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Explore the River Tern with Shrewsbury Canoe Hire

Canoe Attingham’s hidden gem; the beautiful River Tern. Suitable for ages 4+ and all experience levels, this is a unique opportunity to paddle back in time and experience the history and beauty of Attingham Park.

  • Booking advisable
  • Admission applies

Book online or turn up on the day and take out a blue Canadian canoe for an hour and make your visit one to remember with this wonderful canoeing trip!

These mini canoe adventures are suitable for all abilities: whether it's your first time in a canoe or if the last time you were in one was 20 years ago. With full safety instructions before getting in the boat, everyone will have a great time whatever the weather.

Shrewsbury Canoe Hire are operating weekends and school holidays between 10 am and 6pm, weather and river conditions permitting.

Please be aware that canoeing on the river is weather and river height dependent which can both change rapidly. The river height is not necessarily connected to the local weather as the river flows a long way before it gets to Attingham. Please ring Shrewsbury Canoe Hire before traveling any great distance to check that the canoeing is going ahead today.

The capacity of the canoes is three adults. However, other possible configurations are; two adults and a child, one adult and two children or two adults and two small children sharing the central seat. Dogs also welcome!



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The basics

Booking details

Call 07440556844


All under 16s must be accompanied in the boat by an adult

Meeting point

The canoes are a bit hidden - head to the front of the Mansion and then straight down the hill to the river by the Cedars of Lebanon where you will find the canoes.

What to bring and wear

Please dress for the weather and we would recommend a change of clothes although you shouldn't get too wet.


Please contact Shrewsbury Canoe Hire with any accessibility requirements before you book.


Non-National Trust members can gain access to the park at a reduced cost; when you book your canoe hire you will qualify for an activity pass which is £5 per adult & £2.50 per child. These tickets are available from Visitor Reception on arrival. If booking through Shrewsbury Canoe hire all refunds in cases of adverse weather are through Shrewsbury Canoe hire. The self-guided trip takes the shape of 40 minutes of gentle paddling upstream, wowing the senses and taking in the natural beauty of the deer park and gardens on either side. Paddlers then turn at the bridge, followed by an faster 20-minute return trip downstream, experiencing the timeless beauty of the woodland, fields and Deer Park, before returning to the jetty. It’s really a trip not to be missed.

Contact info

Shrewsbury Canoe Hire

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