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

We are currently working on getting the website revamped in readiness for the online booking launch. It shouldn't take too long and we we apologise if links are not working whilst this work is in progress.

In the meantime for a pdf file of our 2015 Public Cruises, Catered cruises and Theme Nights leaflet please


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Orwell Lady Gift Vouchers

An Orwell Lady cruise gift voucher makes a lovely present for special celebrations. If you wish to purchase a gift voucher please contact the Tourist Information Centre on 01473 258070 (email tourist@ipswich.gov.uk) and they will be happy to supply you.

Coming soon - ONLINE BOOKING!
We apologise for the delay in getting our online booking system up and running and hope that it shouldm't be much longer. As soon as it is live then we will inform here and on our Facebook and Twitter social network. Do keep checking here for latest news and updates but in the meantime all our cruises can be booked with the Tourist Information Centre in Ipswich as above.

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 theMarch 4, 2015well 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 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 mor 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

Check out our News Page for up to date information!


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 the cruises and also chartering ~Orwell Lady~ for private parties, you may click the links to the left or email.   


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updated March 4, 2015

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