Kentish Lady River Cruises

Type:Boat Trip

Undercliffe Boat House, Bishops Way, Maidstone, Kent, ME15 6XG

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Kentish Lady River Boat at Allington Lock

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September 2020

1hr Return Trips departing from and returning to Maidstone
We recommend Pre-Booking by phone or email before you come, we will allow walk ups on the day prior to departure subject to pre-booked numbers - Pay On Board.

These trips will start in Maidstone from our mooring at the rear of The Archbishops Palace, we WILL be dropping off Allington Lock/Malta Inn, however you can only start your journey from Maidstone, pick ups from the Malta Inn will be for customers with a return ticket only until further notice.

See the 1hr Trips page for Prices & Timings

2hr Fish & Chips Supper Cruises 19:00 – 21:00
Thursday Evenings August & September - Starting from Maidstone and running between Allington and East Farleigh Locks with commentary plus complimentary tea/coffee/water, Pre-Book only – Minimum age 16

3hr Lunch/Supper Cruise 12:00-15:00 or 18:00-21:00 - Subject to an initial group booking of 20+ we run daytime and evening cruises, catering for coach parties, societies, small groups and individuals. Pre-book only - minimum age 16

Allington Castle Cruise (Including entry to the castle grounds) 13:30-16:00 - Subject to minimum number we will run an excursion to Allington Castle on Tuesday afternoons in August & September 2020. Pre-book only - minimum age 16

For prices and Pre-Booking which is highly recommended – Call 01622 753740 to avoid disappointment.

Departure from: Archbishops Palace. Maidstone


Please note the following important points

  1. Pre-Booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.
  2. We can accept bookings at our ticket kiosk on the day of travel, but we cannot guarantee availability as we can only accommodate 30 passengers per trip at present.
  3. This is a 1hr round trip with no drop offs/pick-ups at our usual destinations.
  4. 30 minutes has been allowed between trips for our cleaning regime.
  5. We will have a limited number of drinks options on-board.
  6. Face masks are recommended but currently at your descretion. Should regulations change we will update this notice.

Thursday Evening Special 2 Hour Cruise

During September special trips to  East Farleigh have been arranged with a Fish and Chip supper.


Fantastic river boat trips and excursions for families, groups and individuals on the River Medway taking in the picturesque Kent countryside.



  • One hour trip to between Allington and Maidstone
  • Three hour trip from Maidstone to Teston via East Farleigh Locks
  • New for 2018 is our Tuesday afternoon Cruise to Allington Castle

(See below for more details)


One hour Trips  

Our 1hr trips are perfect if you are visiting Maidstone for a shopping trip or heading up to the fantastic Kent Life Heritage Farm Park at Allington Lock, a trip on the Kentish Lady will certainly add a totally different element to your day.  At weekends and school holidays the boat runs 1hr round trips (one way available) between Maidstone town centre and Allington Lock/Kent Life Heritage Farm Park. You can start your journey at either Maidstone or Allington and if required the boat can drop you off at Maidstone’s beautiful Whatman Park.

**The 1hr trips do not need to be booked in advance and all ages are welcome**


Three Hour Cruises 

Peaceful and relaxing our 3 hour cruises with food are great for adult days out and ideal for groups.

The Kentish Lady’s 3 hour lunch or supper cruises run weekdays from April to October and go up-river to Teston via Farleigh Lock with either a picnic box or fish and chips.

** The 3hr cruises must me booked in advance and have a minimum age limit of 16**

New for 2018  is the Allington Castle Cruise 

This is an exclusive and very special cruise available on a Tuesday afternoon from Easter until October.  The Kentish Lady departs from Maidstone and travels down the River Medway to Allington Castle where visitors disembark on a guided tour with Allington Castle staff to explore the grounds and gardens, the courtyards, the Great Hall and it’s amazing history.  Tea will be served on re-embarkation and travel back to Maidstone. The cruise is approximately 2 hours 30 minutes.

** This cruises must be booked in advance and have a minimum age limit of 16**


Private Hire of the Kentish Lady

The Kentish Lady can also be hired privately for your wedding reception, special occasion or social event.


About the Kentish Lady River Boat Trips

The Kentish Lady departs from the heart of Maidstone’s and travels at a speed which allows you to take in the beauty of the countryside. Cruise and trips include on-board commentary which will point out some of the interesting and historic castles and palaces, bridges, churches and villages along the route, the different seasons bring changing scenery and wildlife on the river, so no two trips are the same.


The Kentish Lady’s is easily accessible and wheelchair friendly, there is coach drop off point approx. 200 metres away and disabled parking is available in Palace Avenue, next to Maidstone Carriage Museum or at the Lockmeadow Car Park behind the Court House, both of which are a short walk from docking point.


On board facilities

Onboard the boat there is fully licensed bar which is popular with evening bookings but also provides teas and coffees during your trip or cruise.


Quay side facilities

At the Maidstone mooring/ticket office the Kentish Lady also operates a refreshments kiosk with tables and chairs where you can enjoy ice-creams and snacks while waiting for the boat. If you are looking for a meal then Private day and evening charter also available. Licensed bar. All cruises must be booked in advance.


All cruises and trips are seasonal and subject to river and weather conditions.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
1hr return trip - Adult£8.50 per ticket
1hr return trip - Child£4.00 per ticket
1hr return trip - Concession£6.50 per ticket
3hr cruise inc. picnic box£25.00 per ticket
Family Ticket£22.00 per ticket

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • Dogs Accepted
  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Family Fun
  • Groups Accepted
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups
  • Marketed Towards Children
  • Marketed Towards Families
  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Open by appointment outside normal opening times


  • Disabled facilities (please call for details)

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre



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Map & Directions

Road Directions

A coach drop off point is close by outside the Archbishop's Palace in Mill Street on the A229.  Coach parking can be found in Sittingbourne Road. 

If you are coming by car then Palace Avenue Car Park is the closest but is quite small and sometimes its hard to find a space there.  However, Lockmeadow has a huge car park and is very rarely at capacity.  It is then possible to talk a delightful walk over the Millennium Footbridge and a short but lovely walk along the River Medway to the departure point.

Public Transport Directions

The closest Railway Station is Maidstone West.  When you come out of the station go down the hill towards the river.  Walk over the bridge and down the sloping river path to the departure point.

From Maidstone East Station.  Come out of the station into Station Road.  Head toward the park (Brenchley Gardens) and you will see a footpath with blue railing to the righthand side.  Follow the blue railings.  Just before you go over the bridge take the steps down to the river, walk along the river until you get to the Kentish Lady's mooring.  

From Maidstone East Station an alternative route is across the town, full of cafés, shops and restaurants.  Take any of the roads down hill to the river.  When you reach the River turn left towards the Archbishops Palace.

If you are coming by bus, the bus depot is underneath The Mall Shopping Centre. Go through the shopping centre and take the escalator to the lowest level.  Turn left out of the doors, turn right and walk past a garage and the Mill Pond, cross Mill Street (2 crossings) to the Archbishops' Palace into the gardens and walk down to the river.



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Opening Times

2020 Opening (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* For the summer of 2020 one hour trips are departing on Wednesdays, Saturadays and Sundays. Booking for 2021 - 3 hour trips from April to October during weekdays. 1 hour round trip Weekends and school holidays. Private hire - April to Christmas. See website for full details.

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