2 Hour Iron Bridge Cruise

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Sit back, relax and leave the city behind…

Step aboard the Mark Twain or the Lady Diana for a two-hour cruise that’s a real treat. Get comfortable and enjoy a drink from the bar as you glide through rural Cheshire, along the beautiful River Dee.

From our boat house at The Groves, in Chester, we head southwards, out of the city. We’ll pass by Heronbridge and Eccleston Ferry, with its Grade II listed ferry house. The river meanders through some spectacular scenery around the Crook of Dee and through the Eaton Estate, home to the Duke and Duchess of Westminster. We’ll pass under the ornate Iron Bridge at Aldford, before returning to Chester.

This is a very tranquil stretch of the Dee with opportunities to spot wildlife, including swans, herons, cormorants, moorhens and – if your eyes are sharp – a kingfisher or two, so keep your camera ready!

An informative sightseeing commentary will keep you informed about the river and its surroundings.

There are two sailings a day, at 12 noon and 2:30pm, so you can plan your lunch around sailing times – or even bring your packed lunch aboard! We also provide catering for group bookings: take a look at our tasty menus.

For groups of 20 or more, we also offer a Vintage Afternoon Tea (12 Noon sailing only), click here for details (must be pre-ordered).

And if you’d like to see more of Chester – and relax while someone else does the driving – try a City Sightseeing open-top bus tour with a great value combined Iron Bridge Cruise and open-top bus tour ticket.

Please note that we have the following sailings for the two- hour cruise in addition to our normal, advertised sailing schedule:
Wednesday 13th September 2017: 12 Noon
Tuesday 19th September 2017: 12 Noon & 2:30PM
Wednesday 20th September 2017: 12 Noon & 2:30PM

Occasionally, we have to cancel our sailings due to private bookings such as weddings, or for large pre-booked coach parties. These dates for 2017 are:
Saturday 26th August 2017: 2:30PM
Sunday 27th August 2017: 12 Noon
Saturday 2nd September 2017: 2:30PM
Sunday 10th September 2017: 12 Noon & 2:30PM (as we are operating our 2 hour Vintage Afternoon Tea Cruises instead to celebrate Grandparents’ Day, full details here).

Disabled Passengers and Carers

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

Young children

Please note that children under 5 sail for free, but there is a maximum of two free children per paying Adult or Concession. Additional under-5s would then need to be paid for at the Child rate).

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 Weekends Only & Selected Weekdays:

12 Noon & 2:30PM

6th of May 2017 - 21st of May 2017
10th of June 2017 - 25th of June 2017
9th of September 2017 - 24th of September 2017

Sailing Daily:

12 Noon & 2:30PM

27th of May 2017 - 4th of June 2017
1st of July 2017 - 3rd of September 2017

Ticket Prices

Ticket Type Online Quayside
Adult 14.00 15.00
Concession / Student 12.00 13.00
Child (5 - 15 years) 5.00 6.00
Adult 0.00 0.00
Family Tickets (2 adults / concessions and up to 3 children) 32.00 36.00

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