Thames Explorer
80-min Cruise

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This Is The River As It Should Be, Tranquil, Winding And Taking You Into Wind In The Willows Country.

Thames Explorer 80 Minute River Cruise

Our most popular trip takes you to Mapledurham Lock, which feels a world away from life in Reading. Following the Thames upstream, you will see wildlife, open countryside, islands and look out towards the Berkshire Downs.

Please note that on occasion if the river is flowing with a heavy stream we may need to alter the course of our river trips. The trip length with remain unchanged but the exact route may differ.

The cruise will turn* at Mapledurham Lock taking a panoramic view of the weir, before cruising back downstream past Mapledurham House towards Reading. Plenty of time to relax, spot wildfowl and enjoy the Thames.

Cruises run weekends from April 4th – End of September and daily during school holidays twice daily at 1100 hrs and 1400hrs.


We are currently unable able to operate any cruises. You will not be able to make a reservation or book tickets until we are advised that it is permitted to start river trips again. In the interim we are testing systems and layout plans on our vessels to be able to return to service as soon as possible and so we can all, once again, enjoy the stunning River Thames. Stay safe and we hope to see you soon.

This Trip's Great For

  • Seeing the Thames outside Reading
  • Looking for some down time
  • A mini afternoon adventure
  • Getting away from it all
  • Wildlife Spotting

Things to see & do

  • See a lock and weir stream
  • Views to the Berkshire Downs
  • Check out the Thames islands
  • Glimpses of Mapledurham House & Mill
  • Time for a glass of Wine or cup of tea

What you need to know

  • Online Ticket prices are £11.50 per adult
  • Cruises depart from Caversham Pier
    • Trips start 4th April 2020 and run until the end of September
  • Boarding commences 10mins prior to departure
  • Parking is available nearby
  • See the map for directions

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Need some help?

If you would like more information about a cruise, boat trip or wish to discuss a party or private charter booking, please call Theresa in our planning office on 0118 948 1088 or email us using the contact form below.