6 of the best Hampshire boat cruises

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As we enter high summer and the temperature rises, many of us head out and on to the water. We have handpicked some exciting ways to explore the sea, rivers and canals around Hampshire

Puffin Cruises, Lymington Quay

Running frequently throughout the day and with full commentary, the 30-minute cruise takes you down the Lymington River past the marinas and through protected salt marshes, which are a haven for seabirds.


Beaulieu River Cruise

This 30-minute leisurely cruise on the beautiful Beaulieu River is accompanied by a commentary revealing the river's history and the wildlife that inhabits its banks. Tickets are £5.50 for adults, £5 for seniors, £3.50 for children and £15 for a family. Advanced tickets are 50p cheaper.


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Shieldhall Steam Ship

Shieldhall is a heritage steam ship operating from Southampton and a flagship of the National Historic Fleet. It's the largest working steamship of her type in Britain and is licensed to carry a maximum of 200 passengers. On board, the galley serves hot and cold food, plus there's a bar for that important G&T.


Solent & Wightline Cruises

Whether you are looking for boat trips around Portsmouth Harbour or a cruise from the Isle of Wight, Solent and Wightline have a route for you - they can even tailor a cruise to suit. There are trips from Cowes on the Isle of Wight, Gunwharf Quays, The Historic Dockyard and Ocean Village in Southampton.


John Pinkerton Canal Cruises

From the sea and rivers, to canal trips and the John Pinkerton II for a cruise in the peaceful surroundings of the Basingstoke Canal. There are various cruises available, one being the 2.5 hour return trip from Colt Hill in Odiham. Tickets are £12 for adults, £5 for children and £10 for senior citizens.


Oyster Boat Terror

As the last remaining example of a gaff-rigged, open-decked sailing boat, Terror is considered to be one of the most beautiful sights in Emsworth Harbour. Terror sits low in the water and with high side-decks, everyone on board feels secure. She's wide in the beam too, so nice and stable. A trip lasts around two and a half hours, visiting the most beautiful parts of Emsworth Harbour, the inlets that wind down to Langstone and out into the channel. Every penny of your booking fee goes towards preserving Terror for future generations. The cost is £20 per adult and £10 for children from six to 16 years old.



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