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Due to MCA's recommendations of fixtures to the vessels we will not be operating the 2024 season, thank you for your support and hopefully see you next year. 



Tuesday- closed 



Friday: Closed

Saturday: Closed.

Sunday: Closed.

Sailing times updated 15/11/23 




Trips are a 90 minute river cruise from Newark, round trips only.

 For enquiries, visit our contact page or call us on 01636 362 303

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Newark Castle Line is a family run business providing public trips and parties sailing from Newark Castle since 1982.  Join us onboard the Edwardian River Cruiser M.V Sonning for a wonderful cruise on the River Trent.   


Adult: £15.00

Seniors: £14.00

Child: £5.00

Private Evening Charter: £280 per hour (minimum 2 hrs Tuesday-Thursday and 3 hrs Friday-Monday) Daytime private charter cost will vary depending on day and time.

School Charter: £280 Sailing at 11:00 for 1 Hour and 15 Minutes

Sonning Castle Small

Sailing Times:

From Newark: 1pm & 3pm, times may vary please check the website or give us a call on the day you wish to take a trip to check sailing times.

Cruises take 1hr 40 mins round trip approximately.

 old sonning


Wheelchair access is limited to the main upper deck only.

Passengers are recommended to wear suitable footwear.

Scheduled sailings of Sonning can be cancelled at short notice due to any circumstance that the Operators deem to be of potential detriment to the safety of the vessel or her passengers and crew.  

Telephone confirmation is the most reliable method of planning your visit to avoid inconvenience or disappointment if sailing times have changed. If you are a group under 20 then there is no need to book simply turn up.  



Welcome Aboard...

sonning dressed small


The "Sonning" is a stylish choice for any suitable event.  Built in 1902 as a River Thames Passenger Steamer, she features upper deck areas seating 85 people, with a downstairs Edwardian saloon for a further 35.  We recommend a total limit of 80 passengers for private functions.  A fully licensed bar in the saloon serves a wide range of alcoholic and soft drinks, tea and coffee.  Modern Ladies and Gents toilets are also situated below decks.

About Us

The Edwardian river cruiser M.V. Sonning is a family run business, providing public trips and parties on the river Trent over the last 33 years. We aim to enhance the river and share the beauties which the river and her banks behold. Our staff are fully qualified with 20 years experience in the Merchant Navy and take pride in their work. Striving to enhance your experience onboard whether your enjoying a public trip, wedding, party, school trip or a corporate event. Any event is possible on this unique venue.


Cuckstool Wharf
Castle Gate
NG24 1BG

Contact Us

Please visit our Contact Us page if you have any questions.

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