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.

 

DOGS 

Dogs (accept assistance dogs) are sadly not permitted on Southend Pier, therefore we are unable to accept dogs on our tours. 

 

 

THIS WEEKS CRUISES

from Southend pier

2021 Season starts 17th May

For more dates and information on cruises scoll down

then click the book now button next to the relavant tours.

Social distancing Measures onboard

For full details about our social distancing proceedures and passenger requirments please click here


Maunsell Forts (Red Sand Towers) Tour

Booking now from 17th May 2021

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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 £25, 

Child £20,

Concessions £22,

Family £65, 

Under 3's Free

 

Please note: Trains are now operational

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.

Check your departure status here

1 Hour cruise (Around the Montgomery) Cruise

Most Friday, Saturday and Sunday's in August

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In August 1944, a US liberty ship arrived in the Thames Estuary. a vessel that would plague Sheerness for the next 76 years. After having dropped its anchor in the Nore anchorage, she tried to ride out a Northerly gale, but dragged and grounded on the Sheerness Middle Sand. 

Today, this infamous wreck remains part loaded with over 1500 tonnes of her explosive wartime cargo onboard. Over the years she has remained visible to every ship that passes her, but that is soon to change. In 2021, it is expected that this wartime disaster will have its masts cut down.

Will you be one of the last to see her up close and still breaking the surface?

This 60 minute cruise from Southend Pier towards the entrance of the River Medway will also take in sights of the Shoebury Pheonix unit (Mulbury Harbour), Garrison Fort at Sheerness and the Isle of Grain Tower. 

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

Commentary available throughout.

 

For more information on the boat please click here.

 

Prices:

Adults £15, 

Child £10,

OAP £12,

Family £45, 

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.

Check your departure status here

Lunch in Kent

Thursdays and Fridays

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Take a trip across to Queenborough to explore a quiant fishing village in Kent. You will be given time ashore to have a spot of lunch and take a wander. (Lunch not included)

 

For more information on the boat please click here.

 

Itinary 

 

1115 Depart Southend

1200 Arrive Queenborough

Approximatly 4 hours ashore.

1600 boat departs Queenborough 

1600 Arrive Southend

 

Prices:

Adult   £22

OAP   £18

Child  £15

Family £55 (2+2)

Under 3's  Free (But must have a ticket)

Note: All ticket prices include Southend pier train tickets.

(Open returns are not available on this tour)

 

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.

Check your departure status here

Rochester or Chatham Historic Dockyard Day Trip

Expected to resume in 2022

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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. Shop for vintage bargains and treasures within the various independent shops, quirky boutiques have a spot of lunch or even the visit Rochester Castle and the Cathedral.

 

Fancy visiting Chatham Dockyard?

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Purchase your entry tickets prior to checkout and we will drop you directly into the dockyard.

There is no waiting to queue at the entrance, the dockyard's pier drops you in the heart of the action right next to HMS Cavalier,  where you will be able to explore the various Historical ships, the set of Call the Midwife and make your own rope.

We will pass you a map of the site upon boarding so that you can plan your route around the various displays and museum's prior to arrival. Just make sure you return to the pier for your departure allocated time.  

 

Approximate timings

Departure  0845 Southend Pier 

Arrival         1030 Chatham Historic Dockyard

(Approximately 5 hours ashore)

Departure   1630 Chatham Historic Dockyard

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.

 

Prices:

All tickets include the Pier train 

Adults £25, OAP £22, Child £20, Family £70, Under 3's Free

 

Add dockyard entry prior to checkout**:

Adults £15, Concessions £14, Child £11,  Under 3's Free

 

**if you do not have a dockyard entry ticket you must remain on the boat until Rochester Pier. Tickets will not be available to buy on the boat.

 

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. 

 

Salute the 40's at Chatham Historic Dockyard

Not operating in 2021, Please check back for 2022

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This is an exclusive trip to the Dockard to experience this annual 1940's event. Arriving at the dockyard by boat will enable you to bypass the crowds at the gate and be dropped right at the heart of the activities.

Your day will start by boarding the pier Train at HMS Leigh (Southend Pier) at 08:30am, to ride out to the end of the pier. where your boat awaits you. At 08:45 the boat will blow its horn and depart.

The cruise will transport you back in time to the 1940's get you all singing along to Dame Vera lynn, as we revisit history and the cross the convoy anchorages of the Thames, the SS. Richard Montgomery and the Medway's forts that once were observation posts during the Blitz.

Once inside the Dockyard you will have plenty of time to explore the festivities, wartime memorabilia, vintage markets and live singers. (Approx 6 hours ashore)

Your returning boat will be leaving at 16:30 from the Dockyard and will return you back to Southend pier for approximately 18:00. (Cruise is approximately 1.5 hours each way)

Toilets and a bar available onboard.

 

Prices: 

Adults: £45

Child: £32

OAP: £37

Family (2+2) £125

All tickets include entry to the event.