A charming Victorian boating station Thames Skiffs (rowing boats), Canadian canoes & Kayaks, punts & rowing punts for hire by the hour or day which can all be used to explore the River Avon.

Perfectly placed on the river Avon within easy walking distance of the city centre – or you can take one of our frequent riverboats to Pulteney Weir in the city centre enjoying a unique perspective of the city along the way.

Forrester Road, Bathwick, BA2 6QE
+ 44 (0)1225 312900

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An abundance of wildlife can be found on the River Avon, including kingfishers herons, mallards, moorhens and if you’re really lucky you may spot an otter.

Most visitors elected to roll upstream first and then rest on their oars on the way back, allowing the River Avon to do some of the work. Perhaps word has gone out that there is a great pub at the upstream end of the navigable section. Click here for more detail.

Three Types of craft are available from the boating station:

The Skiff
The Skiff is a type of rowing boat adapted for leisure use on inland waterways: long, graceful and slender for speed, but broad enough for stability and comfort. The oarsman sits in the centre (amidships for purists) and rows ( again, strictly speaking “sculls” since he is using both oars); his passengers, meanwhile, sit back in comfort and make encouraging remarks and also steer the boat by means of a pair of lines to the rudder. Larger skiffs have positions for two oarsmen (oarspersons, perhaps, nowadays?). The most elegant have wicker backrests; all are traditional varnished wood and most were made here where the tradition of boat building goes back over a century and a half.

The Punt
The punt is a flat-bottomed boat, typically used in small rivers and canals. It is propelled by pushing a long pole against the river bed and forcing the punt forward through the water. The same pole is used to steer by trailing it in the water astern after the propelling stroke is finished and moving it to one side or the other. It sounds more complicated than it really is and a little tuition at commencement will send most novices happily on their way.

The Canoe/Kayak
The Canoe is the traditional Canadian style with wooden paddle.
Kayak style canoes with the traditional double paddle are also available.



1st Hour

Extra hours

All day








£ 9.00

Students & OAPs


Opening Hours

Open from Easter to the end of September, 10am to 6pm.