundays from 31st March to 13th October 2024.

Pub Lunch Cruise to Hanham Mills (5h 15m)

Choose from two lunch options at Hanham: The Old Lock and Weir and the Chequers Inn.

Adult Price: £26.00

Schedule: Thursdays from May to September, and every Tuesday & Thursday from June to August 2024.

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!
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
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.
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.
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.