Canoe Hire in Shrewsbury

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Canadian canoe hire Shrewsbury town centre

📍 The Quarry, Shrewsbury
🛶 1 hour: £25 per canoe
🛶 2 hours: £40 per canoe
👪 Ages: 4+ (restrictions apply)
✔️ All equipment included

Now open for the 2023 season!
Go canoeing for an hour or two from The Quarry in Shrewsbury town centre and explore the River Severn as it loops around the town.


per 3-seat canoe

1 Hour: Book Now2 Hours: Book Now

Inclusive of VAT. An additional 5% online booking fee is charged by our booking system provider.

Difficulty level 1 of 5

We have graded all of the routes and trips we offer across our various locations on a relative difficulty scale of 1 to 5 (from easy to moderately difficult).

This experience is suitable for beginners and is rated 1/5 because the section of river you will be paddling on is wide and slow moving.

Prior canoeing experience is not required. You will be given a safety brief and an introduction on how to steer and propel your canoe.

If you can swim and follow instructions then you will be fine!

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Hire a Canoe from The Quarry

Our Canadian-style canoes have three seats and can be paddled by either 2 or 3 people (or 4 if you have two young kids!).

After a short safety brief, we will help you onto the water and you can paddle off upstream into the countryside.

This experience is suitable for beginners and, with a bit of instruction from our staff, you will get the hang of it in no time!

Pre bookings are possible for one or two-hour hires only, but you can go out for 45 or 90 minutes too if you turn up on the day.

2-hour hire: Book Now

What do I need to bring?

Nothing really! We provide buoyancy aids and you can wear whatever clothing you would wear to go on a walk around the park.

We also operate on a turn-up-and-hire basis, so we are used to people walking in off the street!

Meet us at our stand in The Quarry in Shrewsbury town centre (by the Porthill footbridge) and we will get you kitted up and on the water.

2-hour hire: Book Now
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How far can we go?

Paddle as far as you can or want to! There is no set point at which you must turn around. What we advise is for you to paddle upstream for two-thirds of your chosen time and then come back downstream in the last third.

In the spring you might spot lambs further upstream in one of the fields and in the summer you will probably spot cows lounging on one of the river beaches!

Unbeatable value!

Our turn-up-and-hire prices from Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park are:

  • £25 per canoe for 1 hour
  • £40 per canoe for 2 hours
2-hour hire: Book Now
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Family on a stand-up paddle board on the River Severn in Shrewsbury

Or try paddle boarding!

Our stand-up paddle boards are also available to hire from the Quarry Park this summer!

Whether you are a keen paddle boarder or have yet to stand up, the town centre stretch of the River Severn is suitable for everyone. The water is slower moving than on other sections of the river and there is plenty of width and depth to splash around in!

Check out our stand-up paddle board hire page🏄

Stand-up paddle board hire

Fun with the family

There must be at least one adult (18+) in each canoe. Dogs are welcome.

  • 2 people in a canoe: [Adult, Adult] OR [Adult, 7+]
  • 3 people in a canoe: [Adult, Adult, Adult] OR [Adult, 10+, 10+] OR [Adult, 4+, Adult]
  • 4 people in a canoe: [Adult, 2x small children sharing middle seat*, Adult]

*the two children must be small enough (min. age 4 up to approx. age 9) to comfortably sit side-by-side on the middle seat, which is 80cm wide. Groups of 4 people with larger children will need to book two canoes.

Our minimum age is 4 years but the child must be big enough to fit our smallest buoyancy aid. If your child is very small for their age, please come and see us for a free fitting.

2-hour hire: Book Now
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Rafted Canoe

To completely eliminate all chances of capsize, we can make you a “rafted canoe”. This is where we secure two canoes together side-by-side to create a craft that cannot be capsized.

This requires a minimum of two adults at the back of the boat to steer and propel the Rafted Canoe. In front of the two adults you can seat two young children (4+) and, in front of them, a further two children or adults.

When booking, please select your choice of 2-seat or 3-seat canoes (at least two!) and then add the Rafted Canoe option at no extra charge.

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"Canoe or paddle board in the heart of Shrewsbury in beautiful setting."

- Lisa B., Tripadvisor

Ellen B
Lots of fun!

We decided to book this very last minute whilst on honeymoon in Shropshire. We are so glad we did! It was very easy to book a time slot online, and good value for money to get 2 hours on the water. The leader made us feel at ease and ensured we had fun with no stress or worry. We got in the water and were able to explore up and down stream of Shrewsbury which was beautiful. We loved it! Thank you!

Kate F
Brilliant fun on the river for kids and adults!!

Canoed on the river with 35 kids as part of their final year at school celebrations and end of exams - they had enormous fun. Hire a canoe were great - well organised, all necessary equipment and a friendly and helpful team. It's a great way to see Shrewsbury from a different viewpoint with newly hatched ducks and cows drinking at the banks!

Liz M
Fantastic canoe trip on the River Severn

Excellent outfit with great boats and brilliant staff. Our trip was expertly organised, which made it fun and easy. The staff are relaxed and fun and made sure that we had fun too!
We also watched part of a paddle boarding group lesson/trip they were doing which looked amazing. Next time!
I would definitely recommend this fabulous experience.