Boat Trips in Suffolk

Spend a relaxing day cruising down the river on the Suffolk Broads or along the Suffolk Coast, enjoying the beautiful countryside and local wildlife whilst aboard a chartered passenger day boat.

In Suffolk, there are many sight-seeing boat trips, seal trips, coastal trips and broads boat cruiser companies that run a scheduled hourly service. Start in Beccles or Oulton Broad, or take a leisurely sunset cruise on one of the five main rivers in Suffolk.

Gently head upstream onboard a well equipped, comfortable and enjoyable passenger Broads Cruiser. Take in the beautiful untamed wetlands, tall reed beds and long marshes, enjoy a spot of bird watching or looking for wildlife on the riverbank, such as otters and kingfishers, then drop in to one of the delectable tearooms or pubs located along the Suffolk Rivers and Broads.

Or if you fancy a bit of seal spotting and power boating, then head out to the Suffolk Coast and the Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve, with all of the family for an enjoyable and unforgettable day

Boat Trips in Suffolk are suitable for people of all ages and capabilities, there are also a variety of Disabled Friendly crafts, catering for wheelchairs users, that can be hired with staff to provide a guided tour of the Suffolk Broads, Suffolk Rivers and Suffolk Coast.

The river Alde and river Ore form one of the most beautiful river systems in Suffolk.

Suffolk River Trips

River Trips from Orford Quay

Depart from the town quay at Orford on board Tilly and head downriver on our one hour round trip with commentary, circumnavigating the RSPB reserve at Havergate Island en route. This part of the river is very unspoilt and a haven for wildlife. For the keen birdwatchers you can expect to see Curlew, Avocet, Godwit, Terns, Sandpiper and many other species. You may also see members of the resident population of harbour seals at the entrance to the Butley River.

On the seaward side of the river, Orford Ness is a fascinating, secret place. It has played an important role in our nation’s military history and many of the buildings erected during the Cold War period are still there.

For more details on this trip please visit: https://suffolkrivertrips.com/

Snape

River Trips from Snape Maltings Quay

Depart from the historic Snape Maltings quay, where generations of Thames Barge skippers have plied their trade, hop aboard Sea Tradar or Hagar and head out through the narrows down towards Iken Cliff.

The round trip of about 45 minutes gives you the chance to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the River Alde, abundant with wildlife that changes with the seasons and stunning views across the mudflats and the reeds. For the keen birdwatchers we are now also running a shallow draft launch Hagar to enable us to get out at lower states of the tide when there are more wading birds around.

Please note that the River Alde is tidal, and so the times of the trips will vary from day to day.

For more details on this trip please visit: https://suffolkrivertrips.com/

River Stour Boat trips

These charters offer breath-taking journeys through Constable Country and the Dedham Vale. The charter charge is dependent on your requirements and the distance to travel between locations. There are various options for refreshments or meals in Dedham and Flatford/East Bergholt.

Trusty is an electric boat that can potentially accommodate up to 9 passengers along with a Skipper. She is one of the only powered craft permitted to operate between Stratford St Mary, Dedham, Flatford and Brantham. Our electric boat, Maria Constable, currently operates alongside Trusty. Whilst Dedham Lock is currently unusable, the boats operate below the lock on the stretch between Dedham Boathouse Restaurant (her mooring), Fen Bridge, Flatford, Flatford Lock, and Cattawade/Brantham.

Trips above Dedham Lock are possible aboard our electric boat, Kathleen, that can also potentially accommodate up to 9 passengers with a Skipper. She operates above Dedham Lock on the stretch between Dedham (her mooring is at Le Talbooth), Dedham Mill Pond, Stratford St Mary Mill Pond and the Roger Brown Lock (also known as Stratford St Mary Lock).

For more information please visit: https://bookwhen.com/riverstourtrust

Allen Gardener – River Orwell

Welcome to the Allen Gardiner, the River Cruise Restaurant offering Breakfast, Lunch, Sunset & Candlelit Dinner Cruises for a maximum of twelve passengers on the River Orwell from Ipswich Wet Dock at the historic Ipswich Waterfront.

Sailing all year round, including Christmas Day, the Allen Gardiner River Cruise Restaurant is designed to provide a different and exciting dining alternative to the Lady Florence experience.

As the vessel cruises the calm waters of the River Orwell, we serve freshly-prepared fine foods, some dishes with a South African slant, reflecting her seventy years of service in that country. We can accommodate special dietary requirements with prior notice. A fully stocked bar is always available, and there is a small but comprehensive wine list, including a fine selection of fine South African wines, imported directly by ourselves. 

The Allen Gardiner is available for your own exclusive private charter, or individuals may book independently, sharing with other passengers.

The River Orwell is a river of contrasts from the tranquil Suffolk scenery to the bustling international ports at Ipswich, Felixstowe and Harwich. Every cruise includes an informative commentary on both the intriguing history of the river and its environs and the wildlife which now inhabits it.

Taking up to 12 passengers on this historic 63-foot air/sea rescue launch built in 1942 with ample
space on deck and in the wheelhouse and a comfortable dining saloon.

Every cruise includes an informative commentary on both the intriguing history that made this area,
and the wildlife which now inhabits it.

The Allen Gardiner is available for private charter, or individuals may book independently, sharing with
other passengers.

Operating all year round, with a cosy coal fire in winter.

