All our boats are open so you get the best views of the birds, wildlife and scenery.
We have 3 boats, Tilly, Sea Tradar and Hagar.
Tilly runs from Orford Quay, whilst Sea Tradar and Hagar run from Snape Maltings Quay.
Tilly and Sea Tradar are licenced to take up to 12 passengers, Hagar is licenced to take up to 10 passengers.
We run from Easter until the end of October. At Orford the trips times are the same each day but at Snape it depends on the tides, so please check the calendar for both dates and times.
You can book online via this website for both the Orford and Snape trips – for Snape you are directed to booking on the official Snape Maltings website www.snapemaltings.co.uk. We do also take bookings on the quay so you can just take a chance and turn up on the day if you prefer but we can get very busy at weekends and during holiday periods so advance booking a few days ahead is advisable if you want to guarantee a space. You can of course book earlier if you want.
All advance online bookings can only be paid for by card. We can take card or cash payments on board if you choose to turn up on the day and purchase any tickets available.
Yes, if making an advance online booking. For any tickets purchased on the day you will need to pay on board prior to the boat's departure.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency regulations state that we have to carry life jackets on board. Life jackets only have to be worn in an emergency.
No, there are no toilets on board, there are however toilets in the car park behind the quay at Orford and toilets at Snape Maltings.
No - the rate is the same as for adults.
Yes, infants under the age of 2 can come on board for free. However, a place does need to be booked for an infant as we are only licenced to take 10 or 12 passengers on each boat and under the Maritime and Coastguard Agency rules an infant under 2 is counted as a passenger and thereby takes one of the licenced spaces.
Yes - we go in all weathers if safe to do so. Very occasionally we do have to cancel if it's too windy. See Terms and Conditions.
No - but we advise sensible clothing to suit the weather (it’s always a bit cooler on the water!) Sensible footwear is also advised because if it’s raining it can sometimes be a bit slippery.
Yes - there is a big “pay and display” car park in Orford, on the left handside as you drive down to Orford quay. At Snape Maltings there is ample free car parking.
The trip from Orford Quay lasts for about one hour and the trip from Snape Maltings is about 50 minutes.
Suffolk River Trips boats often still run if the weather is rainy, cloudy or otherwise inclement. Occasionally, very high winds may call for a shorter journey or cancellation. If Suffolk River Trips have to cancel a trip completely you will be offered the choice to move your booking to another day or to receive a full refund if payment has already been made. If the boats are running a normal service despite the weather but you decide not to travel, then you will forfeit your ticket and not be entitled to a refund. See Terms and Conditions.
The boats cannot accommodate bulky luggage. Items including, but not limited to pushchairs, buggies and luggage cannot be taken on the boats. Suffolk River Trips do not have a storage facility so any items left behind and unattended will be at the owner’s risk.
Yes, well-behaved dogs are always welcome – however, there may be other dogs aboard too so please do bear this in mind when deciding whether to bring your dog or not.
There are a number of possibilities for a private charter from both Orford and Snape Maltings. If you would like to discuss particular requirements and costs for a private charter from either Orford or Snape Maltings then please do give us a call on 07793 307337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Unfortunately, due to the size of the boats and the limited floor area we are unable to accommodate wheelchairs. However, their occupants are more than welcome as long as they are able to board the boat albeit with assistance from their companions and / or the crew.