90 Minute River Trip

Thames Experience 90 Minute Round Trip Cruise

Cruise from Caversham Pier through twists and turns to Mapledurham Lock and Weir. This is the river as it should be, tranquil and stunning in Wind in the Willows Country.

About This 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.

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.


Revised 2020 timetable from 5th July. Sailing every weekend Saturday 14.00 and Sunday 10.30 & 14.00

Autumn Half Term Cruises also running on Tuesday, Thursday & Friday

Tickets: Adult – £12.50 Senior – £12 Child – £9.50 Family 2+2 £39

Due to current restrictions relating to address details no more than 4 adults may book on one ticket. Each cruise is operating at around 30% capacity of the vessel for your comfort.

October Half Term. Take a round-trip cruise on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday. Book Online for amazing Autumn Colours


+++ Free Tea or Coffee with each adult ticket from Saturday 24th Oct – Saturday 31st Oct+++

This summer is a little different on The Thames. We have made some changes to the way we operate for your safety and comfort as well as that of our crews. We want everyone to enjoy the fresh river air and feel the relaxation and beauty a trip on the river brings. Our downloadable guide to keeping safe can be found here. We have also highlighted key points below. If at any time you are unsure or feel you need assistance please don’t hesitate to speak to the skipper or crew on your vessel – they are there for your safety.


At the current time we are unable to allow pushchairs and buggies onboard. You are welcome to leave them on the pier at your own risk.

Stay 2 Meters Apart When Boarding

Passengers will be guided to their seats

Please call ahead for wheelchair access

Contactless Payments Only Onboard

Please wear a face covering for boarding and moving about

Remain seated for departure & arrival

The Revised 2020 timetable starts on Sunday 5th July and will operate every weekend and Tuesday-Friday during Summer School Holidays (20th July – 28th August)

Departure Point

All cruises will depart from our boarding point at Caversham Promenade or Caversham Pier (they are next to each other) by Reading Rowing club beside Caversham Bridge Reading. There are car parks nearby which are often free at the weekend.

Wheelchair Access

One of the vessels operating this service has good access and the other is multi-deck and at the current time not accessible. We ask you to call the office on 01189 481088 to discuss your requirements and we can advise on the best options for you or your guests so that most suitable vessel can be confirmed for a specific sailing. Our aim is to be as accessible as we possibly can be, we are testing ideas to make access better and would appreciate any feedback or suggestions.