Pulteney Cruisers Ltd

Open Top Boat Tours of the River Avon at Bath

No pre-bookings taken unless for private hire - just jump aboard and pay on the boat

Welcome to Pulteney Cruisers Ltd

Pulteney Cruisers are the longest established boat tour operator in Bath. We have been running boat trips from Pulteney weir in the centre of Bath for over 50 years.

Our boats each seat 70 people & have a cafe on board. There is a sundeck or heated cabin depending on the weather.

We offer a scenic hour’s cruise up the River Avon to the village of Bathampton on our twin decked boats. The trip passes under the historic Pulteney Bridge & out into the beautiful Avon valley. There is an abundance of wildlife to see on the river including swans, herons, kingfishers & for the lucky few, otters!

On the way upstream the crew serve hot & cold drinks from the galley & on the return journey of each cruise there is a fascinating live commentary on the history, architecture & points of interest on the Avon.

We no longer stop at Bathhampton.

2022 Timetable

Departure times. We dock 20 minutes prior for boarding

Weekdays Departing Pulteney Weir
We have ONE boat Running Monday to Friday
Weekends Departing Pulteney Weir
We have TWO Boats Running on the Weekend

Boat Departure Point

Pulteney Weir Bath, Bridge Street Bath BA2 4AT. Just below Pulteney Bridge, Bath.

Please Note

All trips are subject to river conditions, flooding, bad weather, busy traffic on the river.
If it is very busy in the height of the summer the boats might not be able to pull in at Bathampton.


Unfortunately we are no longer stopping at Bathampton. We understand for many people this is very disappointing. This is for many reasons.

It is difficult for our vessels to pull into the pontoon and this is becoming increasingly dangerous as the area gets more popular for swimmers.

Due to social distancing we are unable to get the numbers of passengers onboard our vessels which means we are often going up to Bathampton already full and we cannot stop to get extra passengers on board. 

Prices for 2021

  • Adults
  • Children
    Aged 5 to 15
  • Under 5's

Private Hire

  • Private parties/weddings to the Boatman Restaurant
    £450.00 Weekdays
  • £550.00 Weekends
    A ¾ trip disembarking at the Restaurant on the way downstream
    Drinks can be preordered and served onboard
  • Private hire for a one hour round trip
    £450.00 Weekdays
  • £550.00 Weekends
    Private hire is only available to parties wishing to board at Pulteney Bridge

Please Note

No seats can be reserved in advance, we operate on a first come first served basis unless you are to hire the boat exclusively (bookable in advance).

The timetable stated is the times the boat departs.

The boat is ready for boarding 20 minutes before the departure time.

Those that are first in the queue will be able to board the boat first.

No pre-bookings taken unless for private hire - just jump aboard and pay on the boat

Get in Touch

Come and jump onboard – no need to book. We sail from Pulteney Weir, accessed from the Pulteney Bridge steps.

We are now closed until the Spring

We will resume subject to the weather. Watch this space.