Stuart Line Cruises | Boat Trips in Devon | Exmouth

Stuart Line Cruises

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Award-winning family boat trips for over 50 years in Devon!

The all-weather attraction sailing all-year round on the calm and sheltered waters of the River Exe and along the World Heritage Site Jurassic Coast during the summer months.

All boats have an outdoor upper deck with oodles of fresh air and cosy blankets for great viewing and indoor, heated lower decks with huge windows – perfect whatever the weather has in store!

Hot and cold refreshments and snacks are available and there are toilet facilities on board.

There are heaps of cruises and day trips available, River and Mini Coastal Cruises are great for families or there are plenty of longer trips along the Jurassic Coast and South Devon coastline for those wanting more of a day out – there is something for everyone whatever the British weather!

Stuart Line Cruises pride themselves on their exceptional levels of customer service and warm and friendly crew, its no wonder they have been awarded five years of 5 Star TripAdvisor ratings!

Just 15 minutes off the M5 at Junction 30, these boat trips are easily accessible and offer a beautifully unique perspective of this stunning part of the British coastline.

Embark on an incredible trip with the multi-award winning, family run attraction where everyone is guaranteed a warm and hearty welcome aboard!

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Stuart Line Cruises open?

We are an all weather, family-friendly, dog-friendly, value for money experience with boat trips accessible for wheelchair users. Operating all year round.

What are the facilities like at Stuart Line Cruises?

Our boats feature open air upper decks and heated, covered lower saloons with large windows for excellent viewing. Fully licensed bar, serving a variety of soft, hot and alcoholic beverages plus light snacks. There is live commentary and there are toilets on board

What trips are available at Stuart Line Cruises?

We have a range of cruises from bird watching, summer and winter cruises, summer bbq, firework special and sail with Santa plus many more. See the website for full details

Where is Stuart Line Cruises in the UK?

Stuart Line Cruises is based in Exmouth, Devon (EX8 1FE) but has departure points in Exeter, Sidmouth and Topsham

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We love the santa cruise every year its the start of Christmas for us 🎅
The children have the best time non stop fun , staff are amazing & so welcoming.
But don’t want to sell it to much or we won’t get our tickets 🤣
But it is a must each year for us 😁


Great Boats
Great Boat trips well worth the money.
Take the whole family dogs too. Its a great time spent on the boats, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, soft drinks, ice cream, beer, wine also served on board.
Toilets on board.
Book on line or at the office
Staff nice and friendly.

Angela P

A wonderful trip – booking’s simple.
Friendly staff
Lovely boat.
Excellent commentary
Hot food and drink
What more needed
Bright sunny weather did help!

Robert B

Had a great trip on the River Exe Cruise , the staff went out of their away to assist husband in a wheelchair , they took charge of getting him on and off the boat.
We also had the cream tea excellent .
Great value for money highly recommend and will try another trip next time
Thank you for making the trip so enjoyable


We had a fantastic day on the cruise from Exmouth to Torquay and Brixham. The crew were all friendly and helpful (in the office and on the boat) and the commentary provided by the skipper was interesting and informative. This trip represents spectacular value for money. Highly recommended.

Sarah B

How To Find Us

By Car

Simply follow the brown tourism signs for Stuart Line Cruises, Exmouth. These will direct you to Exmouth Seafront and direct you to turn right. Follow the seafront road down to Exmouth Marina where you will find our Booking Office in the blue and white building on the corner.

Where to Park

There is limited free parking available on the side streets, please check road signs for local restrictions.

By Train 

Exmouth Train Station (EX8 1BZ) is located a short, flat walk from our Booking Office (approximately 10 minutes). Trains run from Exeter Central Station every 30 minutes – please check their timetable for specific times.

Walk out of the train station and you will see Marks & Spencer on your right. Stay on this side of the road and walk along the pavement towards the mini roundabout. Just before the mini roundabout, cross the road at the Zebra Crossing and then continue to walk along Imperial Road. Take the first right-hand road turning, onto Victoria Road and follow this road right to the end. Stuart Line Cruises’ Booking Office is located at the end of Victoria Road – you cannot miss us!

By Bus 

The 57 Stagecoach bus runs every 15-minutes from Exeter city centre to Exmouth town centre (The Strand). It is then a 10 or 15-minute walk to Stuart Line Cruises.

