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Lancaster Canal Boats - Kingfisher Cruises

Type:Canal / Waterway / Marina

The Old Garden Centre, Barton Grange Hotel, 746 - 768 Garstang Road, Barton, Preston, Lancashire, PR3 5AA

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Tel: 01524 389 410

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New for 2021
Got the vision?  Eurovision cruise - by popular demand the Eurovison cruise returns where you can pick the winners without the political pressure and enjoy the quiz, just to see how much you know about the contest. Book early to avoid disappointment.

​​​​The Comedy cruises – a short burst of fun from the resident artist starts the cruise off as you head off along the canal to collect your evening meal. Enjoy the food at a table before the rip roaring after effects of a fabulous and entertaining evening leave you in stiches. Be prepared for plenty of fun and laughter and don’t be caught out.

Santa Specials - offering three santa special cruises for the Christmas season in 2021 along with turkey and tinsel and festive murder mystery cruise. 

Lancaster Canal Boats – Kingfisher Cruises
Kingfisher Cruises operate year round cruises along the beautiful Lancaster Canal.  During the peak season (May to October) the timetabled daily cruises run from various locations. With central heating (if required) the boat offers a great all weather option in times of inclement weather. The two centre cruises run on a Lancaster timetable working out from Barton Grange and Lancaster during this summer period.

Lancaster area – The Original Lune Aqueduct Cruise
​​On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday they run the hugely popular Lune Aqueduct Return Cruises – with up to 3 cruises per day. They depart from the Aldcliffe Road mooring  ( LA1 1AZ)  opposite the Waterwitch Pub in, through the outskirts of the city passing the refurbished mills that follow the canal towpath through the city and onto the spectacular Award Winning Lune Aqueduct. In 2012 the Lune Aqueduct received a magnificent makeover which restored it back to its original splendour and creating it to a high quality visitor attraction. The cruises last 1 hour 45 minutes and hot & cold drinks are available on board as well as refreshments.  A number of lunchtime cruises departing at 12:30 offer the choice of fish and chips or hot pot on board whilst some of  the afternoon cruises depart with Afternoon tea as an option.

Lancaster – Carnforth Watherbus
On a number of weekends through the summer the 'Waterbus' service operates between Lancaster and Carnforth departing at 10:30. The waterbus goes over the Lune Aqueduct and through the city suburbs before the canal meanders its way towards Hest Bank. Passing through the area between Hest bank and Bolton Le Sands offer great views of Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland hills. The waterbus continues onto its destination at Carnforth arriving some 3 ½ hours later.

A return cruise from Carnforth to the end of the navigable Lancaster Canal at Tewitfield, departing at 14:30 and includes afternoon tea is a must to pass a summer Saturday afternoon. Take the opportunity to travel through the only tunnel on the canal as the boat goes under the M6 motorway.

Special offers are available on this waterbus cruise. If you are walking along the towpath you may wish to board the waterbus, this is done by holding you hand out at bridges anywhere along the stretch of canal. When you wish to leave advise the crew who will arrange for the boat to stop at your preferred stop.

The return waterbus service departs from Carnforth on the Sunday at 1030 arriving in Lancaster at 1400.

Entertainment Cruises (Lancaster Carnforth & Barton Grange)
They operate a wide selection of entertainment cruises throughout the summer. There are a number of  Murder Mystery evening cruises which are very popular and operate from both Barton Grange & Carnforth.

Fish, Chip and Quiz cruises run from Lancaster on a number of Wednesdays and from Barton Grange on Friday nights  The entertainment cruises with live artist and music run from Tewitfield, Carnforth, Lancaster and Barton Grange just pick the one that suits your date.

Barton Grange
On a number of weekends through the summer, they offer a myriad of cruises from this popular destination. From just a return 1 ¼ hour cruise or up to 3 hours the choice is yours. Many include hot meals or afternoon tea with the Sunday Afternoon tea to Garstang a very popular cruise.

They also operate a variety of other cruises such as Cream Tea Cruises, Afternoon Tea Cruises, Champagne Afternoon Tea Cruises, Mother’s Day Cruises, Father’s Day Cruises plus much much more!!!

Something for everyone – for a copy of the leaflet simply contact the office, pick them up at the Lancaster and Barton Grange kiosks or visit the website.

During the winter months Kingfisher is moored at Barton Grange Marina where they run the Christmas cruises from and these include the very popular, Santa Special Cruises, Santa Twilight Cruises and Santa Magical Cruises. The boat is also available for Christmas parties with a difference.

And that’s not all…For groups and coaches we also operate their Lancashire Days programme which is a full day tour with a canal cruise, lunch and visits to any of the attractions in their brochure as well as an on board host for the full day to look after you! Contact them for a brochure today.

Their luxury Wide Beam canal boat Kingfisher is also available for private party hire for any occasion…From birthdays to weddings, they cover everything! So if you are looking for a totally unique venue for your event please get in contact and we will tailor make your quote to make your event as memorable as possible. . The party can order food options from the extensive menu and also take up the various packages to enhance the boat for the private hire. If you are on holiday and want to do something a bit different then come and enjoy Kingfisher whether it’s a private hire , booking one of our many entertainment cruises or dipping into one of our fantastic Murder Mystery cruises, lots on offer come and enjoy.  

Gift vouchers are also available for any of their cruises or just a set amount.

On board there is a fully licensed bar selling hot and cold drinks, beers, wines, spirits, crisps and confectionary and all the cruises come with a fully accredited Boatmaster and friendly crew to look after you throughout your cruise.


Book Tickets


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Tours tickets from£7.50 per ticket

The above ticket prices are a guide only - prices vary depending on the type of cruise. Single, Return and Concession tickets available to the various destinations on route. Please contact tel: 01524 389410 for further details.

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Please check the Lancaster Canal Boats website for opening times (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Summer Season - May to mid October.
Winter Season - mid October to April.
Office hours 10:00 - 16:00
Advance booking advised to guarantee seats, please visit the website for timetables and details.


  • VAQAS VB Attraction
VAQAS VB Attraction


  • Sub-Regional AwardsSmall Visitor Attraction of the Year Small Visitor Attraction of the Year 2013
  • Sub-Regional AwardsPartner of Visit Lancashire Partner of Visit Lancashire 2018


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  • Booking essential
  • Concessionary Admission Charges
  • Conference & Meeting Facilities
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Event Venue
  • Facilities for Visually Impaired Visitors
  • Family Fun
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Indoor Attraction
  • Local
  • Max group size
  • Min group size
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Open All Year
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times
  • Outdoor
  • Outdoor Attraction
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • TIC Staff Admitted Free
  • Toilets


  • Facility for service dogs - Guide dogs welcome on all cruises with water provided if required. Small non guide dogs welcome on all cruises except food cruises - water provided if required.

Children & Infants

  • Baby Bottle and Food Warming Facilities Available

Establishment Features

  • Conference Facilities
  • Dogs Accepted

Parking & Transport

  • Car Parking
  • Coaches Welcome
  • Parking (charge)

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Solo accepted
  • Special Group Rates
  • Switch accepted
  • Visa accepted

Provider Preferences

  • Groups accepted
  • In countryside
  • In town/city centre

Specialist Features

  • Aim to Attract Conferences & Business meetings

Travel & Trade

  • Group discounts available
  • Min group size numeric qualifier - Cruises operate with a minimum of 25 passengers
  • Packed lunches available



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