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Shropshire Raft Tours offers a variety of activities, including scenic raft trips, canoe/kayak hire, boat hire, mini-raft hire, mega SUP hire and regular and electric cycle hire.

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    Voted Best Tour in Shropshire, Central England

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Scenic Raft Trips

Scenic Float Tours

Join us on the largest rafts in the UK! Suitable for all ages, families, groups and schools. Let your guide row you downstream with a guided tour through Ironbridge to Jackfield where you will depart the raft to continue your day out on foot.

Canoe Hire

Canoe & Kayak Hire

With a choice of 1, 2 or 6 hour full day hire in a Canadian canoe (2/3 seater) or single/double kayak.  Full day hire runs from Atcham to Ironbridge with time to picnic along the way. We provide transport up to the start point for full day hire.

Mini-raft hire in Ironbridge Gorge

Mini-Raft Hire

Our 10ft mini-rafts are great for family, friends and groups who want an independent trip. A 7½ mile route with time to picnic in your raft as you float along or our 1 hour little rapid run, taking you under the iron bridge and through a short fun rapid. We provide transport up to the start point on the 7½ mile route.

Mega SUP Hire activities

Mega Stand Up Paddle Board Hire

Our giant SUP’s are great fun for groups who are a bit more adventurous but still want their own trip.  Enjoy time on the river with family and friends on our 7½ mile route with time to picnic along the way. We provide transport up to the start point.

Cycle Hire

Hybrid & Electric Touring Cycle Hire

A fantastic trip through the Shropshire countryside for adults (18+) and children 14 years and over. From Ironbridge to Bridgnorth you can enjoy the N55 cycle route with a 3½ hour half day or 7 hour full day hire. Enjoy a day out with family and friends.

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Where to Meet

All our raft trips and hire of boats and bikes start at the Wharfage car park at our Little Green Kiosk next to the Museum of the Gorge. We have a 2 minute walk to the river for our guided scenic float trips, 1 and 2 hour canoe/kayak hire and our 1 hour little rapid run.  Please arrive 10 minutes before your trip time.

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Launch site in Ironbridge

What to Expect

After a quick safety briefing, you will set off on your raft tour, rowed by an experienced guide along the River Severn, visiting both historical and beautiful sights. Free photos will be emailed to you the same day.

After departing the raft in Jackfield you are then free to explore on foot. Enjoy a drink at a local pub or take a short stroll to the Maws Craft Centre or Jackfield Tile Museum. The walk back into Ironbridge takes approximately 15 minutes as you pass by the Robin Hood pub, Bedlam Furnace and of course the iron bridge itself. There are lots of pubs and cafes in Ironbridge to visit for a bite to eat and independent shops and retailers in both Ironbridge and Merrythought Village.

For the full day hire of canoes, kayaks, mini-rafts and mega SUP’s we meet at the kiosk and provide transport to the start point where you then paddle back to Ironbridge.

For hire of bikes we meet at the kiosk. Before setting off we check the seat height of your bike to ensure you have a comfortable ride. We also provide a cycle map showing all the local cycle routes you can take.

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Scenic Views

There are many opportunities for photos along the way, as well as a group shot taken by our photographer on our guided raft trips which is emailed to you at no extra cost as a momento of your day. 

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Services & Facilities

There are plenty of cafes, pubs and shops nearby in Ironbridge & Merrythought Village. Public toilet facilities are located in the Wharfage car park where our Little Green Kiosk is based. 

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Guided Tours

Our guided raft tours are rowed by a trained and experienced raft guide. Along the river they will not only row the raft ensuring it’s safety but will also talk about the history and key river landmarks. 

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Safety Ensured

We provide and maintain all safety equipment, ensuring we keep you safe. All rafting tour guides are experienced rafters, know the river well and have first aid training from accredited institutions.

Why Not Get In Touch

If you are interested in a trip wth Shropshire Raft Tours and would like to make a reservation, or you have a query, please click the button to be taken to our contact page.  Thank you.


Fun and informative

The whole experience was great! very informative and fun, and guide was engaging and welcoming. Good value for money, felt very safe, and loved the added extra of having the photos taken and provided for free 🙂 a great souvenir to remember a great time! 

Roam (Reviewed on Trip Advisor 17th October 2019)

Back to cycling after 40 years

We are thinking of buying cycles after 40 years of non cycling and Shropshire Raft Tours were an excellent way of trying them out again. Worried about increase in gear numbers, wearing a hat, ability to cycle without injury, busy roads and would my back pain be much worse.? However we needn’t have worried. We were met by Sharon with the bikes already adjusted for our heights, we were given helmets that she made sure we were comfy with and we were able to have a practise on the car park before setting off .

In addition we were told they would be at the end of the phone if we had any problems during our hire time. Feeling reassured we cycled to Bridgnorth along the cycle track ( rather bumpy in places) and returned to base within our half day hire where Sharon and Nigel were waiting for us with more bike advice if needed.No need to worry about helmets as we weren’t aware of wearing, cycles were clean and very happy to say no additional aches and pains the next day.

A very enjoyable experience, happy to use again (maybe electric next time ?) and would definately recommend cycle hire from this company. In these Covid times we thought this leisure activity was especially enjoyable being out exercising in the open air, social distancing and having fun.

JudithW506 (Reviewed on Trip Advisor September 2020)

Fun and friendly! Lots of fun!

The booking process was very easy to navigate on the website and even got a call to confirm not long afterwards.

A few days before had an email to confirm location of where to park etc which was very helpful.

We turned up and the operators were already there waiting for us!

Explanation of the route and safety briefing was very well explained and the journey to the drop off point was great. In a covid environment as well, we felt safe.

The experience itself was lots of fun. My first time doing the whole day hire and would love to do it again. If only to beat our current record as fastest female pair to complete the tour!! Now we know what we’re doing of course.

Very friendly and very well run company. Highly recommended.


Laura (Reviewed on Trip Advisor Sept 2020)

Excellent Ironbridge activity! We booked a 6-hour trip for my partner’s birthday and the experience could not have been better! Great communication with both Nigel and Sharon ahead of the trip, easy-to-follow directions for the day and excellent tips for the paddle itself. All in all a great experience and I would highly recommend! Thank you!


Nat (Reviewed on Trip Advisor Sept 2020)