Small Boat Hire

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

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River Cruises 

  • The Original 40 Minute River Cruise
  • NEW for 2016- Audio Guides Available

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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

Open for all boating from March 18th until Late October.  9am until Dusk, 7 Days a Week. (weather and river conditions permitting)



  • Multiple languages now available for free on our audio guides! New for 2017 we are happy to say we are now offering our audio tour in 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 arival.
  • 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!

  • BIG canoes! We have comissioned two large 8 seater canoes, which joined the fleet in 2015. Great for families and groups we are excited to offer you this new way to enjoy the river.


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