Number Seven Boat Trips in BristolPosted on: 08 Jun 2018
Number Seven Boats have been the premier Ferry Boat service in Bristol since they were first established in 1999. Operating a number of ferries and running everything from 2 minute trips between the Broken Dock and the SS Great Britain to day trips along the Avon, Number Seven let you experience Bristol in the best way - from the water.
Tel. 0117 929 3659 or visit www.numbersevenboattrips.com
Trips to Beeses Bar and Tea Gardens One of their most popular trips is that to Beeses Bar and Tea Gardens on Saturday afternoons. Beeses is a riverside bar and restaurant that was founded in 1846 as a rest-stop for travellers and workers using the river, and is still going strong today. Known as one of Bristol’s hidden gems, it sits next to a woodland area that is just an hour’s ride up the Avon. Beeses provides a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life in their secluded spot which is best reached by boat.
The tea rooms open annually in the spring and close on the last weekend of September. A boat trip accompanied by one of their infamous cream teas provides the perfect summer excursion.
Saturday Beeses River Trips with Number Seven Boats are £14 for Adults, £11 for Seniors, £8.50 for Children 6-16 years or £5 for Children 2-5 years.
The boat departs from the Cascade Steps in the City Centre by Harbourside at 12pm, and again for its second trip of the day at 2pm. It is an hour long journey each way, with 2 hours allocated for eating, drinking and relaxing at Beeses.
If you want to finish your weekend on a high, Number Seven also run weekly Sunday Evening Trips which depart at 4pm and include an hour long stay at Beeses - plenty of time to enjoy an evening drink and unwind. This is £12 for Adults, £10 for Seniors, £8 for Children 6-16 years and £4 for Children 2-5 years.
Lock & Weir Trips The Old Lock & Weir Inn are known for serving up an excellent roast with a beautiful countryside view. Take a boat trip up the Avon (the journey is an hour and a quarter each way) and treat yourself to one of their delicious Sunday lunches. You’ll get to spend one and a half hours eating, drinking and taking in the view before returning back to the City Centre.
This trip also departs from the Cascade Steps, this time at 11am every Sunday. Prices are £14 for Adults, £11 for Seniors, £8.50 for Children 6-16 years and £5 for Children 2-5 years. All bookings need to be made in advance so that Number Seven can confirm numbers with the venue, and you can book by calling 01179 293 659.
Broken Dock to the SS Great Britain
Number Seven run a regular Cross Harbour Ferry Service at just £0.90 per trip which takes you straight across the river from the Broken Dock to the SS Great Britain. This is super value and really useful if you fancy visiting the SS or Spike Island and are coming from Hotwells or Clifton.
The service runs Monday to Friday from 7.30am till 6.15pm, and 10.30am till 5.30pm on Saturday and Sunday. If you plan on making this trip often, you can buy a monthly pass for £14.
Bristol Harbour Tours If you want to see more of Bristol, why not book in for one of their Harbour tours? They offer a £5 ferry service around the Harbour between Hotwells and Temple Meads - a great option for a day out if the sun makes an appearance!
Private ToursAs well as running public services throughout the week, Number Seven also offer private hire options for parties, hen dos, stag dos, corporate events or even just for fun days out.
Their 3 hour party boat will pick you up from the Cascade Steps, cruise the harbour and stop off at up to 2 pubs (spending 40 minutes ashore at each) before returning to the City Centre. They can play any music that you bring, either on CD or via jack lead, through their sound system on board.
Boats are licensed to sell alcohol during the trip, stocking cider, wine, lager, spirits and alcopops which cost £3 each. For special occasions which demand something more bubbly, prosecco can be provided for £16 per bottle. They also have an extensive menu, ranging from their Lunch Basket (freshly baked bread with a variety of fillings, kettle crisps, fresh fruit and homemade cakes) to the Meze Picnic Box (selection of cured meats, hummus, pickled vegetables, couscous salad, Mediterranean tart and more) and hot food dishes like curries, lamb tagine, and chilli. You can see their full menu here.
Whether you live in Bristol or are just visiting for a weekend, a trip on one of Number Seven's boats is a must! The Harbour really is one of the highlights of the city, and there's no better way to see it than from the river itself.
If you’re interested in hosting a private event with a difference aboard one of their boats, see their price list here. We can guarantee that your guests will love it!
Iona is a final year Biomedical Science Undergraduate at the University of Bristol. Her passions include blogging, walks by the harbour and exploring new cocktail venues. Iona is working with 365Bristol as part of the Santander Internship scheme for spring and summer 2018.