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Paddle Steamer Cruises

All aboard the worlds smallest paddle steamer

Join PS Monarch, the worlds smallest commercially operated paddle steamer for a relaxing cruise along the tranquil River Medina between the ancient ports of Cowes and Newport. With her bright red funnel and black top PS Monarch resembles the much bigger steamers that Red Funnel operated until the mid 1950's. Sadly today there are only 3 genuine working paddle steamers left in the UK.

With space for just 12 guests, cruises operate between April and October and last for approx 1 hour. It is a great opportunity to see rare and abundant wildlife and learn about the fascinating history of the river from a real steamboat.

Please see the timetable to check operating times, pre-booking is essential.

Where to join Monarch

Newport: Town Quay, Newport. Directly opposite the Quay Arts Centre terrace and adjacent to the large black propeller on the quayside. PO30 2LA

West Cowes: Trinity Landing, West Cowes. This is the new landing pontoon off Cowes Parade. PO31 7QS

Enquiries & Bookings

  • Tel. 01983 290124
  • Direct line to boat: 07545 624501
Timetable & official website

RedFunnel Address

Contact Centre: For travel, accommodation and enquiries call +44 (0)23 8001 9192

Switchboard: Tel +44 (0)23 8024 8500. Fax +44 (0)23 8024 8501.

Registered in England: 002404, VAT number: GB 902 873131. All Rights Reserved, © 2014 Red Funnel (i-3a835fb2)

Isle of Wight Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries, Trinity Road, East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6RA | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (West Cowes), Fountain Yard, West Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7AR.

Southampton Port Addresses: Red Funnel Isle of Wight Ferries (Terminal 1), Terminal 1, Dock Gate 7 off Town Quay Road, Southampton, SO14 2AR | Red Funnel Red Jet Ferries (Terminal 2), Terminal 2, Town Quay, Southampton SO14 2AQ.

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