Our boat trips from Topsham leave from Topsham Quay, in front of The Lighter Inn and next to the Antiques Warehouse (large red brick building with painted green windows and doors). We do not have a Kiosk or Booking Office in Topsham and there will not be a member of our staff there. Passengers should wait on the quayside for the boat to arrive.

By Car

Once in Topsham, simply follow the signs for parking in the town – there are several pay and display car parks to choose from. The following car parks are within reasonable walking distance of the boat departure point on Topsham Quay.

Where to Park

  • Topsham Quay Car Park (EX3 0JB) – located on Topsham Quay, approximately a 1-minute walk from the boat departure point.
  • Holman Way Car Park (EX3 0EN) – approximately a 4-minute walk from the boat departure point at Topsham Quay (EX3 0JB).
  • Mathews Hall Car Park (EX3 0HF) – located in the town centre, approximately a 5-minute walk from the boat departure point (EX3 0JB).

By Train 

Topsham Train Station (EX3 0DS) is located approximately a 10-minute walk from the boat departure point at Topsham Quay (EX3 0JB). Trains run approximately every 30 minutes between Exeter, Topsham and Exmouth and you are advised to check times before travelling. This is the method of transport included in our Round Robin Boat and Train Cruise.

By Bus 

The number 57 bus runs regularly Exeter, Topsham and Exmouth. The stop in Topsham high-street is called The Nelson (EX3 0ED) and this is approximately a 7-minute walk from the boat departure point at Topsham Quay (EX3 0JB).

The ‘T’ Bus runs between Topsham Train Station and Topsham Quay, with several other stops located throughout the town.

By Bike 

The Exe Estuary Cycle Trail runs alongside the River Exe, linking the towns of Exmouth and Topsham with Exeter City Centre. If you intend to cycle to us, we recommend that you plan your route, and you should contact our Booking Office on 01395 222144 to check whether or not it will be suitable to take your bicycle on your cruise with you.

Follow the blue Cycle Path signs to the seafront. Stuart Line Cruises’ Booking Office is located at the end of Victoria road and you will see us straight in front of you in the blue and white building. Once here, you will find limited bicycle wrack facilities in the car park, behind our Booking Office.

Our departure point at Exeter Canal Basin does not have a booking office but is situated on the Canal Basin side of The Quay, close to The Rockfish Restaurant. The satnav postcode is EX2 8DP.

A uniformed Stuart Line Cruises Staff member will be at the Exeter Canal Basin approximately two hours prior to the departure time and will be wearing a white shirt with red epaulettes or a white shirt and & red jacket. Our Staff will be extremely happy to help so please make sure that you ask if you are unsure as to where you need to be. If you cannot find our Staff and you are within two hours of the departure time, it is likely that you are in the wrong place. If you are unsure as to where to find the departure point and you cannot see a uniformed Stuart Line Cruises Staff member, you should call our Booking Office for clarification on 01395 222144.

Due to the popularity of our boat trips departing from Exeter, we would strongly recommend booking in advance as it extremely unlikely there would be space available on the day.

By Car

Once in Exeter, there are three main Council-run Pay and Display Car Parks to choose from. As always, you must allow plenty of time to avoid the risk of missing the boat. The following car parks are located within reasonable walking distance of the boat departure point.

Where to Park

  • Cathedral and Quay Car Park (EX1 1DE) – approximately a 7-minute walk.
  • Haven Banks Car Park (EX2 8GW) – approximately a 4-minute walk.
  • Magdalen Street Car Park (EX2 4HZ)– approximately a 10-minute walk.

By Train 

  • Exeter Central Train Station (EX4 3SB) is located in the centre of Exeter, approximately a 20-minute walk from the boat departure point at Exeter Canal Basin (EX2 8DP).
  • Exeter St. David’s Train Station (EX4 4NT) is approximately a 25-minute walk from the boat departure point at Exeter Canal Basin (EX2 8DP).
  • Exeter St. Thomas Train Station (EX4 1AF) is approximately a 9-minute walk from the boat departure point at Exeter Canal Basin (EX2 8DP).

By Bus 

  • The G Bus runs regularly from Exeter City Centre to The Quay.
  • The 57 Bus runs between Exmouth and Exeter City Centre. The walk from the bus stop in Exeter City Centre (Sidwell Street) to the boat departure point at Exeter Canal Basin (EX2 8DP) will take approximately 15 minutes.

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