Welcome to the Bath Boating Station
A charming Victorian Boating Station where 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.
You can row as far as Bathampton and moor up at The Bathampton Mill, a lovely pub some two miles up the river through the countryside, keep an eye on your boat!
Most of our boats are wooden & some are over 100 years old. The Boating Station offers pretty lawns where you can picnic after you have been boating.
We are perfectly placed on the River Avon, within easy flat walking distance of the City Centre.
Our section of the river includes a variety of business, including the Bathwick Boatman restaurant located on our site, Pulteney cruisers in the town centre and the soon to open Cleveland pools.
The section of the River Avon in Bath we are on is part of the Bristol Avon. The navigable section for our boats is approximately 2 and a quarter miles long and runs from Cleveland Bridge a quarter of a mile downstream from the Boating Station To Bathampton 2 miles upstream, passing Pulteney Cruisers, The Boatman Restaurant & Cleveland Pools.
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.
You can meander you way up to Bathampton to find the Bathampton Mill where you can stop for lunch or a drink.
Our most frequent questions and answers
If the weather is good on the weekend then yes, it’s best to book. On weekends and Bank Holidays we only hold boats in for morning bookings. If you book for the afternoon we do our very best to get boats back on time for your booking but we don’t guarantee the time as morning boaters can be late back (This is quite rare).
To book please email a few days before through the contact page. We have a lot of boats & many people choose to just turn up on the day, the wait is not usually long if we are busy.
Yes. All our prices are per person. Following hours are half price & you will be charged. If you only want to pay for an hour be back on time as this can also impact on other customers enjoyment.
Please check our Prices page for all pricing information.
For group bookings you pay in advance by bank transfer. Generally we don’t take pre-payments for just one boat but when you book through the contact page you will be told if a payment is required.
Open Wednesday to Sunday including Bank Holidays
10.00am – 5.30pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday
Last boat hire is at 16.30
Self Catering Accommodation
We have two attractive units available to at rent at the Boating Station, both overlooking the River Avon.
Toad Hall has two double bedrooms, kitchen bathroom and sitting room with a great sitting out balcony overlooking the river with fine views both up and down stream.
The Garden Room is a double bed sitting room with ensuite facilities, again with a sitting out area overlooking the Avon.