River Severn Heritage Cruise - 4 Nights

River Severn Heritage Cruise

A river and destinations steeped in history

  • 4 Nights

  • 3 inclusive tours

  • Occasional dates April to October

2020 Dates available for booking

River Heritage Cruise Reviews

4.75 Average

4 Reviews

William Turner

My wife and I did the River Severn Heritage cruise which involves cruising from Gloucester Docks to Worcester and back, stopping at Upton Upon Severn on the way up and Tewksbury on the way back. The trip was leisurely, with the banks passing by us at about four miles an hour. The food was superb; breakfast, lunch and a four course dinner every day thanks to our chef. Our cabin was compact, but it seemed to get more roomy each day. The excursions were brilliant. The other passengers were so nice. We both loved it!


We went on the five-day cruise from Gloucester to Worcester and back, calling in Upton-on-Severn and Tewkesbury, and had a brilliant holiday. The decor of the boat was to a high standard, food was excellent and the cabins were comfortable. The en-suite was a wet-room so the shower wasn’t cramped. We didn’t travel at night so there was no engine noise to keep us awake. The mornings were spent travelling along the Severn watching the world go by, drinking tea, coffee or hot chocolate and chatting with the other passengers. Some of us played quoits on deck. After lunch we visited the local town with the opportunity to go on a guided tour. The tours of Tewkesbury and Worcester cathedrals were very informative. The crew were very friendly and welcoming. It was like going on holiday with a bunch of friends. On one of the evenings there was live entertainment from a musical duo – Ain’t Misbehavin’ – which was most enjoyable. We found the website very informative and gave a good representation of what the holiday was like. Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and would highly recommend this holiday to anyone.


Very good food. Captain and crew excellent. Tours good.


Together with a friend,I experienced your Severn Heritage Tour in July '17. What a super time we had. The Edward Elgar is a beautiful boat & its facilities are more than adequate. The meals were excellent & it was no trouble for alternatives to be provided if requested. The tours ashore were well organised & of particular interest to us as we are not overly familiar with the area. Without a doubt though, the highest praise must go to the captain & crew, their service ethos was second to none & it was so refreshing to find a young crew with such positive attitudes to their jobs, again nothing was too much trouble. I would heartily recommend the cruise to anyone wishing to see the Severn & its surroundings looking out from the river. Thank you English River Cruises.

Itinerary & Destinations

Day Itinerary
Monday 6.00pm board, welcome drink, dinner, safety briefing, table quiz.
Tuesday 8.00am Set sail for Upton, breakfast en-route, arrive 1.00pm
2.00pm Guided History tour and visit to the Tudor House Museum
6.00pm Cocktails followed by dinner
Wednesday 9.00am Proceed to Worcester to moor beside the Cathedral.
2.30pm Guided tour of Cathedral and/pr Porcelain Museum
6.30 Dinner followed by a stroll, perhaps in the footsteps of Elgar.
Thursday 8.30am Return downriver to Tewkesbury
1.30pm Coach to Tewkesbury Abbey for guided tour at 2.00pm.
6.30pm Dinner followed by Live Entertainment.
Friday 7.45am Depart Tewkesbury.
11.00am Arrive Gloucester and Disembark.

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  • Glorious Views

    Sail through the Cotswolds Severn Vale to catch glorious views of the Cotswold hills, Severn estuary, Forest of Dean and the Malvern hills.

  • Historic Destinations

    Visit towns along the route with Cathedrals, Abbeys and more. Most moorings are close to the local sites and if not, we lay on a taxi service.

  • Tours & Excursions

    Join an inclusive guided tour or excursion.  There’s also a running commentary during the cruise.

  • Twin En Suite Cabins

    Cabins are en suite with shower, basin and toilet. They also have a window and climate control.

  • 4 star service

    The live in crew will take care of everything. They serve delicious meals, clean your cabins and are always happy to help.

  • Traditional English Meals

    Delicious traditional food is freshly prepared on board by our live in Chef. Special diet? No Problem.

  • Complimentary Drinks

    Tea & Coffee 24/7. Wine, Beer & Soft drinks with Lunch & Dinner. Welcome drinks and cocktails at the Captain’s Cocktail party!

  • Relaxing Atmosphere

    With just 22 passengers and a gentle daily pace, you can relax without the hubub found on larger boats.

  • Entertainment & WiFi

    Enjoy optional live entertainment, deck games and quizzes.  Use our on board WiFi to keep in touch and send photos home.

  • Easy Transport Links

    The moorings in Gloucester are 2 miles from the M5, 1 mile from the rail and bus stations and within an hour of two International Airports.

  • Parking Available

    Parking is nearby our mooring. Take an hotel extension and the parking charge is included PLUS an early bag drop.

  • Great Optional Extensions

    Stay in a local hotel before your cruise.  Tell us to book you in for a great rate.

2019 Dates

2020 Dates

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Cruise Options & Pricing

It can be stressful travelling to Gloucester on the day your cruise boards. Will you get there on time? Should you leave early just in case? We can help by arranging a holiday extension on the night before you board, at the Mercure Bowden Hall Hotel nearby Gloucester. This also gives you more time to explore Gloucester itself. For many of our cruises the majority of our guests do this and they are delighted. They gained an extra day’s holiday, a touch of luxury and a lot of convenience while saving money compared with organising everything themselves.

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4-Night Cruise
Car Parking or Taxi Service from Hotel
Mercure Bowden Hall B&B night before cruise
Dinner at Hotel to Value £22pp
Pre Boarding lunch near boat to value £11.50pp
Souvenir Cruise Map & pack of 5 postcards


£950 per person

based on twin sharing

Just the cruise, parking available at extra cost.
  • 4-Night Cruise
  • Car Parking or Taxi Service from HotelAdd £7 per car per night
  • Mercure Bowden Hall B&B night before cruise
  • Dinner at Hotel to Value £22pp
  • Pre Boarding lunch near boat to value £11.50pp
  • Souvenir Cruise Map & pack of 5 postcards


£1029 per person

based on twin sharing

The cruise and parking are included, as well as a night in our partner hotel the night before departure so you don't miss the boat!
  • 4-Night Cruise
  • Car Parking or Taxi Service from Hotel
  • Mercure Bowden Hall B&B night before cruise
  • Dinner at Hotel to Value £22pp
  • Pre Boarding lunch near boat to value £11.50pp
  • Souvenir Cruise Map & pack of 5 postcards

Please call 01452 410411 between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday for single rates availability on this cruise.