- Money & shopping
- Concerns & safety
- Packing & gear
Enjoy a different view of the glorious heart of Bath, one of England's most beautiful cities and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on this 25-minute river trip in a traditional river cruiser. Relax with your small group of no more than eight people on the lovingly refurbished boat as you admire sights including Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey.
Board your craft at Broad Quay, on the River Avon in the heart of Bath, at 10am, 3pm, or 4:30pm. On sunny days, the cockpit roof will be open to the sunshine, while on cooler days the real coal fire will keep the saloon toasty warm.
As you cruise the river in this authentic and lovingly restored 1960s Broads Cruiser, your skipper will point out the key attractions. You'll see the entrance to the Kennet and Avon Canal, which links London with the Bristol Channel, and cruise under North Parade Bridge. Look out for nesting peregrine falcons at 19th-century St. John's Church, and marvel at the views of Pulteney Bridge, the rushing weir, and the city center architecture, including 17th-century Bath Abbey.
From Pulteney Bridge you'll turn and head back downriver. Pass under Halfpenny Bridge and see the location where the old wharves used to stand, the central point of Bath's trading links with Bristol since the eighteenth century.
Finally, return to Broad Quay where you'll disembark at either 10:25am, 3:25pm, or 4:55pm.
You will travel on the river Avon from Bath, first up stream to see the historic sights including Pulteney Bridge and Bath Abbey before heading downstream through the historic industrial area and to the outskirts of the countryside with the opportunity to see the riverside wildlife on this relaxing cruise.
Your destination, The Locksbrook Inn, which first opened in 1738 to provide refreshments to the men pulling the barges. It is a friendly and relaxed riverside pub offering the ideal place to relax, eat, drink and chat, out of the buzzing town centre. We will make a reservation inside for you but on arrival you can choose to sit outside. The menu has a great selection of food to choose from, beers and wines. Please note: the lunch is not included in the price.
You will leave the departure point at 11am, arriving at the Locksbrook Inn at 12 midday. You will return to the boat at 1.30pm when tea, coffee or soft drink is available on-board free of charge. You will arrive back in central Bath at 2pm.
The 1960's traditional cruiser has a cozy capacity of 10 passengers and you can relax in the saloon or join the skipper in the cockpit, where the roof will be open on sunny days and on cooler days you will be kept warm and cozy with a real stove fire in the saloon. Your skipper will be pleased to tell you more about the history and the river as you cruise.
Henry Liddell, the Dean of Christ Church College from the 1850s to 1891, had a duaghter in 1852 he named Alice Pleasance Liddell. The Liddell family struck up a friendship with a mathematics professor named Charles Dodgson, who would regale the Liddell sisters with elaborate fantasy tales on their boating trips down Oxford's rivers. Little Alice begged Dodgson to write some of them down, and he did, using the pename Lewis Carroll, casting a precocious seven-year old girl named "Allice" as the protagonist, and eventually publishing Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.