9 boat trips to wow your winter

Various, UK

Sail through the winter on a river and coastal outing says Holly Douthwaite

February 28, 2024

Boat trips are super popular in the summer months, but many run throughout the winter too. Head out onto the UK’s rivers and coastlines for a spot of relaxing sightseeing or even for something a bit more energetic?

London: High-Speed Boat Trip

See the London sights in a completely different light with this adrenaline pumping high-speed boat trip from Tower Bridge to the O2 as well as a slowed down tour around Blackfriars. Slots are available throughout the day so why not head out after dark to see the city lights glistening in the river reflection.

Liverpool: River Cruise and Sightseeing Bus Tour

Liverpool has one of the most evocative skylines of any northern city and you can soak in the River Mersey winter sunset on a winter’s day aboard the city’s famous ferry. Jump onboard at whatever time suits you and grab a drink (boozy or otherwise) to relax in style while gazing at the city sights. This ticket also gives you access to hop on and off the sightseeing bus tour, best 2 for 1 offer going.

Scotland: Loch Ness monster cruise

This is the stuff gothic novels are made of. There are few sites more mysterious than the Scottish loch where beneath the misty waters the most famous fabled water beast lurks. Will you be the one to spot Nessie during this hour cruise on Loch Ness? With the help of the cruise boat’s sonar system, you might have a chance. If the legend of the lake doesn’t tickle your fancy, then kick back and enjoy views of the medieval ruins of Urquhart Castle and the lush greenery surrounding the loch.

Norfolk: Lowestoft Coastal Sightseeing

Jet out of Lowestoft Harbour for a great coastal tour of the Norfolk coast. Looking back at the beaches and headlands as you speed your way through the sea is an exhilarating experience and you may even be able to spot some seal shaped friends in the waters.

Cambridge: punting down the river

See eight of the famous colleges of Cambridge and nine bridges to navigate under with a student guide. Lounge among the cushions in your boat whilst your guide pushes you along the River Cam. Why not have a go at punting yourself with a free lesson during your tour.

Stand-Up-Paddle Tour on the River Gannel

Okay so this one isn’t technically a boat, but it still looks awesome. Paddle your way up the River Gannel in Cornwall and search the banks for the reems of wildlife hidden in the greenery. This serene river trip is perfect for a spot of winter water sports. Wear booties, gloves and a body warmer-buoyancy aid for warmth and safety.

The London Dinner Cruise on the Thames River

Dinner on the Thames? Don’t mind if we do. Enjoy a slap-up dinner on the river as you eat up the London skyline on this three-hour cruise. If you haven’t seen the other worldly alien like Thames Barrier gleaming in the moonlight, are you even a Londoner? With shared tables and live acts, it’s a great one for a mates night out.

Brilliant White-Water Rafting in the Lake District

Yeah, we know, this one isn’t a boat trip either, but hear us out! Who said white-water rafting was a summer activity? If you can brave the icy waters head over to Fell Foot in the Lake District for a high-adrenaline winter adventure.

Cardiff Bay Boat Tour

The Welsh capital boasts a fantastic coastline so head out into Cardiff Bay to see what all the fuss is about. Find out what it is that makes Cardiff Bay so special and check out the city skyline from the sea.