Where to Find Us
For your Bath boat trip you can board the Pulteney Princess either from Pulteney Bridge, in the beautiful city of Bath, or from Bathampton, which is approximately two miles upriver from the city.
Pulteney Bridge, Bath Map
As you cross the Palladian Pulteney Bridge, completed 1774 - the only building in Bath by Robert Adam - you will find a stone stairway at the far end of the bridge, on the right hand side. Descend these steps, you will see Pulteney weir straight ahead of you. The Pulteney Princess will be there, ready for boarding 15 minutes prior to the published departure times. Be sure to board the Pulteney Princess as other boats may not drop you off at our landing stage in Bathampton.
If stairs are a problem for you, continue a few metres, turn left down Grove Street and turn sharp left again (doubling back on yourself) and the road takes you under the bridge down to the river.
It is best to arrive a few minutes before our published times as we always leave on time.
Our landing stage, in full view of the 800 year old weir and the village pubs and restaurants, is reached from a toll road (70pence for cars, free to walkers and cyclists) that links the A4 London Road with the A36 Warminster Road.
If you are taking the A4 out of Bath, go over a large roundabout signposted Batheaston, Northend and local traffic. After half a mile, turn right just after the Waggon and Horses pub. Cross the toll bridge and immediately turn right into Bathampton Mill restaurant and pub. Our landing stage is beyond the car park.
Alternatively, if you are taking the A36 from Bath, turn left signposted Bathampton. Follow the road through the charming old village. Cross the Kennet & Avon canal. The George pub is on your left and St Nicholas Church, with its Australia chapel dedicated to Admiral Arthur Phillip and the first fleet, is on the right. The George has a large car park and is happy for boaters to use it, provided they park at the far end away from the pub. Continue across the bypass bridge, turn left into the Bathampton Mill restaurant and pub where you may park if you plan to stop for a drink or a meal there.
Please be ready to sail a few minutes before our published departure times.
About the Boat
The Pulteney Princess is licensed to carry up to 45 passengers. Her length is 13.5 metres and she is 3.6 metres in width. All seating is cushioned. In fine weather the roof is open front and rear but when our weather is being typically British she is fully enclosed. The driver sits at the front alongside the passengers and is happy to chat. There is a small open deck at the front capable of seating up to six people.
She runs at a speed of four knots, which is not much over 4mph. and was built by Bounty Boats in Brundall, Norwich in 1986. She is a traditional Broads riverbus with all round visibility.
Annually, she undergoes a thorough check by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency before she is given her current certificate of safety.
We are fully insured. Copies of our insurance certificates are displayed on board at all times.
The Pulteney Princess is owned and operated by
Avon Cruising Limited
Registered office: 73 St John’s Road, Bath BA2 6PZ
Company registration no 05807179