From its source in Rotherfield, East Sussex to historic Rye, the River Rother is one of the finest rural rivers in England and has been navigated for centuries. Our river trips follow the river through the High Weald, upstream to the magnificent 14th Century National Trust Bodiam Castle and downstream towards Rye.
Ferry to Bodiam Castle
Up to four return trips a day aboard the ex-Royal Navy Lifeboat, M.V.Dannie Lee.
Nature lovers will enjoy this leisurely 3.8 mile cruise & if you’re lucky, you might spot a heron or kingfisher.
Max 24 people. 45 minutes each way; begin your journey either end.
Second boat available during busy periods, seating additional 12 people.
CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
LINK: National Trust Bodiam Castle Website
EARLY BIRD CRUISE
BREAKFAST ON BOARD
One hour cruise downstream plus choice of Bacon, Egg or Mushroom Bap & Hot Drink to take with you.
Saturday 9am Jun-Aug
£12pp; £10 child <14 yrs.
Please specify food choice at time of booking & we'd be grateful if you could bring a travel mug with you, or buy one from us.
Private Charter – Dannie Lee
Outside the usual timetable, the Dannie Lee is available for private hire for just £100 per hour; perfect for corporate events, school trips, birthday parties, anniversaries, hen and stag parties etc. That's as little as £4.16pp!
Maximum of 24 passengers.
Catering options: Add a Bottle of Bubbles (£30) or Cream Tea (£8pp) on the boat, or a meal at Lime Wharf Cafe or The White Hart Public House.
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Private Charter – IRENE
(AVAILABLE FROM 2020) A beautiful vessel, complete with canopy, Irene was built in 1920 in Mahogany and Oak and has an interesting past (link to more info). She is popular for wedding proposals, delivering wedding parties to Bodiam Castle & other special occasions. Let your captain guide you down the River Rother towards Rye or Bodiam Castle in comfort; sit back and enjoy the ride! £120 per hour.
Maximum of 6 adults and 2 children passengers.
Optional extras: Bottle of Prosecco £25. Scones, Clotted Cream and Strawberry Jam £8pp
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* 3 return trips plus 4th trip @ 1600h weekends & school hols Jun-Aug.
To Do @ Bodiam Boating Station:BOAT HIRE: KAYAKING, ROWING, SUP, CANOE
BREAKFAST, LUNCH, AFTERNOON TEA OR JUST AN ICE-CREAM @ LIME WHARF CAFE
LUNCH OR DINNER @ THE WHITE HART PUBLIC HOUSE
A WALK AROUND NEWENDEN VILLAGE
A VISIT TO ST PETERS CHURCH
To Do @ Bodiam Castle:VISIT THE CASTLE & GROUNDS
LUNCH @ THE CASTLE INN OR NATIONAL TRUST TEA ROOMS
DAYS OF OPERATION 2020 - Booking Advised4-15 Apr - Easter Hols: Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun
Plus 13 Apr - Easter Monday
16 Apr-24 May: Wed, Sat & Sun
Plus 8 May Bank Friday
25-31 May-2 Jun - Half Term: Every Day
1-30 June: Wed, Sat & Sun
1-12 July: Every Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun
13 Jul-2 Sept: Every Day
3 Sep-Oct: Wed, Sat & Sun
Ticket Price 2020Adult (14 yrs+) £12 Return / £8 Sgl
Child (3-13 yrs) £8 Return / £5 Sgl
Babies (0-2 yrs) FREE
Senior Citizen (65 yrs+) £10 Return / £6 Sgl
Family (2 Ad + 2 Ch) £35
Groups over 10 people 10% Discount (return tickets only)
24H NOTICE OF CHANGES TO YOUR BOOKING REQUIRED TO AVOID BEING CHARGED
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.