Kennet & Avon Canal Visitors Centre

Rose of Hungerford

The ‘Rose of Hungerford’ is a purpose built wide-beamed trip boat based at Hungerford Wharf. The Rose has sliding picture windows for warm days, but is fully enclosed with central heating if necessary. Hot and cold drinks and a fully licensed bar are available on trips. The Rose also has an electric wheelchair lift and a toilet large enough to accommodate wheelchairs.

The Rose runs Public Trips on Wednesdays, Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to the end of October.

Special trips such as Mothering Sunday Cruise and very popular Santa Trips are also available.

The Rose can be Chartered for private trips – it is the ideal venue for family parties, Clubs, Schools Support Group outings and Wedding Receptions.

For more details visit the Rose of Hungerford website:

Or telephone:

Public Trips: 01380 721279
Chartering the Rose: 01380 721279

Or Visit Fare Wise Travel at 19 High Street, Hungerford


Based at Newbury Wharf (RG14 5AS), the Jubilee is a traditional style narrowboat open to the fresh air in fine weather, but with full protection for colder days. She can seat up to 29 people and has a licensed bar and modern toilet facilities.

Also available for private charter trips.

Visit our dedicated website for Jubilee, with information about public and charter trips.

Who to contact

01380 721 279
kennet and Avon Canal

Where to go

Kennet & Avon Canal Trust
Couch Lane
SN10 1EB

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Our standard opening hours for our Devizes office are 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. During winter (October-March), the office closes at 4.30pm. The Canal Museum is open from 10am to 4pm daily. Last entry is at 3.45pm.
Session Information
Open from 10.00 to 16.00 Monday to Friday in Winter and All Year in Summer

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Canal exhibition and info, picnic garden, refreshments, gift shop, walks along the canal including a discovery trail. Boat trips available. The Newbury Branch is based at the Stone Building beside the Canal on Newbury's historic wharf. The Stone Building houses the Tea Shop by the Canal, which is open daily from 9.00 am to 4.30 pm for light refreshments, cakes, sandwiches, ice creams and canal gifts. Upstairs in the Branch's meeting room is a fine display of local canal history, with particular reference to John Gould MBE, who was one of the group who formed a Branch of the Inland Waterways Association in 1949 to fight for the Canal to remain navigable. Newbury Wharf Shop & Cafe Tel: 01635 522609 The Branch is very active, with a full monthly programme of talks or social events. The Newbury Branch proudly organizes the Newbury Waterways Festival each year. The event takes place at Victoria Park, opposite the Stone Building and Newbury Wharf. Over 30 boats assemble for the event and the park becomes packed with stalls, sideshows, live entertainment and food outlets. The stretch of the Canal that falls into Hungerford Branch's 'area of interest' is from Kintbury in the east to Great Bedwyn in the west. The River Dun parallels the Canal from Kintbury, through Hungerford and onwards across Freeman's Marsh, a large open nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest. From Froxfield, the canal climbs steadily through open farmland towards the villages of Little and Great Bedwyn. The main activity of the Hungerford Branch is the running of the trip boat 'Rose of Hungerford', which operates public and charter trips from the Wharf near The Canal Bridge at the bottom of High Street, Hungerford.

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