Boat Tours & River Cruises

View from The Bathwick Boatman river bank in Bath, with punt boats in the foreground, and a Pulteney Cruisers tourist boat passing by, creating a picturesque riverside scene
Pulteney River Cruises tour passing punt boats at The Bathwick Boatman

Bath is a natural beauty, known for its rich history, stunning Georgian architecture it also offers a unique and picturesque setting for river cruises.

Nestled in the southwest of England, this charming city is blessed with the river Avon meandering through its heart, providing a delightful opportunity for visitors to explore from a different perspective.

Enjoy a tranquil and scenic journey along the river, allowing you to admire the city's iconic landmarks and lush landscapes from the comfort of a boat. Whether you're a history enthusiast, nature lover, or simply seeking a leisurely experience, these boat trips provide a memorable way to soak in Bath's beautiful surroundings.

As you embark on a river cruise, you'll glide along the gentle currents of the Avon, passing by some of Bath's most notable attractions. The Pulteney Bridge , an architectural gem that spans the river, is a highlight not to be missed. This historic bridge, reminiscent of Florence's Ponte Vecchio, features elegant shops on both sides, adding to its charm. The boat's vantage point allows for an excellent view of the bridge and its graceful Georgian facades.

Pulteney Bridge and Weir with a Pulteney Cruise river boat
Pulteney Bridge & Weir

A Palladian style bridge with shops spanning both sides; a rare architectural piece. Best viewed from the riverside to the...

Continuing your journey, you'll be enchanted by the scenic beauty of the Avon valley. Lush green meadows, tree-lined riverbanks, and wildlife sightings make the experience even more enchanting. The calmness of the river creates a serene atmosphere, allowing you to unwind and appreciate the natural surroundings.

Informative commentary is often included, with a bit humour too, providing insights into the city's history, culture, and significant landmarks. You'll learn about Bath's Roman origins, its transformation during the Georgian era, and the influence of notable figures such as Jane Austen. The knowledgeable guides aboard the boat will enhance your understanding of the city's heritage, making the cruise both educational and entertaining.

People relaxing in the beer garden view of The Bathampton Mill
The Bathampton Mill

Riverside pub - Real Ales - Wines - Alfresco

Depending on the cruise you choose, you may have the opportunity to disembark and explore attractions along the riverbanks. For example, some cruises offer stops at the charming village of Bathampton, where you can take a leisurely stroll, visit local pubs like The Bathampton Mill or The George Inn , or even indulge in a riverside picnic. This adds an element of adventure and flexibility to your river cruise experience, allowing you to explore both the waterways and the picturesque areas ashore.

Pulteney Cruisers boat trip and punts by the weir at The Bathampton Mill in Bath
On the bank at The Bathampton Mill The Bathampton Mill

Bath boat trips are available throughout the year, with each season offering its own unique charm. In the spring, you'll witness the reawakening of nature, with blossoming trees and vibrant wildflowers adorning the riverbanks. Summer brings warm weather, providing the perfect conditions for a leisurely cruise bathed in sunshine. Autumn adds a touch of golden hues to the landscape as the leaves change colour, creating a picturesque backdrop for your journey. Even in winter, when Bath is enveloped in a peaceful ambiance, river cruises offer a cozy and intimate way to experience the city's beauty.

Whether you're a visitor or a local resident, a journey along the river offers an enchanting escape from the bustling streets and a chance to connect with the city's heritage and natural splendor. So, step aboard and let the gentle flow of the Avon transport you on a memorable journey through Bath's picturesque landscapes and captivating history.