Voted Best Tour in Shropshire, Central England
Covid safety measures in place
Scenic Float Tours
Come and join us on the largest rafts in the UK! Suitable for all ages, family reunions, corporate groups and schools. Let your guide row you downstream with a guided tour through Ironbridge on the River Severn to Jackfield where you will depart the raft to continue your day out on foot in the Ironbridge Gorge.
Canoe & Kayak Hire
Enjoy our traditional boat hire with 1 or 2 hour hire in Ironbridge or a full day 6 hour hire (Atcham to Ironbridge) with time to picnic in your boat along the way. We provide a shuttle (minibus or taxi) for full day hire up to the start point.
Our 10ft mini-rafts are great for hen and stag groups, corporate groups or family and friends who want an independent trip by themselves. A 7½ mile route with time to picnic in your raft as you float along or our one hour little rapid run taking you under the iron bridge and through a short fun rapid. We provide a shuttle (minibus or taxi) up to the start point on the 7½ mile route.
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 a shuttle (minibus or taxi) up to the start point.
Shropshire Raft Tours is proud to promote our green tourism approach. We are looking to promote enjoyment to the area of Ironbridge with very little impact to the environment. Our clients can enjoy the river Severn by the old traditional guide, oar-powered method going downstream while you sit back and relax or our for hire services where you paddle your own craft on the river Severn. No reason to transport the large rafts back up to our start point by truck as we are happy to use a small outboard motor to go back upstream leaving less congestion on the road. We provide transport up to your full day start point when hiring and you paddle back to us.
We look to our own business as a framework to make a commitment to sustainable tourism. It’s designed to provide our customers with the knowledge they leave only footprints and take only photographs. By adopting our Green Tourism approach, our business is signalling to visitors that it recognises the importance and value of sustainable good practice.
What To Expect
After a quick safety briefing, you will set off on your raft tour, rowed by an experienced trained guide along the River Severn, visiting both historical and beautiful sites. Free photos will be emailed to you the same day. Come and enjoy the scenic Shropshire River Raft Tour. After departing the raft in Jackfield you’re then free to explore on foot. Have a drink at the Black Swan or Half Moon Pub or talk a short stroll to the Maws Craft Centre. The walk back into Ironbridge takes approximately 15 minutes as you pass by Ye Old 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 independant shops and retailers in both Ironbridge and Merrythought Village.
For the full day hire of canoes, kayaks, mini-rafts and mega SUPs we meet at the kiosk and shuttle you by minibus or taxi to the start point where you then paddle back to Ironbridge.
For full day hire of bikes, we meet at the kiosk at 9.30am. Half-day hire can be booked starting at any time up to 1pm. 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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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!
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.
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.
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!