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Orwell River Cruises

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Address: | Orwell Quay, Ipswich IP3 0BQ, England
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Sail the River Orwell in Style

The River Orwell is one of the most scenic...

Sail the River Orwell in Style

The River Orwell is one of the most scenic and historic rivers in the country. The Orwell Lady public cruises sail from Ipswich Wet Dock (Orwell Quay) to Pin Mill or Harwich Harbour from Easter weekend through to September. There is a programme of music evenings, wine tasting, sunday lunch and afternoon tea cruises throughout the season and the vessel is a popular venue for private charters. Tickets for all public cruises and theme nights are available from the Tourist Information Centre in Ipswich or CoffeeLink on the waterfront.

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River cruise thistle topsail barge

We have just been on the thistle topsail barge today for trip and lunch And it was excellent from the moment to came onboard we were made very welcome Buy the crew skipper... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We have just been on the thistle topsail barge today for trip and lunch And it was excellent from the moment to came onboard we were made very welcome Buy the crew skipper & Dave 1 Dave 2 and the two girls who did lunch which was really good . And the trip plus commmetary excellent trip As there were... More 

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Emma L, Owner at Orwell River Cruises, responded to this review

This is not us :) Please delete and add to the appropriate vessel as they will appreciate your review. Thanks More 

Bury St Edmunds, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

First time we had been on this river or in this area and found it really interesting and quite picturesque. Although there were not too many large ships in Felixstowe, it was none the less impressive. Harwich too was interesting and perhaps we may go back there at some other time to look round the town. Fortunately the weather was... More 

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Emma L, Owner at Orwell River Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you! More 

Telford, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A trip down the Orwell and back.Very interesting and well informative crew.Nice to go under the bridge instead of over it.

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Emma L, Owner at Orwell River Cruises, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed your trip. Thank you for your review. More 

Pakenham, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This was a trip I organised for a group of 50+, taking in Shotley Marina and HMS Ganges museum. Everyone in the group thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the crew were excellent, in looking after us making sure we reached various stages in journey on time, and providing fascinating commentary on the lovely River Orwell. From Start to finish Orwell River... More 

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Emma L, Owner at Orwell River Cruises, responded to this review

I am so pleased to hear you had such a great time. Thank you for your review and hope to see you again soon More 

Essex, United Kingdom
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278 reviews
94 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

We really enjoyed our lunchtime trip on The Thistle. Crew were fun and informative when asked questions. There is no commentary but you can find information on board. We were lucky as it was a beautiful sunny day. A ploughman's lunch was given for lunch which was enjoyable and drinks could be purchased. Would definitely recommend but take a cushion... More 

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Emma L, Owner at Orwell River Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, however this isn't The Thistle! - we are Orwell Lady. Best wishes Emma More 

Lichfield, United Kingdom
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159 reviews
77 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 September 2016

We took a trip on the Orwell Lady on the Harwich harbour Cruise. It lasted approximately 3 and a half hours. It was a good trip and the commentary was excellent. However, we had to retire below deck after a while as the metal bench seats were very uncomfortable. I suggest you take a cushion with you if you are... More 

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Emma L, Owner at Orwell River Cruises, responded to this review

I thought I'd let you know that we have purchased 60 cushions for this season on the basis of your feedback. Thanks for letting us know and hope to see see you on board (and comfy) again soon :) More 

Zurich, Switzerland
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27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

To paraphrase Groucho Marx: I had a perfectly wonderful afternoon, but this wasn't it. In ORC's defence: Maybe my expectation of a river cruise would have expected a more interesting scenery, than the one actually on offer (about 2 interesting buildings on the way between Ipswich and Harwich - plus another few good things to see around the port area... More 

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Emma L, Owner at Orwell River Cruises, responded to this review

Dear Benedikt Thank you for taking the time to write us a review - apologies for the few days it has taken me to respond; I wanted to find the time to speak to the crew and travel onboard the boat to hear the commentary myself. This I did on Friday 30 September. With regards to the river, as you... More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

The trip from Ipswich waterfront through the lock gates and under the Orwell Bridge, up the River Orwell, with a marvellous afternoon tea or sandwiches of all varieties, salads, and delicious variety of cakes and cream scones. Skipper gave a very interesting and informative commentary, and along with the bonus of a fantastic late summer afternoon , made for a... More 

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IPSWICH SUFFOLK U.K.
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Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We have lived in Ipswich all our lives but had never been on the River Orwell, so we decided to change all that with a Cruse on a barge name "The Thisle" - cost was £35 for a couple with a Ploughmans lunch - the cruse lasted 4 hours and was superb - the skipper and mate kept us informed... More 

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Emma L, Owner at Orwell River Cruises, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, however this isn't The Thistle! - we are Orwell Lady. Best wishes Emma More 

Ipswich, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
42 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

We booked for the Ipswich to Harwich harbour trip lasting 2.5hrs, and what a lovely cruise it was!!! A open upstairs deck where most people want to sit but there is a enclosed lower deck with a licenced bar and snacks available to buy. We managed to secure a nice seat near the front of the boat, with beautiful scenic... More 

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Emma L, Owner at Orwell River Cruises, responded to this review

I just wanted to let you know that we have purchased cushions for this season on the basis of your feedback. Thank you. And hope to see you on board again soon. More 

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