Boat Trips

Add a boat trip to your museum visit


On three days a week in summer we offer boat trips as an addition to your visit to the museum. These need to be booked online in advance. The trips are normally aboart Long Tom, a purpose-designed sightseeing boat jointly owned by us and another waterways charity. It has big windows that open in summer, and passengers are seated at tables. Free tea or coffee is provided on all trips. See the link below for December 2023 Mince Pie Cruises

When trips operate

Trips in 2024 will be on Thursdays Fridays and Sundays

Where do they go?

For mince pie cruises, December 2023, please go to

There are four summer itineraries:

How much does it cost?

Our 2023 summer boat trip charges were:

Ticket Tunnel trip Cream tea Long trip
Adult 16-120 14 25 30
Concession 12 22.50 27.50
Child 0-15 9 18 22.50

What's included

All trips include your museum visit and a cup of tea or coffee on board the boat. A guide travels with you to give a historical commentary

Can I buy a ticket on the day

If there are any tickets left you can book online up to 15 minutes before departure. After that any unsold seats can be paid for at reception. However, this is not a good idea, it is reccommended that you book in advance otherwise disappointment is likely. If you make a booking online after paying for museum admission your museum entry ticket can be refunded at reception.

What if I book and cannot make it?

There are no refunds. If you give us plenty of notice by email not by telephone we may be willing to transfer your booking to a different date.

How to book

Booking is online on this page:

How accessible is Long Tom

The boat is not wheelchair accessible. Access to the cabin involves climbing down narrow stairs that turn. Staff will do their best to help people with access needs if they can.

What should I wear?

The boat is fully enclosed but many people like to open the windows so it is best to have outdoor clothing with you. In the tunnel there is no sunshine so it can be chilly even in summer. Please wear sensible shoes that won't fall off your feet.