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8. River Dee Boat Cruises

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River Dee Boat Cruise

The River Dee runs through the centre of Chester, and offers boating, cruising, alfresco art and riverside cafes and bars.

If you’re with the family or are looking for some fun the river offers lots of entertainment – hire a pedallo or take a cruise with Chester Boats past Eaton Hall – home to the Duke of Westminster. During the summer months you’ll find many rowers training and racing on the river, and an event not to miss is the raft race – local teams making their own rafts and racing them down the River!

Between the city wall and the River you will find the Groves. A beautiful riverside promenade with refreshment kiosks, ‘The Groves’ bar and restaurant seves food and drink with relaxing outdoor seating, and ‘The Boat Inn’ public house. The 19th century bandstand is used every weekend in the summer providing free entertainment while you watch the world go by. Leading up from The Groves is the beautifully maintained Grosvenor Park, a tranquil green space in the heart of the bustling city.

At night the River remains lively – Chester Boats offer themed evening cruises including musical entertainment and a BBQ at the riverside Red House public house. The Red House is a stunning building, which has a terraced garden leading down to the River Banks and one wall mage entirely from glass. A perfect spot for an afternoon drink or a stylish evening meal.

River Dee Boat Cruises Address:
All cruises depart from the Boating Station
Souters Lane
The Groves
England, UK

River Dee Boat Cruises Opening Times:

City Sightseeing Cruise

Enjoy a relaxing 30 minute cruise, journeying up river beneath the suspension bridge, Grosvenor Park and the Earls Eye, following the long sweep of the ‘meadows’. Delightful views are seen of beautiful and interesting riverside properties and gardens
Enjoy commentary and a drink from the bar as you cruise along the river.

Sailing Times 1st April – 31st October
Every hour 11.00am – 4.00pm on weekends
Daily sailings throughout February half term
1st November – 31st March
Every half hour 11.00am – 5.00pm on weekends
Every half hour 11.00am – 4.30pm weekdays
Note: Extra sailings during the school holidays

Open Top Bus and Boat Tour
Great value Open Top Bus Tour & City River Cruise
Save money with a joint ticket so you can join a 30 minute guided River Cruise & an Open Top Bus Tour
Make the most of your visit to Chester and see all of the famous sights
Discounted tickets available onboard the boats
Sailing Times
1st April – 31st October
Weekends from 11.00am – 4.00pm Daily sailings throughout February half term
1st November – 31st March
Weekends from 11.00am – 4.00pm
Daily sailings throughout February half term

Ironbridge Cruise
Enjoy a leisurely 2 Hour cruise onboard our new edition ‘The Jackie’ through ‘Eaton Estate’, home of the Duke and Duchess of Westminster. This cruise is quite superb, an extension of our city cruise up the river past Heron Bridge and Eccleston Ferry, meandering around the crook of Dee and through ‘Eaton Estate’ with its most beautiful and peaceful scenery. Aldford is next, then the wonderful sight of the Iron Bridge, before returning to Chester.
This is an ideal cruise providing an excellent outing for sightseers to enjoy the surroundings
Sailing Times
1st April – 31st October  
Weekends at 12.00noon and 2.30pm
Daily during June, July, August and September

River Dee Boat Cruises Admission:
Adults £6.50
Concessions £6.00
Children £2.50
Prices quoted are for 30 minute City Sightseeing Cruise. Please contact Chester Boat or follow the web link below for details of prices for other cruises.

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