Shropshire Raft Tours Outdoor Education Tours Shropshire
The Wharfage Car Park, Iron Bridge, Shropshire, TF8 7NH
MONTHS OPENJanuary, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Our 25 foot orange rafts are the largest in the UK and are both comfortable and stable. Suitable for all ages they give you the experience of enjoying the river and wild
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What we offer
Our 25 foot orange rafts are the largest in the UK and are both comfortable and stable. Suitable for all ages they give you the experience of enjoying the river and wildlife up close. Our trips cover 2 kilometres with a round trip time of 90 minutes (including free shuttle bus return to our starting point if required).
Our trained guides do all the work, whilst rowing you down the river, providing you with a historic commentary about the rich history of Ironbridge and the river network which was used for the transport and trade of many exotic and domestic products.
Learn about the construction of the famous Iron Bridge as you float underneath it, experiencing it from an angle only accessible on the river.
There's also time for fun on the way, hearing tales from our guides about their time spent working on rivers all over the world. If you want to experience rowing our rafts, we're happy to get everyone up to have a go.
What makes us a great choice?
Shropshire Raft Tours are the only boat company in Ironbridge providing historic commentary where students can learn about the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution and the importance of the river network.
Float underneath the world famous Iron Bridge whilst keeping an eye out for the river wildlife along the way, including swans, otters and even kingfishers
Safety is a top priority at Shropshire Raft Tours and our guides have extensive experience working with children and adults of all ages and will make a trip both informative and fun.
What is typically included?
After a safety briefing we set off on the water. Our trips are both informative and fun, with a chance for children and adults to have a go at rowing the rafts along the way. Learn about the key players who were involved with the bridge and river boats, the design and engineering of the bridge, geographical issues that continue to affect the gorge culminating with the rich history of Ironbridge.
Group Sizes Catered For
On each trip we can accommodate a maximum of 32 people (16 per raft). For bigger groups we can run consecutive trips.
Materials, Resources & Information Provided
Yes we can provide a digital workbook with key information for students on request.
Photography, Filming & Audio Restrictions
Risk Assessment Details
Yes we have a digital risk assessment and insurance documents available on request.
The cost per student and adult is £6.95 each based of a full occupancy of the raft. Rafts run at £111.20 per raft booked with us.
Sensible footwear (no Wellington boots or flips flops)
Please dress according to the weather and bring rain coats if necessary as we do run rain or shine.
First Aid Information
We have a qualified first aider on all our trips
There are a number of shops within close proximity of our launch site selling food and drink. There are picnic tables in Dale End Park which is a 2 minute walk from our launch site and picnic tables at the end of our trip overlooking the river.
Accessibility & Disabled Facilities
Unfortunately we cannot accommodate anyone in wheelchairs due to steps at the end of our trip.
Opening Hours & Information
Our booking kiosk in the Wharfage car park is open every day from 9am to 7pm 1st April to 30th September. Trips can also be arranged all year round outside of these months by contacting us direct.
"I took a group of Brownies on the raft trip. From start to finish the team were excellent. Very accommodating, and professional. All our girl's had a great time and we'll be definitely doing this again.
We were filmed by BBC's ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY and televised in July 2017. Coach parking facilities and public toilets are available in the Wharfage car park where our booking kiosk is located (TF8 7NH).