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Cawsand Ferry

The Cawsand Ferry runs daily during the seasonal months, between the Barbican Landing Stage and the beautiful beaches and Cornish villages of Cawsand and Kingsand on the Rame peninsula.

A wonderful boat trip in itself, this half hour ferry journey takes you back in time to the quaint fishing and smuggling villages of Cawsand and Kingsand, with secluded beaches, spectacular walks and magnificent scenery. You can be sure of a warm welcome in the many pubs, restaurants, shops and cafes.

Please note, this is a seasonal service running from Easter to the last Sunday in October.

Cawsand Ferry Information

The Cawsand Ferry service has been operating for more than one hundred years, connecting Plymouth to the beautiful beaches and villages of Cawsand and Kingsand.

Part of the fabric of the community, The Weston Maid or Red Pig, as she’s affectionately known by the locals, offers a 30 minute sailing to and from the Barbican Landing Stage in Plymouth, directly onto Cawsand Beach.

A 40ft purpose built passenger vessel, The Weston Maid is a celebrity in her own right, built as a lifeboat for the ocean liner, Canberra. An extremely elegant and famous passenger ship, The Canberra was the first ship in the world to have lifeboats specifically designed to slot neatly into compartments in the side of the ship, and could also transport passengers from ship to shore.

The trusty Weston Maid has travelled many thousands of miles all over the world, with true pedigree!  The Weston Maid is M.C.A. Licensed to carry 62 passengers and two members of crew.

Dog Friendly – Dogs are allowed on all our Daytime Cruises & Ferries, but must remain on their leads at all times.

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Cawsand Ferry Timetable

Service operates during the summer months only and will recommence Friday 1st April 2022:
From: 1st April to Sunday 30th October 2022 (inclusive).

Departs Barbican Landing Stage:
09:00, 10:30, 12:00, 13:30, 15:00, 16:30, *18:00

Departs Cawsand Beach:
09:30, 11:00, 12:30, 14:00, 15:30, 17:00, *18:30


Weather, tide & circumstances permitting.

We look forward to welcoming you on board.

PLEASE NOTE: that embarking/disembarking on the Cawsand Ferry can be challenging at times, due to the use of a removable ramp/footway at Cawsand Beach.  Our crew have the right to refuse access if they feel this cannot be achieved ‘safely’.

ACTIVE / LIVE INFORMATION: Please check our live Twitter Feed, where we will alert customers of any changes to all our services during adverse weather conditions.

Cawsand Ferry Prices

Adult – £5

Child – £2.50 (between 3 – 15 years)

Children 2 and under – FREE

Bicycles – £2.50

Single fares only.

Regular ferry users we offer a pre-paid Season Ticket Book – please ask onboard for more details.

Prams and bicycles are welcome.

Well behaved dogs sail for FREE!

Cawsand Ferry How to Book

Our Ferry Services are run on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be booked in advance.  Please purchase your tickets directly onboard.

Please check our Live Twitter feed for daily updates as services may vary during extreme windy weather conditions.

Private Hire crossings may be available for large groups and organisations, although tide pending so please email or contact our office for more information: info@plymouthboattrips.co.uk or 01752 253153

Cawsand Ferry Covid-19

On-Board Guidance

Welcome back on board with Plymouth Boat Trips! We have put in place the following information and guidance to help us all to stay safe, please read before stepping aboard...
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Face Coverings are mandatory on our Ferry Services, as public transport, this does not apply to those under the age of 11 or with breathing difficulties. All our crew members wear Face Coverings and are tested regularly.

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Please queue, observing social distance, at the signposted areas, awaiting instructions from a member of staff, prior to moving towards the vessel.

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Hand sanitiser gel is provided for passenger use throughout our vessels and we ask that you please sanitise hands on boarding.

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Space out! Please make every effort to keep 2 metres away from people (outside your family) on-board our vessels and make use of our open top deck wherever possible, breathe in the fresh air! Windows are opened where possible.

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We are still operating a one-way system on our vessels, please follow the arrows on the deck and observe social distancing to the best of your ability, including when seated. Please leave the boat in an orderly fashion.

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While our helpful crew should be able to support anyone, who is seen to slip or be falling to prevent injury, we are unable to provide our normal level of assistance, therefore, we cannot offer a hand with luggage, pushchairs etc.

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We kindly ask all passengers, wherever possible, to book online (except on our Ferry Services) or use contactless payments and, where available, purchase return tickets, to reduce the level of contact during transactions.  Where cash is used, please ensure you have exact change.

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Bicycles are permitted on-board our foot ferries; however, we ask you to please load and unload them carefully, without assistance.

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Table service is available on-board our cruise vessels, please take your seat and a member of crew will come around to take snack or beverage orders.

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Please be assured, all our vessels are cleaned, thoroughly, prior to the start of the daily schedule and at the end of each day. Additionally, high traffic areas will be cleaned throughout the day.

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Well behaved sea dogs are, of course, still very welcome aboard all our Daytime Cruises and Ferry Services (except Fishing Trips). Please keep on lead throughout the journey.

Plymouth Boat Trips thank you for your cooperation and stay safe.

To download our Operating Procedures for all Plymouth Boat Trip Vessels and Personnel please CLICK HERE

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What our customers say...

“Thank you to the Cremyll Ferry for all your support of Fourlanesend Community School. We use your service with the children at various points in the year. This helps us deliver our unique curriculum and we always appreciate the help you give us. Thank you for being part of our success!”

Rebecca Norton, Head Teacher Fourlanesend C.P. School

“I thoroughly recommend Plymouth Boat Trips. They welcome everyone and I’m sure that anyone who uses them will have a wonderful time.”

Theresa Burt, Ask4All

“For the past 8 years, we have used Plymouth Boat Trips to host our event watching the British Fireworks Championship in August.  Our event has been hugely popular each year, which is no doubt thanks to Plymouth Boat Trips’ excellent hospitality.   

We cannot recommend Plymouth Boat Trips enough! Thank you again for your faultless service year after year!”

Hannah Jackson, Hulley & Kirkwood Consulting Engineers Ltd

“I thoroughly recommend Plymouth Boat Trips! As a support group for people with disabilities and their families we have been organising activities for over 16 years. One of our favourite events is with Plymouth Boat Trips, cruising the Tamar whilst enjoying a disco!  They welcome everyone and I’m sure that anyone who uses them will have a wonderful time.”

Theresa Burt, Ask4All

“We use Plymouth Boat Trips every year for a celebration at the end of the academic year. We are always very well looked after by the crew. It makes for a great celebration at a very competitive price.”

Diane Henderson, Assistant Vice Principal, Marine Academy Plymouth

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