Half Hour City Cruise

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Take time out, relax, and see a different side of Chester

This tranquil half-hour cruise along the River Dee departs from The Groves. From there, we’ll take you upstream, under the suspension bridge, past Grosvenor Park and the Earl’s Eye, then we’ll follow the long sweep of the Meadows to the city limits before we return you to The Groves. The river tour of Chester offers a new view of the city and takes in some beautiful and interesting riverside properties. Look out for the local wildlife too, including swans, cormorants and kingfishers.

On the outward leg of the cruise, we offer a commentary which answers some of the more common questions asked about the river. On the return leg, we have a more complete commentary, detailing interesting facts about Chester’s rich history and pointing out some of the more prominent buildings in the city skyline and along the river banks.

Enjoy a well-earned brew, soft drink, cold beer or glass of wine from our on-board bar.

Booking Online

There are always plenty of seats on our Half-Hour City Cruises, but you can pre-book online here for a discount. Please note your ticket will say 11am, but it is valid for any sailing on your chosen day.

Combined Boat & Bus Tickets

We’ve teamed up with City Sightseeing to offer a great value combined ticket so you can see the city by river and by road. Click here to find out more about the open-top bus. Add the bus upgrade to your basket at checkout to enjoy the freedom of the city.

Combined Boat & Chester: A Life Story Tickets

Why not combine your river cruise with a visit to Chester’s newest heritage attraction? Chester: A Life Story is located on Bridge Street, a 6 minute walk from our moorings at The Groves, or 1 minute from the nearest City Sightseeing bus tour. Add Chester: A Life Story admission to your basket when you book online.

Disabled Passengers and Carers

To read our policy relating to fares for disabled passengers and carers, please click here.

Terms and Conditions of Carriage

Before taking a cruise with us, please ensure that you read our Terms and Conditions of Carriage; we want all of our passengers to enjoy their cruise in a safe environment. Thank You.


Sailing Dates and Times

Sailing every 30 minutes

11am until 5pm

30th of March 2019 - 26th of October 2019

Sailing every 30 minutes

11am until 4pm

27th of October 2019 - 3rd of November 2019

Sailing once an hour

11am until 4pm

4th of November 2019 - 22nd of December 2019

Also sailing hourly on Boxing Day and New Years Day

11am until 4pm

Ticket Prices

Ticket Type Online Quayside
Adult 7.00 7.50
Concession / Student 6.50 7.00
Child (5 - 15 years) 2.50 3.00
Family Tickets (2 adults / concessions and up to 3 children) 18.00 20.00
Disabled person (proof required: blue badge, DWP PIP letter) 2.50 3.00
Disabled person's companion (one per person) 6.50 7.00

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