Boat trips on River Runner

Boat trips on River Runner is an Experience. Area Sandwich


The Quay
CT13 9EN

Useful info

  • Available: Blue badge/ accessible parking
  • Available: Coach parking available
  • Available: Family-friendly
  • Available: Nature-positive initiatives
  • Available: Public transport nearby
  • Available: Off-site parking (charges may apply)
  • Available: Groups welcome
  • Not available: Dog-friendly


Admission fees


Hop aboard the River Runner for a memorable trip along the beautiful River Stour to see the wildlife and learn about this historic river. Travel towards Shellness Point, on the edge of Pegwell Nature Reserve, to see the resident seal colony and seabirds or towards the amazing Roman fort at Richborough.

Seal trips from Sandwich

Travel down the River Stour taking in all the hidden history and wildlife on the way until you reach the resident seal colony on the edge of Pegwell nature reserve. The colony started here roughly 35 years ago - you'll have time to admire these beautiful marine mammals and capture the amazing views of our local coast line before heading back up river to Sandwich Quay. (Approximately 1 hour 45 minutes)

Richborough Roman Fort

Departing from Sandwich Quay, travel the River Stour the Roman way! Take a return trip to Richborough Roman Fort to enjoy a historic day out with a difference. We will have the Sandwich toll bridge swung for us as we travel up river and take in all the river history and wildlife en route. At Richborough there is a 5-minute walk through the forest to the Fort which adds to the Roman adventure (please wear suitable footwear as the walk is over uneven terrain). You will have 2 hours to explore before the return journey to Sandwich.  Entry to the fort is included. (Approximately 3 hours)

Other experiences available

  • Afternoon tea cruises (on selected dates)
  • Film, broadcasting and photography hire
  • Scattering of ashes
  • Private charter/hire
  • Safety boat hire

Further information

  • The River Runner can accommodate up to 12 passengers per trip.
  • Life jackets are provided and must be worn aboard at all times.
  • If you have a health condition, you should make us aware BEFORE boarding. Your safety is our priority.
  • The River Runner is moored at Sandwich Town Quay Steps approximately 15-20 minutes before each sailing.

Unfortunately, access to the River Runner at Sandwich is not suitable for wheelchair users, but access at Ramsgate Harbour is possible where the boats are adapted for easy wheelchair access boarding. Aboard there is ample room for up to 4 wheelchair users, plus their supporters/carers. 

People aboard the blue and white Sandwich River Runner boat on the  River Stour heading away from the camera.
Join the River Runner for memorable boat trips to Pegwell Bay or Richborough.