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  • Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

    1. Liverpool: 50-Minute Mersey River Cruise

    From the Beatles performing on the Riverboat Shuffle cruises in the early 1960s to tales of smuggling, Mersey Ferries carry a cargo of memories. On this 50-minute cruise, you’ll sit back and enjoy the fascinating commentary and absorb the heritage. There is simply no better way to enjoy Liverpool’s iconic waterfront than from the deck of a legendary Mersey Ferry. Learn about the history of the Mersey Ferries and the Beatles, who performed 4 times on board the Royal Iris. The performances spanned 3 distinct periods in the development of the renowned group. The first ferry performance was on a cruise in August 1961, when the Beatles were still wearing leather. In August of the following year, they performed again, changing their image to a more clean-cut look, sporting suits, and ties. Their final ferry show was on 28 September 1962, featuring Ringo on drums. By this time they had recorde...

    Great experience loads to see ,smooth ride , definitely do again , value for money

  • York: Self-Drive Red Boats

    2. York: Self-Drive Red Boats

    Enjoy a leisurely one hour hire, exploring York from the helm of your own self-drive motorboat. Become a captain and explore the sites of York’s riverside in style. Your private boat can accommodate up to 6 people and will provide plenty of room for you all to head out on your own aquatic adventure, exploring the same river that brought the Vikings to this beautiful city. You will receive full instructions on how to operate your motor boat along with safety and river rules, whilst life jackets will be provided for any children. Your boat operating area is along a route that will along you to take in the whole city from the river within the one hour. Additionally, on a half hour hire you can operate within this area and will be able to take in most of the built up section of the Ouse, or make your way down stream to the Millennium Bridge and back to the moorings again. Please note that...

    Pre booked our boat, we were 10minutes early but no problem. Shown the controls & route & away we went. Great hour up & down the Ouse. We had 6 adults & plenty of space for all.

  • York: River Ouse City Cruise Anytime Ticket

    3. York: River Ouse City Cruise Anytime Ticket

    The York City Cruise provides an entertaining and informative tour of the historic city as seen from the River Ouse. Enjoy the sights from a different perspective as a friendly and knowledgeable team guides you leisurely up and downstream. Your cruise departs from the King's Staith landing. Admire the scenery from the comfort of the enclosed saloon or the upper deck and treat yourself to a refreshing drink from the bar. The duration of the cruise is either 45 minutes or 1 hour and is determined by the weather on the day and by demand. Your ticket will be valid for whatever duration is offered on the day of your visit. Typically the 1-hour cruise follows a route that heads upstream to Clifton Bridge on the northern outskirts of York city and then downstream as far as the Millennium Bridge on the city’s southern outskirts, before returning back upstream to the original landing stage. Th...

    Very informative experience in a restful atmosphere (assisted by the good weather we had). Your pilot/captain was very good and made the trip most enjoyable.

  • Skipton: 2-Hour Afternoon Tea Cruise

    4. Skipton: 2-Hour Afternoon Tea Cruise

    Climb aboard a luxury canal boat and enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise. Start your cruise with a glass of prosecco, then sit back and enjoy the beautiful scenery outside your window. There is a fully-licensed bar onboard, serving alcoholic and soft drinks, including local beers. During the 2-hour cruise on the Leeds and Liverpool canal, afternoon tea will be served at your table. Savor delicious selection of sandwiches, fruit scones with strawberry jam and cream, and decadent desserts. Enjoy unlimited tea and coffee along with your food.

    Exactly as advertised, well-organised 2 hr trip through interesting countryside. Great tea with sparkling wine. Well worth the drive. Friendly, knowledgeable staff.

  • From Poole to Swanage: 2-Hour Jurassic Coastal Cruise

    5. From Poole to Swanage: 2-Hour Jurassic Coastal Cruise

    Begin your trip at Poole Harbour and board an open deck boat fitted with seating and comfortable saloons. From here, you will be taken on a journey through 185 million years of history along the Jurassic Coastline. On your cruise pass a number of Dorset's most famous landmarks like the golden beaches of Sandbanks, Brownsea Island, and the Old Harry Rocks, named after a notorious pirate. Enjoy expert commentary from your captains as you glide by. Once reaching Swanage, head back towards Poole and capture the perfect picture of the famous chalk formations from the boat's outer deck.

    Extremely good value for money with beautiful scenery and interesting facts given by the Skipper. Definitely go again!!!

  • Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

    6. Cambridge: Guided Punting Tour

    This 45-minute chauffeured punting tour covers the entire length of the River Cam, along which the colleges of Cambridge University are located. Soak up more than 800 years of history as you take in the historic sights. Relax in the comfortable seats that feature traditional cushions and blankets. Enjoy interesting historic commentary from your chauffeur, along with some amusing Cambridge punting stories. The 7 colleges featured on the tour boast some of the most illustrious and influential alumni to have graduated from Cambridge. Hear tales of student life, academic and social, from Isaac Newton to Prince Charles.