Daily Cruises
9.30am – 11.30am Breakfast
12pm – 3pm a la carte lunch
4pm – 7pm a la carte supper
7.30pm -10.30pm candlelit dinner

Visit Our website at : https://www.rivercruiserestaurants.co.uk/allen-gardiner-ipswich
We look forward to welcoming you aboard soon.

LADY FLORENCE ORFORD 

Welcome to the Lady Florence, the River Cruise Restaurant offering Breakfast, Lunch, and Supper Cruises for a maximum of twelve passengers on the Rivers Alde and Ore from Orford, regardless of tides.

Sailing all year round, with a cosy coal fire in winter, the Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant is designed to provide a different and exciting dining experience. There is ample space, both out on deck and in the elegant dining saloon. As the vessel cruises the calm waters of the Rivers Alde and Ore, we serve freshly-prepared fine foods and drink. We can accommodate special dietary requirements with prior notice. A fully stocked bar is always available, and there is a small but comprehensive wine list, including a fine selection of South African wines, imported directly by ourselves. 

The Lady Florence is available for your own exclusive private charter, or individuals may book independently, sharing with other passengers.

From the quiet serenity of winter to the bustling activity of summer, the rivers offer outstanding scenery to accompany your meal. Every cruise includes an informative commentary on both the intriguing history that made this area, and the wildlife which now inhabits it.

  • 09.30 – 11:30 Breakfast (All year).
  • 12:00 – 15:00 A la Carte Lunch (All year).
  • 16.00 – 19:00 A la Carte Supper.
  • March until mid October (times vary depending on sunset).

For more information visit the website: https://www.rivercruiserestaurants.co.uk/lady-florence-orford

Big Dog Ferries – River Waveney

Big Dog Ferry boat trips along the River Waveney

For a lazy day on the river, why not take a trip on Big Dog Ferry, which runs timetabled passenger boat trips regularly between Beccles Lido and Geldeston Locks Inn.

It is a relaxing 3 mile boat journey along the River Waveney with the opportunity to enjoy the wildlife en-route – otters, kingfishers and marsh harriers are all regular sights along the river.

Disembark and enjoy a meal, a drink or music at The Locks Inn or stay on board for a round trip.

If you’re feeling energetic you could take a one-way ticket and walk back on delightful footpaths along the Angles Way – why not visit Maisebrooke Farm in Shipmeadow?

Big Dog can also stop at the Marina or Three Rivers Campsite at Geldeston, which has attractions including the Wherry Inn and Mandy’s Famous Pickles!

For more information visit: www.bigdogferry.co.uk

Waveney River Tours

Oulton Broad lies within the new Broads National Park and is the major Broad in Suffolk. Our tours start beside Mutford Lock a restored Sea Lock which is frequently in operation allowing coastal craft access to the Broads. Based here is the Waveney Princess equipped with an open top deck and offering panoramic views over the Broadland landscape. ​Reed Warblers and Reed Buntings can often be heard singing from the reed beds as we sail past and Marsh Harriers sometimes fly with us alongside the boat. The River Waveney is famous for its floating yellow water lilies which start blooming during May.

Waveney River Tours have been sailing on Suffolk’s Broads & Rivers since 1970.

  Our friendly crew are always delighted to share their knowledge of this ecologically diverse region with you as we explore these ancient marshland landscapes.

For more information visit: https://www.waveneyrivertours.com/

Coastal Voyager

The peace and tranquillity on the river Blyth is a complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of every day life. You could quite literally be going back in time when you venture up the Blyth Estuary which is steeped in history.

If it’s adrenaline, fun and excitement you are looking for in the beautiful sleepy seaside town of Southwold you have come to the right place!!

You will go a long way to beat the exhilarating experience of a high speed Sea Blast aboard our thrilling charter RIB Coastal Voyager.

Coastal Voyager was built in New Zealand in 2001 to a special design based on their Coastguard vessel. She is licensed to the UK Maritime Coastguard Agency Category 4.

The deep V hull (23 degree dead rise to be technical) means that she gives an amazingly smooth ride even in a heavy sea.

The 12 wrap around seats hold you firmly in place and the individual seat belts ensure you stay put! Naturally waterproofs and life jackets are also supplied.

Sea Blast

Our most popular trip by far is the high speed trip out to sea from Southwold. The 400hp boat is put through its formidable paces in a 30 min tour of Solebay.

We often see harbour porpoises, all kinds of sea birds, the occasional seal and if we are really lucky a dolphin!

River Blyth Cruise

The peace and tranquillity on the river Blyth is a complete contrast to the hustle and bustle of every day life. You could quite literally be going back in time when you venture up the Blyth Estuary which is steeped in history.

The area is protected by Natural England and has many important birds & insects.
We regularly see Marsh Harriers, Heron, Cormorants, a wide variety of gulls including Med Gulls & Little Gulls. We have also seen Osprey and many types of wading birds both resident and migratory. If you’re really lucky our resident seal ‘Dorothy’ may be sunbathing on her island but due to her busy schedule we can’t promise that!

The trip includes a stop at the Blythburgh White Hart pub, enough time for a meal on our lunch or evening cruise, the moonlit evening cruises are quite breathtaking!

We have grey and common seals living at Scroby Sands. Regular trips take vistors out to watch them relaxing on the sand bank and on most occasions the more inquisitive ones swim over to see what we are up to!

Then visit the Scroby sands wind farm and experience what it is like to get close to the vast wind turbines before we head into Lowestoft harbour for a comfort break and a delicious cup of legendary Coastal Voyager hot chocolate before heading off back to Southwold Harbour.

For more information Visit: https://www.coastalvoyager.co.uk/

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