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New battery-powered boats give Warwick visitors unrivalled castle views – powered by the sun

Warwick Boats

A new fleet of battery-powered boats will help visitors to the historic town of Warwick enjoy unrivalled views of its world-famous castle from the River Avon this summer – all powered by the sun. 

Warwick Boats has added five electric motor boats for the 2024 season that will be charged overnight from its brand new solar array, giving people the chance to cruise to the castle powered by renewable energy. 

Visitors can board a range of vessels from Warwick boats to enjoy time on the River Avon – complete with a unique viewpoint of the castle – including pedalos, traditional row boats, canoes and kayaks.

Warwick Boats

Now, they can also choose a super sustainable option with the addition of the new electric boats. The five boats run all day using powerful Victron batteries that are charged overnight from a solar array that provides Warwick Boats with enough power to charge them. Two hold up to five adults or six people including children, while three hold up to four adults or five people including children.

Matt Bishop, from Warwick Boats, said: “Hiring a boat to cruise down the Avon to the castle, taking in the historic views from a unique viewpoint and enjoying fun on the water is one of the highlights of plenty of visitors’ trips to Warwick.

“We’ve long been offering a fantastic range of boats for all the family, from pedalos to traditional row boats, canoes and kayaks, but we wanted to do our own bit to ensure we’re as sustainable as possible, hence investing in these new boats and our solar array.

“This new technology means we can charge our boats overnight and they can run all day – powered by the sun – to give visitors of all ages an experience to remember, all powered by renewable energy.

Warwick Boats

“The view of Warwick Castle from the river is breathtaking, and really gives you a feel for the size and grandeur of this magnificent structure, so whether it’s on board one of our electric boat, or on a swan or dragon, we look forward to welcoming people for a unique experience this summer.”

Warwick Boats also provides: canoe and kayak courses and birthday parties for children and adults, dragon boat racing for youth and corporate groups, as well as exclusive evening parties with the boats included.

Warwick Boats is open from Easter to October for courses and boat hire, with boats available to hire from 10am to 5.30pm every day of the summer (subject to the weather) and can be prebooked online at

For parties and group  bookings at any time – contact Warwick Boats on , Tel 01926 494 743, or visit their website