Boat Trips on The English-Riviera

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Best Boat Trips on the English Riviera

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Calendar iconPosted 19th Jan 2023

In our opinion, there’s no better way to admire the coastline or riverbanks than being on the water itself. Hop aboard one of the many boats which operate along the south Devon coast and rivers and simply relax whilst the scenery gently scrolls past. Unwind whilst breathing in the fresh breeze.

It really is the perfect way to explore our beautiful south Devon coastline, visiting our quaint harbours and fishing villages. If you’re lucky you may even spot local marine life including dolphins, seals as well as the many different bird species which inhabit our local waters. To ensure you don’t miss out, we’ve put together our list of the best boat trips on the English Riviera to enjoy with your family, friends and even your dog.

Dartmouth Riverboat Company

Departing from either Torquay or Brixham, the Dartmouth Steam Railway and Riverboat Company offers a full day trip to Dartmouth. This trip also allows you time to browse the shopping, restaurants and cafes before returning in the afternoon. Book the award winning round robin tour and you can enjoy a truly unique trip. We think this tour is one of the best way to explore south Devon! It includes travel on steam train, river boat and bus visiting the quaint towns of Paignton, Dartmouth and Totnes.

Paignton Pleasure Cruises and Ferry Service

Their ferries and boat cruise trip departs from Paignton harbour and is only a short stroll from Beverley Holidays meaning that you can enjoy the coast without having to drive anywhere. They offer short ferry trip to nearby towns of Torquay and Brixham plus offer day cruises to some of our hidden gems around the English Riviera and South Devon.

Greenway & Dittisham Ferry River Boat Cruises

Greenway & Dittisham ferry operate ferries from Dartmouth to Agatha Christie’s holiday home Greenway on the edges of the beautiful River Dart and also between the quaint villages of Dittisham and Galmpton.

Western Lady Ferry Services

The Western Lady runs regular ferries between Torquay and Brixham plus does exciting wildlife cruises, evening cruises, fishing trips and special events. Dogs are welcome on all their trips and are changed at £2 per dog.

Dartmouth To Totnes River Cruise

The scenic river cruise runs a regular 90-minute (each way) service between Dartmouth and Totnes along the stunning River Dart, passing through the riverside villages of Stoke Gabriel and Dittisham and the Sharpham Estate with its vineyards. You will also get the opportunity to enjoy time exploring the delightful, quirky and historic market towns of Totnes and Dartmouth.

MV Dart Explorer on the overnight pontoon at Dartmouth


If you’ve been inspired to visit Devon and enjoy one of its many boat trip, booking your next holiday by calling us on 01803 843887 or book online.

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