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Packages for Travel Groups

Our guided tours and cruises are the perfect way to introduce your travel group to the City of Bristol. Our all-weather comfortable boats have everything you need.

All our boat tours feature live commentary, WC facilities and a fully licenced bar.

City Dock Tour

Discover the fascinating history and contemporary culture of Bristol’s Floating Harbour on this classic 60 min tour. This trip works really well with a visit to other Harbourside attractions such as the SS Great Britain, MShed, We The Curious, Cabot Circus or Underfall Yard.

Duration: 1 hour

Avon Gorge Cruise

Relax and unwind on the river as you enjoy spectacular views of Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge. This trip includes a passage through the Floating Harbour, locking onto the tidal Avon in the wake of a 1000 years of shipping.

Duration: 3.5 hours

Cream Teas Cruise

Take in the sights and hear about Bristol’s rich maritime history while enjoying our freshly baked scones with clotted cream and jam, a slice of cake, and a cup of tea or coffee.This cruise takes you through the Harbour and (tides permitting) on to rural stretches of the Avon.

Duration: 2 hours

River Cruise

Travel through the City past famous Harbourside landmarks and upstream onto rural stretches of the Avon past riverbanks and weeping willows. Our informative commentary is the perfect way to introduce your group to Bristol’s maritime history and its origins.

Duration: 2 hours

Package Prices

The below rates are for a private hire with exclusive use of a boat for a minimum of 25 passengers.

If you have less than 25 passengers we recommend that you reserve a block of spaces on one of our public timetabled trips at the concessionary ticket price.

Trip
Cruise Duration
Price
(Per Head)
Avon Gorge Cruise
3.5hr Cruise
£23.00
City Dock Tour
1hr Cruise
£9.50
Cream Tea Cruise
2hr Cruise
£23.00
River Cruise
2hr Cruise
£15.00

Onboard Bar

  • Every boat has a fully licensed bar on board serving beer and 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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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

We can depart from any public landing stage in the Floating Harbour. There is good access for coaches to drop off passengers at the Bristol Packet Office next to the SS Great Britain, and a limited amount of coach parking in the Maritime Heritage Centre (SS Great Britain) car park, or on Cumberland Road nearby.

We cannot guarantee that there will be space for your coach to park and all parking is subject to the standard tariffs set by Bristol City Council.

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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.