Private Charters

Private Charters

A truly special setting for any celebration. Magnificent, panoramic and ever changing views. Welcome aboard!


Magnificent, panoramic and ever changing views. Welcome aboard Dartmouth River Boats.

Don’t just throw a party, throw a legendary event that they’ll be talking about for years to come! When you charter a Dartmouth River Boats  vessel, you and your friends and family will enjoy the stunning and unique backdrop of one of the most beautiful rivers in the country.

  • On board amenities include outdoor deck space, indoor heating*, large windows made for sightseeing, dance floor* and restrooms.
  • Fully licensed bar serving hot and cold beverages, beer, wine & spirits.

You may also charter our steam train to enjoy your own private journey alongside the beautiful coast of Torbay, through leafy Devon countryside and along the stunning River Dart for a simply unrivalled experience.  We offer the facility for you to hire the steam train, affording you a truly out-of-the-ordinary experience. Our charming vintage coaches will host a unique and relaxing atmosphere for any celebrations or anniversaries. That sense of wonder can still be felt as you travel an historic heritage railway line which provides stunning coastal, river estuary and countryside views. Contact us to discuss your plans and look ahead to stepping back and experiencing a more relaxed and gentle pace of life.

Maybe you could combine the two!

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To make your celebration or event even more special, you are free to engage the services of a caterer and, if so desired, a disco or band for music and dancing.

There are a couple of locally based caterers that we can recommend and are detailed below. Wild Artichokes have catered several times on our vessels so are familiar with the vessels and crews. You are of course more than welcome to choose another caterer or indeed to cater yourselves.

Wild Artichokes

Wild Artichokes is a food and event company based in Kingsbridge, passionate about good food and hospitality.  They set out to create unforgettable dining experiences wherever they are.

Wild Artichokes holds pop up dining events in and around the South Hams, provide catering and organisation for weddings and events, food for private dining at home and 'how to' at their cookery demonstrations. In fact any fun stuff that involves good food and community! They can deliver their legendary, seasonal feasts to your event. Contact Samantha at

Entertaining Food

Entertaining Food of Dartmouth have a team that is highly experienced and dedicated to creating an unforgettable feast for you. They are passionate about local produce and always seek fresh ways to create healthy, nutritional combinations that burst with flavour. They aim to deliver a truly special and memorable event tailored to your needs. Contact Elaine Day at

New for 2022: Radius 7

Radius 7 was established in 2015 with the intention of bringing local produce, fresh from local suppliers, allotments, the harbour and the farm, to their customers.  Their aim is to source everything from within a seven mile radius (hence the name!) which creates a community-led feel and well-deserved support for lots of small businesses in the area. Contact Stuart at

We had expected to have Radius 7 cater on charters in 2020 but of course, the pandemic put paid to those plans.

Aboard all our vessels you will find a fully licensed bar and, with permission, you have the right to board your own wine and/or champagne. We would need prior knowledge of the number of bottles and each bottle is subject to a corkage fee of £7.50 (£8.50 for sparkling and Champagne).

"Wow, what a splendid spread by your recommended caterer. They really know how to put on a feast. It was all impeccable and organised with the minimum of fuss. The linen was spotless, the service serene and we have had so many comments I just had to pass on our sincere thanks."


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Sit back and relax as you cruise along the River Dart while sipping champagne on the open deck or from the saloon. Watch the sunset over rolling Devon hills and see Dartmouth and Kingswear sparkle in the moonlight.  Our fleet can cater to a wide range of private hire events.

Paddle Steamer Kingswear Castle

The paddle steamer Kingswear Castle is the last remaining coal-fired paddle steamer in operation in the UK today. Join us for an evening charter and enjoy a nostalgic cruise along the lower reaches of the river Dart where the sounds and smells will transport you back in time to an era when these ships were the life blood of the community - sit back and relax whilst you appreciate the splash of the paddles churning gently through the calm waters of the River Dart. The KC (as she is affectionately known!) is equipped with a fully stocked bar and can accommodate up to 200 passengers - with 120 under cover. Canapés may be served aboard.

Dart Explorer

Our flagship  the ‘Dart Explorer’ is a wonderfully appointed vessel. This 300-seater luxury Catamaran can accommodate up to 120 guests for informal dining and up to 90 guests for formal dining. The Dart Explorer is equipped with a fully stocked bar and small dance floor and is regularly used as a wedding reception, corporate or party venue.

Cardiff Castle

Our largest vessel in the fleet, the Cardiff Castle can carry up to 200 passengers. Ideal for larger groups.

The Cardiff Castle boasts 'The Blues Bar’, a fabulous contemporary bar which is a lovely addition to the boat. ‘The Cardiff’ hosts many functions, live bands, dancing and corporate events and has plenty of space for dancing and catering on the main deck with outer top deck and with the bar on the lower deck.

Dartmouth Castle

A charming & slightly smaller vessel, Dartmouth Castle can carry up to 120 passengers. Perfect for smaller celebrations, family or informal parties, the Dartmouth Castle is a very cost effective option for your event. With a fully licensed bar and small dance floor she is perfect for a champagne cruise with finger buffet. She has three outside decks from which to enjoy the River Dart at it’s best!

Dittisham Princess

The smallest vessel in our charter fleet, the Dittisham Princess is an intimate choice for your event being able to accommodate up to 75 guests (stand up buffet style) or 32 guests seated. She has upper and forward outside decks plus a cosy interior saloon from which to appreciate the scenery sliding leisurely past during your cruise. The “DittP”, as we affectionately call her, is a great choice for those on a more restricted budget.

Dart Venturer

The Dart Venturer can accommodate up to 150 guests and has a bar in both the lower and main saloons. She is great for parties and is equipped with three outside decks for that glorious summer weather! The Dart Venturer is an excellent choice for entertaining with a buffet or canapés and dancing in the main saloon. There are lots of windows to savour the breath-taking views.

"Thank you, thank you, thank you. We all thoroughly enjoyed our wedding anniversary charter on the Dart Explorer. So many of our guests came to let us know what a brilliant time they had. The crew were great, the weather was perfect - as was your recommended caterer. We will be back for our 20th anniversary!"


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Charm and delight your friends and family alike with a truly genuine and nostalgic journey for your special occasion or celebration.

Amaze with a unique private charter of a steam train - or maybe just a carriage on a scheduled service. All our carriages have been meticulously restored to immaculate condition and our observation Pullman carriage, the Devon Belle, has also been totally renovated over the winter months and now offers a simply stunning experience aboard.

So, settle into the privacy of your own compartment and enjoy the journey along the coast of Torbay, through beautiful South Devon countryside and along the banks of the River Dart as you approach Kingswear, situated opposite the stunning & historic fishing port of Dartmouth.

"Fantastic from start to finish. The nibbles and fizz on the station platform were exceedingly well received and the weather held fast so all guests enjoyed the wonderful views on a sunny evening journey to Kingswear. The boat then finished it all off in spectacular fashion before the return trip back to Paignton. Well done indeed!"

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  • Perfect day - We have done this several times over the years and is a fantastic day out. The steam train ride is great, but the cruise makes it. The commentary is very good and funny. Would definitely recommend this trip if in the area.
  • Great family fun - It was brilliant with our 2yo - she was so excited to see the trains and the view along the journey was beautiful. The commentary on the boat was well delivered. Would highly recommend!
  • Great fun - Cost of ticket sooooo worth it! Very safe on the train. Not over crowded and screens between seats. Dartmouth is a hidden gem which we thoroughly enjoyed. We took a boat trip too! Great day.

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