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Suffolk River Trips

Suffolk River Trips along the river Alde and river Ore, which form one of the most beautiful river systems in Suffolk.

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A 45 min river trip with commentary along the River Alde, situated in an Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Join us on board one of our river trip boats from Orford Quay or Snape Maltings Quay to experience and learn more about an area abundant and rich in both wildlife and history.


River Trips from Orford Quay
Depart from the town quay at Orford on board Tilly and head downriver on our one hour round trip with commentary, circumnavigating the RSPB reserve at Havergate Island en route. This part of the river is very unspoilt and a haven for wildlife. For the keen birdwatchers you can expect to see Curlew, Avocet, Godwit, Terns, Sandpiper and many other species. You may also see members of the resident population of harbour seals at the entrance to the Butley River.

On the seaward side of the river, Orford Ness is a fascinating, secret place. It has played an important role in our nation’s military history and many of the buildings erected during the Cold War period are still there. We will provide more of an insight into the significance of this historical area as we cruise past.

Tilly can take up to 12 people per trip, and trips will last approximately 1hr.


River Trips from Snape Maltings Quay
Depart from the historic Snape Maltings quay, where generations of Thames Barge skippers have plied their trade, hop aboard Sea Tradar or Hagar and head out through the narrows down towards Iken Cliff.

The round trip of about 45 minutes gives you the chance to explore this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the River Alde, abundant with wildlife that changes with the seasons and stunning views across the mudflats and the reeds. For the keen birdwatchers we are now also running a shallow draft launch Hagar to enable us to get out at lower states of the tide when there are more wading birds around.

Please note that the River Alde is tidal, and so the times of the trips will vary from day to day.

Sea Trader can take 12 people per trip, Hagar 10 people per trip. Trips will last approximately 45 minutes.


£12 per adult

£8 per child (2-14 years)

Infant (under 2 years) free

Opening Times

Running from Easter to end of October.