Chelmer Cruises | Day Out With The Kids

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Chelmer Cruises

  • Chelmsford
  • Outdoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Railway and Transport Attractions, Tours and River Cruises

Attraction Information

Chelmer Cruises is a charming place that is also known as Paper Mill Lock Cruises and Victoria Cruises. Whatever you call it, it's got all the potential for a great day out on the water!

The Victoria is a much beloved passenger barge that's been travelling these waters for 30 years! It seats over 40 passengers and offers a scenic 2 hour jaunt along the waterway connecting the Chelmer to the Blackwater. The whole family will love getting such a unique view of many local landmarks as well as passing beneath several ornate bridges and within sight of many other treasures. Don forget, you must prebook your Victoria trip in advance! 

They offer custom trips for families and groups too so you can choose the duration if nothing set in stone suits you and there are catering facilities on board so it's even suitable for special family occasions and can be privately hired. Hmm there's an idea!

Meanwhile for a shorter, more tranquil trip, try The Caffel, a lovely 12 seater riverboat that is great for families with young children and provides a single hour of gentle boating along the canal to enjoy. We recommend that you pre book as this is a very popular service. 

Fancy a one-hour trip along the canal during the school holidays? Hop on board the Albert!

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Opening hours

Monday to Sunday from 10:00
Please see website for details

Pricing

General Admission
Adults: £6.00
Kids: £5.00
Under 1s: Free

Travel & Contact Information

Address

Paper Mill Lock on North Hill, Little Baddow, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 4BS, England

Phone number

01245 225520

Map

Website

Click here to visit Chelmer Cruises' website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

Yes, there are toilets and accessible toilets.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Yes, you can bring a picnic.

Yes, there is an onsite restaurant and snacks are available.

Yes, Chelmer Cruises is wheelchair friendly and has accessible toilets.

Chelmer Cruises has not told us if they are fully pushchair friendly.

Chelmer Cruises has not told us if they are dog friendly.

Additional Info

Anything else I should know?

There is an onsite shop

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