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Lancaster Canal Boats

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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Lancaster Canal Boats

Operating year round cruises along the beautiful Lancaster Canal. During the peak season (May to October) their timetabled daily cruises run from various locations.

During the week they operate their Lancaster Cruises, for a full list and to book online please see their website:

On Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday they run their hugely popular Lune Aqueduct Return Cruises – with up to 3 cruises per day. They set sail from their mooring opposite The Waterwitch Pub in Lancaster, through the outskirts of the city to 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. These cruises last 1 hour 45 minutes.

On a Thursday Afternoon they operate their southbound 1 way cruise from Lancaster to Galgate. This cruise sets sail from their mooring opposite The Waterwitch in Lancaster and takes you through Aldcliffe and Haverbreaks and into the tranquil Deep Cutting home to such wildlife as Kingfishers, Owls, Badgers and even Deer have been spotted on occasions! This cruise drops you next to The Plough bus stop in Galgate for you to catch the bus back to Lancaster. This Cruise Lasts 1 hour 40 minutes.

On every Thursday in August they operate their Lancaster to Carnforth Waterbus return cruise. This cruise sees them set sail from their mooring opposite the Waterwitch and sailing Northbound across the magnificent Lune Aqueduct towards the first timetabled stop Hest Bank which offers beautiful views out towards Morecambe bay and the cumbrian fells, passengers can disembark here for a break around Hest Bank & Morecambe if they require as they continue the journey. They then continue north through the Hest Bank swing bridge and into the village of Bolton Le Sands where we have a choice of two stops, the first is the Packet Boat and the next is The Royal. Passengers can disembark here for a break around Bolton Le Sands and a stroll to the Morecambe Bay shoreline. They then continue the journey north as they arrive at their destination, the Canal Turn at Carnforth. Here the boat turns and then has a 45 minute break allowing passengers to take a stroll around Carnforth or simply grab a bite to eat at the Canal Turn pub. After the rest break, they then begin the journey southbound home, again stopping at Bolton Le Sands & Hest Bank to collect any passengers. They then arrive back at the mooring in Lancaster.

The Full day Cruise is 7 hours 15 minutes – but this includes the 45 minute break at Carnforth
The Lancaster to Hest Bank cruise is 1 hour 40 minutes with 2 hours around Hest Bank/Morecambe
The Lancaster to Bolton Le Sands Cruise is 2 hours 15 minutes with 1 hour 15 minutes around Bolton Le Sands/Morecambe

On Saturdays they operate the Barton Grange Return Cruises, from the marina next to the garden centre.
Their 1st and 3rd week is Barton Grange to Catterall return cruise which takes them out of the marina and heads northbound through the countryside scenery and views of the Bowland fells before turning and returning back to the marina. This cruise is 1 hour 15 minutes
Our 2nd week is Barton Grange to Garstang Return cruise – with the option of a single ticket to allow you shopping time in Garstang before making your own way back to the marina. This cruise sails northbound again through the countryside and continues north to the market town of Garstang. Here passengers can either stay on board for the return cruise or disembark for shopping time. This cruise is 3 hours if you do the full return cruise.
Their 4th week is the Barton Grange to Woodplumpton Return Cruise, which takes them from the marina and sails southbound through the village of Bilsborrow and past Owd Nells &Guys Thatched Hamlet out into the tranquil countryside before they turn just before Woodplumton and head back to the marina. This cruise is 2 hours 15 minutes.

As well as the timetabled service, theyalso run a range of fun evening cruises such as:
• Fish, Chips & Quiz Cruise
• Fish, Chips & ABBA Cruise
• Fish, Chips & Buble Swing Cruise
• Fish, Chips & Motown Cruise
• Fish, Chips & Rock & Roll “Quiffs” Cruise
• Fish, Chips & Party Cruise
• Hot Pot & Quiz Cruise

Plus many many more!

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, Santa Special Cruises, Santa Twilight Cruises, Santa Magical Cruises plus much much more!!!

They really do have something for everyone – for copies of their brochures simply contact the office or visit the website!

And that’s not all…For groups and coaches they 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 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.

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

On board they have 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.


Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Lune Aqueduct Cruise£12.00 per ticket
Lune Aqueduct Cruise£10.00 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 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* Summer Season runs from May to Oct and the Winter Season runs from Oct to Apr. 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


Road Directions

Morecambe, Lancaster and the Lune Valley is located in Lancashire, in the Northwest of England. Exit the M6 Motorway at Junction 34 and follow signs for Lancaster. Join the one way system (Caton Road) and pass small retail park on left on approach to traffic lights. Turn left following signs for Lancaster City Centre. Full directions for each boat stop are available on the website or by telephone.

Public Transport Directions

The nearest train station is Lancaster which is only a 5 minute walk from Lancaster Visitor Information Centre, just outside the city centre. The station is on the West Coast Mainline with regular mainline Virgin services to London & South and Glasgow & North. Local services include a regular service to Morecambe. For more information call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 484950 or visit nationalrail.co.uk. The nearest bus station is Lancaster which is less than a 5 minute walk from the central pedestrianised shopping area at Darnside St/Chapel St. Local, regional and national services are available. For further information contact traveline on 0871 200 2233 or visit traveline.org.uk.



  • Booking essential
  • Concessionary Admission Charges
  • Conference & Meeting Facilities
  • Dogs Accepted
  • 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
  • Out of Hours Visits
  • 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

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

Special Offers

  • Free hot drink on board Kingfisher on production of your Visit Card. Click on the website to see the full list of cruises.

    More offers like this - VISIT Card Special Offers



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