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About City Boats


Office Summer Opening Hours

April to September

Mon and Fri: 9am until 5.30pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 9am until 12.30
Saturday: 9am until 5.30pm
Sunday: 9am until 5.30pm





Winter Opening Hours

Our office is operated on skeletal opening hours, however please feel free to contact us via the link below and we will respond on the same day.

Winter is when we upgrade and maintain our fleet, so our normal schedules are suspended. However, we still offer Day Fishing Boats for hire.

Please contact us for more information.




A little bit of history

City Boats was 'born' on May 2000. Mervyn and Beryl High purchased 'Southern River Steamers' from Cedric Lovewell who ran the latter for 25 years. There were 2 river buses in the purchase - 'City of Norwich' and 'Vanguard'. Both vessels are of wooden construction and were built in 1931 and 1950 respectively; 'Princess Elizabeth’ was added to the fleet in 2003.

Vanguard seats 60 passengers, City of Norwich seats 50 passengers and Princess Elizabeth seats 40 passengers.

river bus piloted by Mervin

Mervyn - doing the job he loved

Mervyn undertook all the business marketing and was heavily involved with various groups to promote tourism in Norwich until he became terminally ill and passed away in March 2007.

After Mervyn's demise, Beryl was joined in the business by daughter Linda and son-in-law Richard. Linda is largely responsible for all the administration and Richard (the one in the overalls!) is responsible for maintenance.

Over the years all the vessels have undergone major refurbishment and are subject to three inspections on an annual basis by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency. Princess Elizabeth is our designated private charter boat