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John Knill & Sons

Packhorse Lane
Lady Lena


If you are looking for something truly memorable and utterly unique - a skippered trip aboard an historic river launch could be just the tonic. A choice of two boats:

The 'Sir John Knill' waterbus

Our new waterbus is an electric, wheelchair friendly boat going between Bathampton and Bath on the Kennet and Avon canal every weekend between April and October, and more frequently during the school holidays. It holds up to 12 people.

It picks up from outside the George Pub, Bathampton, at 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 and 16:00 taking passengers to the Cheshire Cat cafe, Sydney Wharf (Bath Narrrow Boats) although requests stops can be made for Folly Bridge and Sydney Gardens for the Holburne Museum.

It returns from Sydney Wharf at 11:00, 13:00, 15:00, 17:00.

It is ideal for leisure activities by the canal, for instance take a 45 minute walk in one direction then travel back in comfort. Or for an alternative bus service into Bath. Also perfect for families as it is buggy friendly as well.

The prices are:

One way - adults £5.00, children 4-10 £2.50, carers with wheelchairs £2.50, families- 2 adults 2 children £12.50, seniors £4.00

Returns are available: adults £9.00/ children& carers £4.50/Seniors £8.00, families £24.00

Loyalty cards are also available.

It is an ideal opportunity to discover this quieter but most beautiful and interesting part of Bath, and also being user friendly for people with different abilities, an opportunity not always available.

Also available for private charter during normal times for 90 minute trips, ideal for hen parties, families or groups of people with similar abilities, return or with a break at Bathampton perhaps. £75 for a one way trip, £150 for a return.


Lady Lena

An electric Victorian river launch, suitable for parties of between 2-10 people, can be chartered for anything from 2-6 hours and from there the choice is yours.

We have access to a 9 mile stretch of the beautiful Kennet and Avon canal anywhere from Bath to Bradford on Avon, picking you up from either Bath or Bathampton for a return journey. You will be welcomed with a crystal glass flute of Champagne, and then settle back into the cushions for a hopefully unforgettable, relaxing cruise.

Our prices range from £100 for 2 people and £200 for up to 10. It does depend on where you wish to be picked up:

For 2 people from Bathampton:
2hrs £100
3hrs £175
4hrs £225
5hrs £250
6hrs £275

For 10 people from Bathampton:
2hrs £200
3hrs £275
4hrs £350
5hrs £425
6hrs £500

Please add £20 to these prices if being picked up from Bath.

Cream teas are available at £5.50 per head.

We can provide you with a gift voucher on request.

For more help on this please phone 01225834250 or email info@ladylena

Lady Lena is carpeted and fully upholstered seating 10 comfortably for canapés, an afternoon picnic, or cream tea, or a feast worthy of a Michelin star or two. As we are a family concern we are able to offer fine catering through a good caterer, or let you bring your own ideal menu with no corkage charges or hidden extras. We can supply all you need to eat in comfort: tablecloths, china plates, cutlery and glasses. There is a small fridge on board for cold drinks etc, and a small toilet for convenience. A traditional cream tea with award winning homemade scones is also available, please call us for costs.

The boat has an interesting history in that she was found as a wreck and about to be burnt as firewood, rescued by Jenkyn who paid £1.00 for her and then brought to Bath to be restored for a few more! She was built on the Thames in 1890 and is now the oldest electric launch in existence and has been lovingly restored by him back to how she was then. Please see our website for the finer details of her history.We are very proud of her and personally take you on every trip – however formal or relaxed. Our objective is simple: to make sure you have the very best experience whether that is laughter, romance, celebration or just a fantastic get together.

Evening cruises are now available.

Voted the Most Romantic Experience in the UK last year by Mills and Boon.

Recently won an award with Luxury Travel Guide 2017, voted Charter Company of the Year for Bath and won Bronze at the Bath, Bristol and Somerset Awards in the Tourism Experience of the Year section.

Public Transport Directions

From Bath Spa station, walk to the bus station and take either the 4, 264, 265 or 704 bus to Bathampton. The meeting place is alongside the canal outside Bathampton School, or near the George Inn. Arrangements can also be made for meeting the boat in other parts of Bath along the canal system. Please contact us to discuss.

Road Directions

From Bath take the A36 Warminster Road Eastward.At the sign for Bathampton turn left into Bathampton Lane and follow road, crossing over the canal and turning right into Tyning Road. The school is on your left and there is ample free parking alongside the canal here. Alternately you can approach Bathampton from the M4, turning onto the A46 towards Bath and leaving the dual carriageway at the A4 Bath roundabout. Turn left away from Bath at this roundabout and take the first right into Tollbridge Road. There is a small charge to cross the following toll bridge which then leads you into Bathampton. Turn left into Tyning Road and park here, opposite the school. The canal and pick up point is on your right.

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Tel: +44 (0) 1225 834250

Opening Times

* Time of departure to be arranged with client. Times are fleixble and can be arranged to suit. Any day is possible.

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