Explore the Beauty of the River Orwell with
Orwell River Cruises
Public Cruises Infomation & Bookings call 01473 258070
General Enquiries call 07773 369970
Charter Enquiries call 07734 875887


  Looking for things to do in Ipswich? Why not try a cruise on the River Orwell aboard Orwell Lady.

We are now in the process of updating the website for the upcoming 2016 Season which will start at the end of March 2016. We hope to have this done soon but apologies in the meantime for any links etc that might not work until the update is complete.

In the meantime, for a pdf file of our 2016 Public Cruises, Catered Cruises and Themed Orwell Lady Nights leaflet please

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We very much regret that there has been an unforseen delay in our booking online system. We can only apologise for this and hope to have this up and running soon. In the meantime Gift Vouchers and tickets can be purchased from our agents as detailed on our booking page. Our new 2016 Public cruise leafet is now available either from the Tourist Information Centre or by contacting us.

Welcome to the website of Orwell River Cruises

Orwell River Cruises Limited was specifically formed in 2001 to bring back the pleasure of river cruising to the River Orwell after an absence of such facilities for several decades.

A Suffolk businessman, with strong links with the maritime scene, is the driving force behind the family owned Orwell River Cruises.  It had long been an ambition to provide a traditional, professionally run, river cruise service locally, so that more people could experience the wonders of the River Orwell and Stour estuary, including the very impressive Port of Felixstowe. The River Orwell is one of the most scenic and historic rivers in the country, and has been officially voted by the RYA as the second most beautiful river in England.  

Using its purpose built vessel, ~Orwell Lady~, the company  runs regular, scheduled cruises for up to 118 passengers per trip, leaving from Orwell Quay in Ipswich Wet Dock, along the River Orwell and into Harwich Harbour.  There are three different daytime public cruises down the river (to the Orwell Bridge and back, Pin Mill and back or Harwich Harbour and back), Afternoon Tea cruises and,Sunday Buffet Lunch cruises to either Harwich Harbour or Pin Mill and various themed evening cruises.  (click on the relevant link to the left in the index for full details).

She is also available for private hire and is described by company bosses as ~ideal~ for corporate use and parties.   If you have a special birthday, anniversay or special occasion then a cruise down the river on Orwell Lady, together with food and music is a wonderful way to celebrate it with a difference.

For charter information you can either call us on 07734 875887 or email us at

If you would like to be kept up to date with the Orwell Lady Newsletter then simply send us an e mail (by clicking the live email link below) with Newsletter in the Subject bar and we'll add you to our database

For further information about all our cruises you may click the links to the left or email.   




© 2016 Orwell River Cruises Limited
updated January 13, 2016

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