Bristol sits right on the beautiful River Avon, and that stretch of water is a fantastic summer venue for cruises. Whether you want a quick look at the city or want to fit it in to a weekend stay, there are plenty of boat tours to fit your requirements.

Here are just five of our favourites.

1. City Dock Tours

No visit to Bristol is complete without a walk around the docks, but nothing beats taking in the history and culture of Bristol’s Floating Harbour from the water. Running very weekend throughout the year, city dock tours provide an informative and entertaining commentary on one of the city’s most popular areas.

2. Avon Gorge Tours

Feel like travelling a little outside the city? Why not book an Avon Gorge tour? As you head down towards the Bristol Channel, you’ll enjoy stunning views of Clifton Suspension Bridge and the Avon Gorge itself. You can even bring your own food along for a picnic, so this is a perfect option if you have younger kids who get worn out by lots of walking.

3. Sunday Drinks Tours

While an Avon Gorge tour is great with kids, a Sunday drinks tour is ideal for couples. You can enjoy a tipple as you escape the city and cruise up the picturesque banks of the Avon. When it’s warm outside and the air is clear, this is a great way to spend the afternoon.

4. Cream Tea Cruise

Bristol’s cream tea cruise takes you through the Floating Harbour and then out into rural stretches of the Avon. Your freshly baked cream tea will be included in the price.

5. Bristol to Bath Tour

For those who fancy a whole day on the river, the Bristol to Bath tour is an unrivalled way to see these two iconic Westcountry cities. Your six-hour journey will take you through six locks along beautifully untouched stretches of the Avon. You can either bring a picnic to eat on board or enjoy lunch when you stop at The Jolly Sailor.