    Really enjoyed this private punting trip. The guide expertly sailed us through all the boats and gave a non-intrusive commentary on all the colleges. Would thoroughly recommend.

  • London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

    7. London: Westminster to Greenwich River Thames Cruise

    Board your pleasure boat at Westminster Pier and cruise to Greenwich to see London's historical sights from the River Thames. Boats depart every 40 minutes between May and August and journey past iconic sights such as the Houses of Parliament, Tower Bridge, and the Tate Modern. Admire the pyramid-structure of The Shard and see other monuments from London's historic waterway. Listen to the live audio commentary as you sit back and relax. Benefit from the comfort of a modern but traditional vessel. Head to the open deck for panoramic views of London's landmarks. A full Westminster to Greenwich cruise takes approximately 1 hour, while a return cruise takes 2 hours in total. Feel free to explore the charms of Greenwich on your own terms, and see sights such as Greenwich Market, the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park and the Royal Observatory which are all within easy walk...

    Joined the cruise boat at Westminster Pier the boarding went smoothly. The crew were friendly and the commentary was amusing but informative. Really enjoyed the trip downriver to Greenwich. We had a walk around and pie & mash at Goddards before returning to Westminster

  • Manchester: 60-Minute River Cruise

    8. Manchester: 60-Minute River Cruise

    Climb aboard a pleasure boat in central Manchester and embark on a trip from the heart of Manchester's old docklands into the center of the city. See sights from the modern Media City, now home to the BBC and the new home of ITV's Coronation Street, to the imposing Old Trafford football stadium and George Stephenson’s 1830 railway bridge. Pass by the first of the 120 meter long locks of the Manchester Ship Canal, and admire the impressive Imperial War Museum and old Pomona Docks before heading into the heart of Manchester along the River Irwell. Listen to a full commentary that describes the history of the Manchester Ship Canal and the industries that made the city one of the powerhouses of Europe in the 19th century. Hear about the exciting future now being built.

    Thoroughly enjoyed our river cruise. Staff were friendly and the views were super. The commentary offered a good knowledge of our whereabouts as we sailed along the River Irwell.

  • Bath: 25-Minute City Boat Trip to Pulteney Bridge

    9. Bath: 25-Minute City Boat Trip to Pulteney Bridge

    Come aboard a short cruise down the River Avon, passing all the best sights and taking some time to relax along the way. On sunny days, the cockpit roof will be open to the sun, and on cooler days, the coal fire will keep the saloon toasty warm. As you glide through the water in an authentic and lovingly-restored 1960's cruiser, your skipper will point out key attractions. Pass the entrance to the Kennet and Avon Canal, which links London with the Bristol Channel, and cruise under the North Parade Bridge. Look out for nesting peregrine falcons at the 19th-century St. John's Church. Marvel at views of Pulteney Bridge, the rushing dam, and the architecture of the city center, including 17th-century Bath Abbey. There, the cruiser will pause to allow time to take in the view. From Pulteney Bridge, you'll then turn and head back downriver. Pass under the Halfpenny Bridge and see the spot wh...

    Short but enjoyable trip up the river to the weir and back. Not expensive and a pleasant way to pass half an hour.

  • Chester: Half-Hour City Cruise

    10. Chester: Half-Hour City Cruise

    From the moorings at The Groves, Chester, you will head upstream under the Queen's Park Suspension Bridge and past the city's rowing clubs. You will then follow the sweeping bend of the Earl's Eye, passing some stunning riverside properties, and turn around at the city limits. On the return journey, the commentary details the history behind some of the more interesting riverside buildings, and the city's rich Roman, Medieval, and industrial heritage. The cruises will then finish with a great view of Chester Weir and the Old Dee Bridge, before disembarking back at The Groves.

    We booked on line the morning we decided to go ( it was a beautiful day), parked in Broughton Park and Ride, getting off by The Barrs. The river is well signed from the Main Street, and you can walk down there - we walked through Grosvenor Park, but if you head for the clock tower you can climb up to the walls from there and have a really nice walk past some Roman remains down to the river. We headed for the boat ( Mark Twain in our case), showed the person in the cabin our booking on the phone, and climbed upstairs. I would recommend going upstairs if you can because you have a really good view of the gardens and buildings on the river bank.. A commentary runs with interesting facts about the buildings - a fascinating insight. After 15 minutes we turned round and headed back. It was just a very pleasant half hour on a lovely afternoon. And then an ice cream - try Sugbury’s , a local firm and absolutely delicious!!

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What people are saying about England

Really enjoyed this private punting trip. The guide expertly sailed us through all the boats and gave a non-intrusive commentary on all the colleges. Would thoroughly recommend.

Really relaxed trip with excellent well presented commentary and just the right length of time at 2 hours so glad we decided to go

We enjoyed our little tour, really nice experience. I can recommend to all people visiting for the first time but even Londoners

A lovely little trip. The guides were very informative and friendly , telling us a lot of the history of the river.

Lovely relaxing boat trip with 2 glasses of Prosecco. Very friendly informative guide. Would recommend.