Welcome to the Bath Boating Station
The Boating Station offers Rowing, Canoeing, and punting, available for hire for 1 or 2 hours along the river Avon. We do not offer any longer than 2 hours.
Most of our boats are wooden & some are over 100 years old. The Boating Station offers pretty lawns (toilets on site) where you can picnic after you have been boating.
We have two dogs and two cats on the premises, for info on them and our dog policy see FAQs.
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 a quick drink as long as the boat is not left unattended, someone must remain by the boat at all times.
Open Wednesday to Sunday including Bank Holidays
10.00am – 5.30pm
Closed Monday & Tuesday
Last boat hire is at 16.30
Our most frequent questions and answers
If the weather is good we will be busy and it is best to book a few days in advance especially for weekends. For groups of 6 or less use the online site on the prices and bookings page, this is automatic. For groups of 7 or more we ask you to please contact us directly (email – [email protected]).
On weekends, Bank Holidays, and hot busy days, if you book for the afternoon, we do our absolute best to get boats back on time for your booking, but we do not guarantee the time as morning boaters can be late back if the weather is fantastic. (This happens very rarely). We ask you bare this in mind when booking an afternoon slot.
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.
We ask for car keys or driving licence as deposit. To be kept for the duration of your boat trip. Please collect on return from the office. If you forget to pick them back up, then here is what we will do:
Driving license – We send driving licenses back to their displayed addresses 24-48 hours after them being left. They are sent first class via royal mail. We are not responsible for them once they are posted back. If you have an issues, i.e. you would rather collect or the address is incorrect please contact us immediately via email.
Keys – Unlikely but if you do leave your keys, we ask them to be collected in person. When collecting you will be asked for information about your booking and a description of your keys or ID/Card displaying the name of the booking they were left under.
We do not allow dogs on the premises, due to this being our dogs’ home.
We have two dogs on the grounds, a young Grey Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Nelly (who is still learning) and a very large old black Lurcher named Meme. Be aware this is their home they run free, if you or your children are unsure of dogs please do not enter. They are both very friendly, but very, very playful, please be mindful of children when entering. Nelly will jump up as she is a puppy and adores people, tell her no, and if she is annoying you speak to a member of staff.
We can accommodate adults up to 100kg, as this is our largest life jacket.
Our booking site sizes the boats based on the average sized adult, using 80kg per person. If you book a boat for 4 persons (including adults or children) it will book a boat that is suitable for 4 persons allowing up to 80kg per person. Bookings can be a mix of some people below and some above this, if still within the total limit.
If you are unsure which boats are best or if you need extra boats/larger boats email us, we are happy to help! We do our very best to accommodate everyone.
Weighting the boats safely is our biggest priority, on arrival our staff may place you in specific seats to make sure the boats sit correctly in the water, if boats do not sit correct, they cannot go out
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.