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Customer Notice

Saturday 25th of September will be the LAST day for 1hr trips between Maidstone & Allington Lock for at least 3 - 4 weeks due to essential maintenance required on the Kentish Lady - Our self-drive hire will continue to operate.

1hr Return Trips Maidstone - Allington Lock - Maidstone

our 1hr trips have returned to normal times and we will now be stopping at allington lock/malta inn
Please call the office on 01622 753740 for more information or view our timetable to see our scheduled cruises.
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1 Hour Trips

Running between April & October at weekends and selected school holidays - Check timetable before travelling.

Take in the sights and sounds of the beautiful Upper River Medway, with wildlife and history along the way this 1hr return trip (1 way available) for families and individuals runs between Maidstone and Allington Lock, with commentary and an onboard licensed bar you can take time to relax and enjoy a moment away from the chaos of the roads and the town centre.

Start your journey from either end and you can hop on or hop off at Maidstone or Allington Lock in-between the boats scheduled journeys, you can enjoy Maidstone Museum, shopping and meeting friends at the many retail outlets, restaurant's and bars in Maidstone's town centre, or at Allington Lock you can enjoy riverside eating and refreshments at the Malta Inn Beefeater, the Little Old Tea House, or make a full day of it and visit The Kent Life Heritage Farm Park. For additional local information please use the Visit Maidstone or Maidstone River Park websites.

Whilst waiting to depart at our town centre moorings you can enjoy ice creams and snacks from our riverside refreshments kiosk.

Ticket Prices - pay onboard

  • Adult £8.00
  • Child £4.00
  • (Age 2 and under travel Free)
  • Seniors £6.00
  • Family (2 adults + 2 children) £20.00
  • Disabled Concession £6.00
  • Carers £6.00

Sailing Times

Departs Maidstone/rear of archbishops palace

  • 11:00
  • 12:00
  • 13:00
  • 14:00
  • 15:00

Arrives/Departs Allington Lock 

  • 11:30
  • 12:30
  • 13:30
  • 14:30
  • 15:30

The last boat terminates in Maidstone at 16:00

Please note the following important points

  • These trips are run on a first come first served basis, we do not take bookings for 1hr trips.
  • You commence your journey from either Maidstone or Allington Lock.
  • The boat will be deep cleaned at the start of each day and additionally in between trips when required.
  • Covid-19 safety precautions and enhanced cleaning schedule in place, masks must be used in accordance with the latest Government advice.
  • You may be asked to wait for the next boat due to the companies COVID-19 risk assessment.
  • Track and Trace information will be requested and encouraged.
  • These trips will start from our mooring at the rear of The Archbishops Palace.
  • Payment should be made onboard the Kentish Lady on the day of travel.
  • Payment can be made using cash or card if required, please note that the WIFI along the river is erratic and may effect your ability to pay by card.
  • It is at the discretion of Hire Cruisers Ltd to cancel the last trip if we do not have the minimum number of customers required to make the trip viable.
  • Anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
  • We can accommodate a certain number of buggies onboard, but in busy times you may be asked to seat your child and fold the buggy.
  • Well behaved dogs our welcome onboard.
  • We reserve the right to refuse entry.

1hr Cruise Timetable

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