Explore the river from Southend

Grab a chance to vist one of the many fantastic riverside towns aboard our fantastic River cruiser. With day trips to Gravesend, Rochester, Chatham Dockyard and the Red sand Towers, there really is pleanty to see and do.

 Take a day out for sightseeing at some of Kent’s hidden treasures, and maybe do a spot of shopping,  trying out the local restaurants or bars or join us for a fun filled trip to the Dockyard festivals.

 

All trips to and from Southend include Pier entry within your boat ticket.

 

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All Cruise experiences depart from: Southend Pier head, Southend-on-sea, SS1 2EH

 

RESTRICTED DISABLED ACCESS

Due to the boarding arrangments at Southend Pier it is currently not possible to board wheelchairs or scooters. This is due to the pier height from the water and the nessessity to board via the intertidal public slipway. At low water this slipway can be slippery and may have aslight covering of seaweed  although, if you are able to walk/climb a flight of stairs unassisted then joining the vessel will not be an issue. (Please see banner photo above with reference to the steepness of the ramp at low water).

Prams/Pushchairs must be left at the top of the pier and will be loaded by a crew member.

 

 

Maunsell Forts (Red Sand Towers) Tour

Tours closed for winter (November - March)

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Take a three hour cruise from Southend Pier to the Eerie World War 2 Maunsel forts , called the Red sand Towers.

These Historic monuments stand in the estuary some 9 miles from Southend and 5 Miles from Whitstable. It will take approximately an hour to reach the Towers and will pass by the Mulbury Harbour (Pheonix unit) and Shoebury boom before crossing the Shipping channel towards the Isle of Sheppey. 

You will get chance to take plenty of photos in and around the towers as our vessel is small enough to pass between and under the structures. (We do not allow anyone to board the structures)

If your an avid photographer, grab your long lenses to see if you can snap photos of the Pregrine Falcons.

Upon our return we will pass via the SS. Richard Montgomery before crossing back towards Southend PIer.  

Onboard facilities include a Bar, selling Alcoholic and soft drinks and light snacks. A small Toilet is also available onboard.

 

For more information on the boat please click here.

 

 

Adults £18, 

Child £14,

Concessions £16,

Family £55, 

Under 3's Free

All tickets include the Pier train 

 

 

Click the "Book Now" button to see available dates.

 

NOTEAll departures are subject to weather and sea state.

If cancellation is nessessary, you will be notified no later than 2000pm the night before departure and will be offered an alternative date or a Gift voucher valid for 1 year to use on any future tour.

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Rochester/Chatham Day Trip

Tours closed for winter (November - March)

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Set out from Southend Pier and cross the estuary, passing by the SS. Richard Montgomery to take a day out to experience Rochester High street. Shop for vintage bargains and treasures within the various independent shops, quirky boutiques or even the visit Rochester Castle and the Cathedral. 

Fancy visitying Chatham Dockyard? A request stop can be made to drop you at Chatham Marina (a 10 minute walk to the main entrance.)

 

Approximate timings

Departure  0845 Southend Pier 

Arrival         1015 Chatham

Arrival        1030 Rochester

(Approximately 5 hours ashore)

Departure  1600 Rochester 

Departure   1630 Chatham 

Arrival         1800 Southend Pier

 

Onboard facilities include a Bar, selling Alcoholic and soft drinks and light snacks. A small Toilet is also available onboard.

 

For more information on the boat please click here.

 

Adults £25, 

Child £20, 

Concessions £22, 

Family £70, 

Under 3's Free

All tickets include the Pier train 

 

Click the "Book Now" button to see available dates.

 

NOTEAll departures are subject to weather and sea state. If cancellation is nessessary, you will be notified no later than 2000pm the night before departure and will be offered an alternative date. 

 

A Day at the Dockyard

Tours closed for winter (November - March)

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The Historic Dockyard Chatham is one of Britain’s leading maritime heritage destinations with award-winning historic warships, museum galleries and attractions. A diverse programme of events, family activities and temporary exhibitions take place throughout the year.

 


Gravesend Day Trip

Tours closed for winter (November - March)

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Arriving at Gravesend Town Pier, spend the day exploring, shopping and eating. Gravesend boasts one of the oldest Chartered Borough Markets in Kent which celebrates its 750th birthday in 2018. Head to the high street for more well-known shops with some independent hidden gems within the mix. Or why not check out the towns historic and cultural points of interest, including, the resting place of Princess Pocahontas at St George’s Church, Cold War Bunker, Gurdwara- Europe’s largest Sikh place of worship or head to LV21 a historic 40 metre steel-hulled lightship transformed into a floating art space and performance facility.

 

We have a fully equiped bar onboard selling a variety of refreshments!

Adults £22.50, Child £15.50, Concessions £18, Family £61, 

Under 3's Free

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