Published on: 05/06/23

At Let’s Go Out, we’re big fans of boating adventures, from leisurely canal cruises to exhilarating speedboat safaris. But why be a passenger, when you can be a Captain? We were so thrilled to discover GoBoat, we nearly danced a hornpipe (but restrained ourselves, before the Dad-dancing police were called). The ultimate fun self-drive boat hire experience, each eco-friendly electric GoBoat can seat up to 8 people, with room for picnics, too!

No boating experience is necessary, as you’ll be taught all the simple instructions you’ll need. You are the captain, so you choose your route and pace, with excellent suggestions and maps from the friendly GoBoat team. Children and dogs are very welcome on board, too.

Situated at five locations across London and parts of the UK, it’s the perfect social experience to share with friends and family. At a leisurely pace of 3 knots (3.5 mph), it's easy to steer the boat, making it perfect for first-timers! Feel the freedom of being on the water and explore your city or holiday location from a brand new perspective.

There's nothing quite like the feeling of being on the water, enjoying unprecedented access to the waterways. Equipped with a picnic table in the middle, the fully-electric motor is almost completely silent, illustrating why the Danish word "hygge" is a major part of this kind of sailing experience.

GoBoat Destinations

All GoBoat locations offer a slightly different experience, with different things to see along each winding route, and ever-changing scenery along the way. City centre or tranquil countryside, there’s an extra thrill in knowing you’re the envy of all those landlubbers dashing to and from the hassle of everyday life and work as you leisurely cruise by!

GoBoat Canary Wharf

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Explore the historic London Docklands and view Canary Wharf’s spectacular architecture from a whole new perspective! A vibrant viewpoint trip from every angle, step aboard at Harbour Quay Gardens, just a 5 minute walk from both Canary Wharf underground and Elizabeth Line stations. Once one of the busiest docks in the world, Canary Wharf is now a buzzing centre of commerce, leisure and culture and exploring by boat gives you unique views of sights including Harbour Quay Gardens, Crossrail Place, historic Billingsgate Market, Blackwall Basin and the O2 Arena. In fact, these one, two and three hour adventures have been called “the ultimate Instagrammable trip”!

GoBoat Paddington

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Enjoy a leisurely, quiet one, two or three-hour eco-ride along the famous Regent's Canal, launching close to Edgware Road and Paddington tube and mainline stations. Gain access to the unseen side of London as you charter the historic Regent’s Canal through Little Venice, past the sights and sounds of London Zoo, through Regent’s Park, Paddington Basin, and up to Camden Lock. Look out for the beautiful Feng Shang Princess floating restaurant, and enjoy the echoing “floatation tank” experience of Maida Hill Tunnel- all 249 metres of it!

GoBoat Kingston

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Located on Riverside Walk next to Kingston Bridge, GoBoat’s pontoon is within a 10-minute walk of Kingston rail and bus stations and bus station. Take a leisurely trip along the Thames in either direction from your starting point, spotting sights including Kingston Bridge, Raven's Ait Island, Thames Ditton, Steven's Eyot, Trowlock Island, Teddington Lock and historic Hampton Court Palace. With one, two, three and four hour trips available, you’ll discover picturesque scenery a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

GoBoat Thames Ditton

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A brand new addition to the GoBoat locations, enjoy a leisurely trip through the countryside, starting from the Surrey village of Thames Ditton. Launching from Summer Road, just a few minutes walk from Ashley Road carpark and Thames Ditton train station, with direct connections to London Waterloo. Decide which direction to go, and enjoy a leisurely trip taking in picturesque locations including Hampton Court Palace, Thames Ditton Island, Raven's Ait Island, Kingston Riverside, Steven's Eyot, Trowlock Island and Teddington Lock.

GoBoat Birmingham

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Famously, Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice, and here’s your chance to explore them! Picking up from Brindley Place, just 15 minutes' walk from Birmingham New Street rail station, choose from one or two hour routes. Your map will point out lots of landmarks, including Gas Street Basin, the Cube and the Roundhouse. Enjoy sailing through the 96-metre Edgbaston Tunnel, squeeze through the narrow Worcester bar, navigate the Mailbox’s 90 degree turn, and enjoy your picnic at Birmingham University’s The Vale, before heading back.

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