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Enjoyable Canal Cruises

The Matilda Too is a 12-seat narrowboat based in Reading.

Whether you are a local resident or a visitor to the Town, step aboard our narrowboat Matilda Too and enjoy a leisurely cruise round the town. It’s a chance to experience views of Reading that very few have seen, as well as discovering something of the role the river has played in the town’s history.

Regular Trip Dates and Times

45 Minute public trips run at 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in August and weekends in September.

We aim to depart on time, so please be ready for boarding 5-10 minutes before the trip departure time. Canal traffic and particularly lock traffic is unpredictable so durations and return times are approximate. Dogs are only accepted at the discretion of the Skipper and as long as there are no objections from other passengers and their owners are responsible for controlling them!

Trip Booking

You can book places by:

  • Walking up on the day. Pay on the spot with cash or card. But just bear in mind that places are limited and pre-booked passengers have priority.
  • Using our online ticket site at (also accessible via our regular trips page. Online bookings can be made for Regular Trips right up to 15 minutes before the trip commences.
  • Phoning the office on 01380 721279, Monday-Friday, 9-4:30. Tickets for our regular trips are pre-bookable up to the day before the trip. If you get our voicemail, please leave a message and we’ll call you back.


Is there a special occasion coming up like a Birthday or a Reunion? How about floating along our green and leafy waterways on board Matilda Too with friends and family? These would typically be 90 or 120 minutes, with prices starting from as little as £80 for a group of up to 6 on a 90 minute trip

The Cream Teas option has proved quite popular and catering is available on request. 

For Charter enquiries please call 07947279704 or email

For our trip booking Terms and Conditions please see here.

How to find the Matilda Too

The Matilda Too operates from Star Lane Wharf in Reading, next to Queen’s Road car park, RG1 4AR. The departure point is found next to the footbridge crossing the river. We are two minutes walk from the Oracle and fifteen minutes walk from the Railway station. Nearest bus stops: Duke Street, London Street, Kings Road.

The Matilda Too based in Reading, is operated by volunteers on behalf of the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust. The Kennet and Avon Canal Trust operates four other Trip Boats (in Bradford on Avon, Newbury, Hungerford and Devizes) together with the Bruce Branch boats at Great Bedwyn (wheelchair-friendly Wide Beam Canal Boats for holiday hire, days out or training) and the Crofton Beam Engines (steam-driven pumping station built in 1807-9 to supply water to the summit of the Kennet & Avon Canal).