River Cruises

Enjoy a tranquil cruise through the High Weald to National Trust’s Bodiam Castle or to Iden Lock, just outside historic Rye. Charter the ex Navy M.V.Dannie Lee boat & captain for your special event or celebration or book tickets on one of our timetabled sunset cruises. Chartered trips can be booked from 1-3 hours & are popular for family & friend groups, corporate events, school trips, birthday & anniversaries, hen & stag parties etc. A trip on a clear evening can be especially stunning, as the return journey is in full view of the setting sun.

If you’re lucky you might spot a swan, heron, mink or the resident family of Kingfishers. 



Enjoy a tranquil 2hr river cruise along the River Rother towards historic Rye.
From 5pm every Saturday May-Sep plus other dates listed on booking form.
Lime Wharf Cafe will be open if you would like to have a late lunch before you head off or pack a picnic for the cruise and then grab a couple of drinks on your return, before the cocktail bar closes at 8pm. 

Max 12 people. £22.50pp (£12 for <14yrs). 


Private Charter - Bodiam Boating Station

Perfect for any celebration or get together with friends, family or corporate day out. Why not combine your trip with a meal or afternoon tea at our sister company, Lime Wharf Cafe.

Available every day April to September

Max 12 people. £150 1st hour, then £120ph. Max hire: 3 hours. 

Optional Extras

Optional Extras on the boat:

Optional Extras before or after your cruise:

Breakfast, Lunch or Afternoon Tea at Lime Wharf Café

Kayak, Canoe, SUP or Row Boat Hire. See Boat hire page


Special Offers

1 hour cruise followed by a cream tea at Lime Wharf Cafe. Runs every Wednesday 3pm until 31 August and at 2pm in September.
£20pp includes the cruise, 2 scones, clotted cream, jam and a pot of tea – Gluten Free and Vegan options available.

Suggested Itineraries

Train, Boat Hire & Lunch Combo

This makes for an ideal day out for the whole family & is our most popular day trip.

Take the 30 minute scenic train journey aboard the Kent & East Sussex Railway train from Tenterden to Northiam Station. Walk 300m along a footpath to us. Enjoy an hour paddle on the river & a tasty lunch in the stunning café or garden & then walk back to re-alight the train back to Tenterden. If anyone in your party isn’t keen on getting on a boat, they can walk along the river & watch you or sit back and relax in Lime Wharf Café.

Good for groups & individuals. Great for those on a budget as you pay for each element separately so have a choice on how much you’d like to spend.  KESR 2023 timetable tbc

Visit: Lime Wharf Cafe
Visit: Kent & East Sussex Railway Website

Train, Boat Hire & Lunch Combo

Charter the boat & arrive at Bodiam Castle in style! 

Group Option 1:
Enjoy a 45min cruise to the castle, hop off to explore the castle, walk 400m to Bodiam Station for a 10 min train ride back to Northiam & short walk along the footpath back to your car. 

Group Option 2: With a little forward planning, it is possible to divide your group, half travel by boat, half by train. Meet at the castle & swap transport for the return journey. 

If you don’t wish to disembark the boat, simply book the 1.5hr cruise on the button below. Please note that the boat is chargeable chargeable whilst away from base.

Maximum 12 people £210 plus anytime boat waiting at Bodiam Castle. Train timetable 2023 tbc

Second boat available during busy periods, seating additional 12 people.
LINK: National Trust Bodiam Castle Website
LINK: Kent & East Sussex Railway Website

Mid-Week Boat Hire & Breakfast or Lunch Deal £35pp

Visit us Monday-Friday in Term-Time and we’ll treat you to two hour’s boat hire followed by a main course breakfast or lunch. Quote ‘messing about on the river’ to qualify for offer.

Choose single or double kayak, rowing boat or SUP boards.
Menus at Lime Wharf Cafe change regularly. Click below for current menus.

Visit: Lime Wharf Cafe


Bodiam Boating Station reserves the right to cancel trips without notice if weather and/or flood conditions make such actions necessary. The company accepts no liability for any loss or damage to property aboard a vessel. If you or any of your group are unable to use a booked ticket, please inform us in good time to allow us to re-sell the ticket. You may be charged if less than 24 hours notification has been given.