Water activity

Chester: Half-Hour City Cruise

4.6 / 5

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Chester: Half-Hour City Cruise

From US$ 9.32 per person

Set sail on the River Dee to see a different side of the city of Chester. These half-hour city cruises leave The Groves up to every 30 minutes, taking in marvelous views of city and countryside from the water.

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Duration 30 minutes
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Audio guide included
Wheelchair accessible


  • Take in the stunning city views from the water
  • Hear a detailed commentary highlighting history and wildlife
  • Enjoy a hot or cold drink from the fully-stocked bar
Full description
From the moorings at The Groves, Chester, you will head upstream under the Queen's Park Suspension Bridge and past the city's rowing clubs. You will then follow the sweeping bend of the Earl's Eye, passing some stunning riverside properties, and turn around at the city limits. On the return journey, the commentary details the history behind some of the more interesting riverside buildings, and the city's rich Roman, Medieval, and industrial heritage. The cruises will then finish with a great view of Chester Weir and the Old Dee Bridge, before disembarking back at The Groves.
  • Sightseeing cruise tickets
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
    • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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    Meeting point

    The Groves in Chester, just a short walk from the city center

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    Important information

    Know before you go

    •  2 out of the 3 boats are wheelchair accessible
    • Wheelchair accessible public toilets are located close to the moorings at The Groves
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.6 /5

    based on 60 reviews

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    We booked on line the morning we decided to go ( it was a beautiful day), parked in Broughton Park and Ride, getting off by The Barrs. The river is well signed from the Main Street, and you can walk down there - we walked through Grosvenor Park, but if you head for the clock tower you can climb up to the walls from there and have a really nice walk past some Roman remains down to the river. We headed for the boat ( Mark Twain in our case), showed the person in the cabin our booking on the phone, and climbed upstairs. I would recommend going upstairs if you can because you have a really good view of the gardens and buildings on the river bank.. A commentary runs with interesting facts about the buildings - a fascinating insight. After 15 minutes we turned round and headed back. It was just a very pleasant half hour on a lovely afternoon. And then an ice cream - try Sugbury’s , a local firm and absolutely delicious!!

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    September 25, 2021

    Lovely relaxing cruise, although we couldn't hear the commentary very well due to a "loud mouth" sitting 2 rows away (obviously not interested in the history of Chester), and also an unsettled toddler making a noise throughout the trip. I think a drink would have placated her but grandmother must not have had one - poor child. The lady in charge of the boat was charming and fun.

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    August 27, 2019

    November 23, 2021

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