The River Orwell, a popular sailing destination, runs through Suffolk, broadening into an estuary at Ipswich and flowing into the North Sea at Felixstowe. As early as the year 600AD Anglo-Saxons settled in Ipswich, (in those days called Gippeswyk), where a market town was developed. The name Orwell is believed to have meant 'river near the shore', a name which derived from the Anglo Saxons.
You can enjoy it's sights and sounds and step aboard the handsome Sailing Barge Victor; a majestically rigged 19th Century vessel complete with a bar and striking original features. Victor is an Ipswich dock built ship, which was used during the Second World War, loading munitions out of Chatham Dock- and even survived a direct bomb hit. You can book onto one of the popular cruises and float along the River from Ipswich, enjoying the peace and quiet and watching the birds.
Alternatively, enjoy a cruise on board the Orwell Lady; with cushioned seating, panoramic views and commentary from the knowledgeable onboard skippers. Snacks are available on board, as well as alcoholic beverages, and you can choose from several different routes which all uncover a different aspect of the surrounding area.
For a more intimate experience, The Lady Florence at Orford, seats 12 passengers comfortably in the warm and serene saloon of the boat, and you can even choose to dine aboard for breakfast, lunch or supper. With a menu of freshly prepared food and accompanying wines, this is a wonderful opportunity to dine with an ever changing view. After your meal, step out onto the ample deck to get some fresh air and watch the world go by.