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Sandwich Riverbus

The Quay, Sandwich CT13 9EN, England
+44 7958 376183
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Seals and sea birds

The Southern Queen is an interesting boat built in 1935. The trip down the river was longer than... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
via mobile
Bravo to Captain Colin!

We were visiting Sandwich from Deal for the Food Fayre and decided to book a seal-watching river... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fay F
Deal, United Kingdom
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The Quay, Sandwich CT13 9EN, England
+44 7958 376183
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Southern Queen is an interesting boat built in 1935. The trip down the river was longer than I expected and more industrial than you would think. Captain Colin is very knowledgeable about the river and explains its history well, particularly its use during WW1...More

Thank VW-Pagan
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were visiting Sandwich from Deal for the Food Fayre and decided to book a seal-watching river trip on the Southern Queen with Captain Colin as part of our day. So glad we did! Two idyllic and fascinating hours in the sunshine on the meandering...More

Thank Fay F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely trip to see the seals and plenty of bird life recommend warm clothes and binoculars for birds,seals were close and easy to see. Captain happy for you to take fish and chips on board ,seventy seater boat with toilet and cushions for comfort also...More

Thank smiffy11
Reviewed 19 April 2017

I imagine trying to book this in advance might prove tricky. We just turned up about half an hour before and spoke with Captain Colin. Had a quick coffee and returned in time to get a good seat on the side and a cushion to...More

1  Thank Richard M
Reviewed 11 April 2017

This trip has been on our days out list for a few years and with the recent burst of sunny weather we booked and went along. Sandwich is well worth a day out and the tripmon the river bus is the icing on the cake!...More

2  Thank wenmon17
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

My partner and I had seen and heard of the Sandwich Riverbus tour and eagerly awaited a warm day in order to come on board. After having enquired the day before, we booked ourselves onto the 11:30AM slot. When we arrived the following day, we...More

1  Thank sarahruds
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

I booked the river bus as a charter so our group could be alone , no smokers vapours or kids! It was a Shame small tug boat busy so we had the big boat for just us!!! ( wonderful) Colin is very knowledgable and did...More

Thank lizzypayne
Reviewed 4 November 2016

During a weekend in Kent, primarily attending the Chatham Laurel & Hardy Convention, we also visited Ramsgate & Deal. I had not been to Deal since the long, hot summer of 1976 to visit relatives & remember Eastry, Ham & Sandwich as being particularly beautiful....More

1  Thank Anythingdifferent
Reviewed 2 October 2016

it was a lovely autumn day when we set off but I wish I had worn a warmer coat , its colder out on the river, though if you sit near the engine housing you get some heat off the funnel. As the boat moves...More

2  Thank chris t
Reviewed 22 September 2016

The seals at Pegwell Bay have become quite famous in recent years and this is a good way to see them close up. The owner/ captain is mildly eccentric in a good way. The journey to get to the seals is longer and more industrial...More

Thank judy d
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Are you running in March - Thursday 31st?
19 March 2016|
Response from Lionhart50 |
Yes sort trips from 11am then 2 hour Seal trip at 2.30 pm. Please call to book.
Do I need to pre book for the two hour boat tour. Thank you Gina.
6 August 2015|
Response from Lionhart50 |
It is advisable to prebook as space is limited and if demand dictates we will take the second boat. Book in good time to allow crews to be organised.
Kim W
How long is the boat ride?
23 July 2015|
Response from Lionhart50 |
The Seal trip is a minimum of two hours and sometimes a bit longer if interesting things going on.