River Cruises at Cliveden

Fancy a punt on the River Thames? Our selection of boating options offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy the river. Choose from hiring your own rowing or motor boat, or relax on a skippered river cruise.

  • Booking essential
  • Admission applies

There are two skippered cruises to choose from. Smooth waters runs at 11, 12, 1.10, 2.10, 3.10 and costs £11.50 per adult and child. Still Waters runs at 11.30, 12.30 1.45, 2.45, 3.45 and tickets are £11.50 per adult and £6 per child.

If you'd prefer to go at your own pace, you can choose to hire a self-drive boat. Boat hire is from 11.30-4 and prices start from £17, which can only be paid with cash at the riverside. A deposit of £30 for rowing or £35 for motor boats is taken.

Prices

Event ticket prices
  • Adult £11.50
    Smooth Waters cruise
  • Adult £11.50
    Still Waters cruise
  • Child £6.00
    Still Waters cruise
  • Child £11.50
    Smooth Waters cruise
  • Group £39.00
    Motor boat 1 hour (4 people + 1 child max)
  • Group £17.00
    Rowing boat 1/2 hour (4 people max)
  • Group £34.00
    Motor boat 1/2 hour (4 people + 1 child max)
  • Group £22.00
    Rowing boat 1 hour (4 people max)
  • Concession £30.00
    Rowing boat deposit
  • Concession £35.00
    Motor boat deposit
View admission charges
Cliveden

Prices

Gardens and woodlands
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £16.00
Child N/A £9.00
Family N/A £41.00
Group Adult
Minimum group size 15
N/A £10.00
Group Child
Minimum group size 15
N/A £5.00
House (Mar-Oct) Additional charge for non-members
Gift Aid Standard
Adult N/A £2.00
Child N/A £1.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

To qualify for the group ticket price, the group must be pre-booked through the Cliveden Estate Office 3 weeks in advance. Travel to Cliveden by 'green transport' and receive a £1 voucher to spend in the National Trust shop or café. Mooring at Cliveden Reach is possible at suitable locations for more than ½ mile downstream from Cliveden boathouse. Mooring charges are set at £5 for members and £10 for non-members, per 24 hours. We have roaming River Custodians who will approach moored boats and request this fee. If you do not see a Custodian during your stay, please head up to the National Trust Information Kiosk for payment. As a conservation charity, these fees are vital funds needed to protect and maintain spaces such as the Cliveden Reach. Please note, if you would like to enjoy the gardens or woodlands on your visit, admission to the Cliveden Estate applies.

The basics

Booking details
Call 01628 605069
Suitability
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Tickets for skippered cruises can only be purchased at the Information Centre in the main visitor car park. Rowing and motor boat tickets can only be bought by the boat station on the riverside (cash)
Accessibility
Walking to the river from the main car park takes approximately 30 minutes and includes 172 steps. Boat ticket holders who are less able to walk can take a ride on our free boat bus.
Other
There are two skippered cruises to choose from. Smooth waters runs at 11am, 12pm, 1.10pm, 2.10pm and 3.10pm and cost £11.50 per adult and child. This is an Edwardian style launch following a circular cruise between Boulters lock and Cookham lock. A perfect way to get a taste of life on the Thames. Still Waters runs every at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm, 3.45pm and tickets are £11.50 per adult and only £6 per child. This is an electrically powered boat which takes an extended circular trip along the Thames allowing our experienced skippers to show you more of this great river. If you'd prefer to go at your own pace, you can choose to hire a self-drive rowing or motor boat, a perfect chose for a small family or group. Boat hire is from 11.30am-4pm (last boat at 4.30pm). Prices start from £17, which can only be paid at the boat station by the riverside. A cash deposit of £30 for rowing or £35 for motor boats is taken.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
21 September 2019 11:00 - 16:00 Available
22 September 2019 11:00 - 16:00 Available
26 September 2019 11:00 - 16:00 Available
28 September 2019 11:00 - 16:00 Available
29 September 2019 11:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Name
Estate Office
Email
cliveden@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01628 605069

Upcoming events

'Astor Voices' Audio Trail

Sat 21 Sep 2019
10:00-17:00
Audio tour featuring the voices of Nancy Astor's grandchildren, sharing their memories of her.

Picturesque Pioneer

Sat 21 Sep 2019
10:00-17:00
This audio-visual experience features British Pathé footage of Nancy Astor throughout her life, alongside audio clips from the British Library.

'Letters to Nancy': as part of Nancy Astor: vigour, vitality & cheek

Sat 21 Sep 2019
10:00-17:00
As part of 'Nancy Astor; vigour, vitality and cheek' this exhibition unearths letters written to Nancy, from the public, in the controversial run-up to and during her election to parliament.

'Politics in Art' statue trail: as part Nancy Astor: vigour, vitality & cheek

Sat 21 Sep 2019
10:30-17:00
As part of 'Nancy Astor; vigour, vitality and cheek', take a self-guided tour of Cliveden's statuary collection and understand where political art is positioned across the estate.

Historical Interpreters

Sat 21 Sep 2019
10:45-11:15
A performance group re-enacts short vignettes inspired by Nancy Astor's life.

River Cruises at Cliveden

Sat 21 Sep 2019
11:00-16:00
Fancy a punt on the River Thames? Our selection of boating options offer the perfect opportunity to enjoy the river. Choose from hiring your own rowing or motor boat, or relax on a skippered river cruise.