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Sailing Barge Victor

Enjoy river cruises and sailing trips along the River Orwell

Sailing Barge Victor is an historic sailing ship offering cruises along the River Orwell and the coastal waters around Ipswich. Victor is available for private and corporate hire, and also runs a schedule of public cruises throughout the summer.

Built in Ipswich’s Dock End Yard in 1895 Victor was built to be a hard-working vessel, and was first used to collect linseed from farms around the East Coast and take the processed linseed oil to London. During WWII she transported munitions to warships from Chatham dock, and was almost destroyed when a ship lying alongside took a direct hit.

After many more years of varied use (including a short spell as a strip club!) Victor was sympathetically restored in 2006 and is now a first-class passenger vessel.

Boasting modern facilities such as a professional galley, contemporary toilets and showers, audio visual equipment and facilities for live music, the barge is a wonderful and unique venue for private and business parties and events for up to 40 passengers.

Public Scheduled Cruises

For most people the chance to be out on the water is a rare experience, and a memorable one - there’s nothing so nice, as the song says, as “messing about on the river”. We think it’s even nicer when the boat you’re on is a glorious old sailing vessel rather than a modern fibreglass “tourist cruiser”!

On one of Victor’s summer cruises you can enjoy a relaxing afternoon or evening on the river, sailing down the beautiful River Orwell, enjoying a drink and refreshments on board as you watch the scenery drift by.

Suffolk Cream Tea Cruise

A whole afternoon’s peaceful cruise along the river, including freshly-baked fruit and plain scones with clotted cream and jam, plus tea or coffee.

Wednesdays and Sundays from May to September.

Depart 13.00hrs, return 17.00hrs

To book this cruise..Email: tourist@ipswich.gov.uk Tel: 01473 258070

Supper Cruise

Take in the sunset from the deck then enjoy a delicious, freshly-cooked hot supper before sailing back under the stars. Vegetarian options available (please advise of any special dietary requirements when booking). Folk music entertainment will be available on selected evenings please check when making your booking if your preference is for our popular "Folk on the Water" evening.

Fridays from June to September

Depart 18.30hrs, return 22.00hrs

All departures are from The Old Custom’s House, Ipswich Dock, IP4 1FH.

To book this cruise..Email: tourist@ipswich.gov.uk Tel: 01473 258070

Bespoke Cruises and Events

Accommodating up to 40 passengers, Victor is an inspired choice as a venue for a private party or business event. No-one is likely to forget an office party, wedding reception, family reunion or board meeting aboard a historic sailing barge!

The barge is stable, comfortable, safe and well-equipped, with modern facilities on-board and a range of catering options available, plus a licensed bar. There are also facilities on board for live music, plus AV equipment for those important business presentations.

You decide what you want to do on-board – just cruise along the river, stop somewhere for lunch, do some bird-watching… you have a whole 6 hours to enjoy. Help hoist the sails and take the helm, or just sit back and relax, it’s up to you. Why not continue your event with a quayside party so you can invite extra guests after your river cruise?

Why not extend your day aboard Sailing Barge Victor by hosting a quayside a party on the Ipswich Waterfront outside the Old Custom House, a picturesque setting for a special occasion.

Discuss your catering options with Victor’s food partners Taylor Maid Catering. For more informaton contact Val at val@taylormaidcatering.co.uk Tel: 01473 427007. A self-catering option also available.

Sailing Barge Victor is available for exclusive hire from June to September. Contact the Ipswich Tourist Information office for current prices and to make your booking.

Bird-Watching Cruises  - November 2017 -  January 2018

Don’t miss the opportunity to experience one of East Anglia’s finest wildlife spectacles and see thousands of birds on the magnificent estuary. This half-day cruise includes hot drinks and all-day breakfast-in-a-bun, plus local RSPB experts will be on board to help you get the most out of your ‘twitching’.

Bird-watching cruises depart from Ha’Penny Pier, Harwich (Satnav: CO12 3HH).

See the Sailing Barge Victor website for upcoming cruise dates.

For all booking enquiries please contact Ipswich Tourist Information Centre and mention Sailing Barge Victor.

Email: tourist@ipswich.gov.uk

Tel: 01473 258070

Sailing Barge Victor a traditionally rigged 19th century sailing vessel with comfortable modern facilities

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  • Public Cruises: Wednesday, Friday, Sunday during June - Sept 2017.
    Birds by Barge: Saturdays and Sundays on selected dates Nov 2017 - Feb 2018.

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Submitted by JW Horner on Monday, Aug 21, 2017

Sunset and fireworks cruise

We had another fabulous cruise on Victor, sailed down river as far as Pin Mill then back in time for amazing fireworks display. Great crew, great evening and great end to the weekend.

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Submitted by Simon on Monday, Sep 26, 2016

Excellent evening cruise

Booked Sailing Barge Victor with eight friends as part of our 30th Wedding Anniversary celebrations for a September Friday evening supper cruise. Exceeded all our expectations, the barge, food, drink and experience was so good and I can recommend to others. Very good value and the crew were just so friendly and polite, thank you.

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Submitted by Sam Parnell on Sunday, Jul 17, 2016

Lovely evening, thank you team Victor!

The team aboard the Sailing Barge Victor made us feel very welcome, they even let me 'drive' the barge. We went as a large group and everyone enjoyed the experience, plus the food they laid on was delicious. We'll be back.

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Submitted by Prosperity International on Saturday, Jul 16, 2016

Fantastic

Absolutely fantastic evening on board this vessel !! Wonderfully calming evening excellent company and great food !!

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