Departure points

Priory Marina, Barkers Lane, Bedford (MK41 9DJ)(52°07'58.6"N 0°26'08.1"W)(52.132945, -0.435569)

Priory Marina is the home mooring of the John Bunyan.  Parking is available for coaches and cars at Priory Country Park, or signed spaced near Premier Inn (please read signs for time restrictions.) Once parked, head towards the Beefeater Restaurant, with the pub garden on your right, follow the road round until you see the John Bunyan Boat Notice Board.  Please wait on the grass area opposite the Notice Board to be escorted to the mooring by one of the crew.

If you need to drop off passengers nearer the Marina gates before parking, please do not block access for residents. Please be aware the marina car park beyond the main gates operate as a restricted access area with no access allowed for John Bunyan customers. Coach parking is also available in the left-hand side car park at the Country Park.

As Priory Marina is a residential area, we ask all our passengers to respect this and to not block access, cause noise when embarking or disembarking, and not to enter the marina unless accompanied by a member of crew. We ask that passengers arrive no earlier that 15-20 minutes before departure.

Sovereigns Quay, Bedford (MK40 1QS)(52°08'00.8"N 0°28'17.4"W)(52.133559, -0.471486)

Located next to the Star Rowing Club and near the new Riverside Bedford Leisure Complex, Sovereign’s Quay is ideally located for Town Centre access. Please wait by the blue John Bunyan notice board on the quayside.

Car Parking is available at Prebend Street (surface Level, Pay & Display). From the car park, head north on Prebend Street, then cross the road to join the Embankment path and follow the river east to the Quayside. Alternative Car Parks are: Harpur Street Shopping Centre (underground car park - pay on exit). River Street Car Park (multi-storey car park- pay on exit). There is a small pay and display car park behind the Riverside Premier Inn hotel, next to the mooring, which has a limited number of disabled bays. Coaches can drop people off at the junction of Horne Lane, River St and Commercial Rd. There is no coach parking at Sovereign’s Quay, the closest coach parking is Castle Lane (MK40 3XD).

St Marys Garden, Bedford (No post code)(52°08'03.2"N 0°28'05.9"W)( 52.134217, -0.468297)

We can also offer the option of mooring at St Mary’s Garden on the opposite side of the river to Riverside Bedford Leisure Complex, close to the pedestrian bridge. Please ask for more information.

Car Park: The closest car park is St Marys Garden Car Park (small surface Level, Pay & Display). From the car park head north following the signs to ‘River & Embankment’ into the garden area and follow the river east to the area just before the pedestrian bridge. Alternative Car Parks are Duck Mill Lane (surface Level, Pay & Display. Prebend Street (surface Level, Pay & Display.) Coaches: There is a drop off/pick up point outside the Magistrates Court on St Paul’s Square or in Horne Lane. the closest coach parking is Castle Lane (MK40 3XD).

Newnham Steps, Embankment, Bedford (MK40 3NZ)(52°08'05.3"N 0°27'45.3"W)(52.134818, -0.462586)

The mooring point for cruises from Newnham Steps is located at the junction of Newnham Street and the Embankment, opposite Castle Mount, and should not be confused with Town Bridge Steps, slightly further upstream, directly outside the Swan Hotel. The closest car park is Lurke Street (multi-storey car park- pay on exit), and coaches can drop off at Castle Lane (MK40 3XD)

Car Parking for Town Centre Boarding Points

For cruises that commence at Sovereign’s Quay, St. Mary’s Gardens or Newnham Steps we suggest that you visit the Bedford Borough Council website for up to date parking details, payment methods, etc . Please be aware we understand that some of these Car Parking only accept payment by card or phone.