Small Boat Hire

  • Rowing Boats...
  • Outboard Motor Boats...
  • Pleasure Punts and Canoes...

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River Cruises 

  • The Original 40 Minute River Cruise
  • Multiple language Audio Guides Available onboard all passenger vessels

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The Boathouse, Boat Hire and River Cruises

The river naturally draws people down to its grassy banks, and what better way to enjoy its tranquil waters than by boat.

Avon Boating offer the Original 40 Minute River Cruise on our famous fleet of Edwardian vessels. For over 100 years we have been hiring out small boats from the Boathouse and running passenger vessels on the Avon. The river, one of the finest reaches for boating in the country, has remained virtually unchanged in all this time. It is still a real delight, a pleasure to be out on its peaceful waters. Come and relax and enjoy it with us.
Large groups and tour parties welcome!


Opening Times 2018

Our passenger vessels will be ruturning to the river on the 13th March. Open for all boating from March 17th 2018 until Late October.  9am until Dusk, 7 Days a Week. (weather and river conditions permitting)



The return of Lily. Over the last few winters, our in-house team of boat builders and engineers, have been refitting and overhauling the smallest passenger vessel in our fleet.  Orignally named Lady, she has been extensively refitted with new ribs and planks, a new keel and steering gear, and the addition of a rear saloon as per the original drawings from the 1930's.  Finishing her off, Lily is now powered by the latest electric propulsion system, supplied by Lynch Motors.

Officially relaunched in the summer of 2017, Lily now carries 30 passengers and will be returning to active service from our Boathouse throughout the 2018 season.  Perfect for smaller groups, Lily will also be available for private charter.  For Further information see our Private Charter page.

Multiple languages available for free on our passenger boat audio guides! New for 2018 we have included German to our audio tour, in addition to English, French, Spanish and Italian! Comprehensively covering the sights of the Avon we are confident it will prove a hit with both groups and individuals! Just ask any of the crew members upon arrival.


Moorhen! We are pleased to welcome Moorhen to our fleet. Seating up to 6 people she will be available for advanced hour bookings at anytime for just £40 for 1 hour or £80 for 2 hours plus a £50 deposit  which is refundable on return.
For more information or to book call visit our Motor Boat page!



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"...the sweetest and most heart-valued of all the rivers of England; Shakespeare's softly flowing Avon."
Marie Corelli 1903