Boulters Lock and Ray Mill Island are both fantastic places to visit as there is plenty to see and explore, with the added bonus that it is all free. There was a public car park just up the road from Boulters Lock, you have to pay for it but it isn’t too expensive.
What is at Boulters Lock and Ray Mill Island?
Boulters Lock is a fantastic place to watch boats going in and out of the lock. Boulters Lock is right next to Ray Mill Island, so you just need to cross over the bridge to get onto the island.
On Ray Mill Island itself you will find plenty of opportunities to feed the swans, geese and ducks there is also a bird aviary and guinea pig enclosure for you to look at.
You will also find a little play park and around the island are wooden animal sculptures perfect for little ones to explore plus a wooden wobbly bridge which my eldest loves. At the far end of the island is Boulters Weir which makes an impressive site to watch as the water cascades back into the Thames.
There are toilets on the island and a privately owned cafe, which sells food, drinks and ice cream. There are also picnic benches and benches dotted around the island so it is a great place for a picnic or spot to visit friends and family.
What else is nearby?
Just down the road from Boulters Lock you will find Riverside Gardens, which has large play area, sand pit, crazy gold and cafe. There is a pay and display car park at Riverside Gardens (SL6 8NP). Next to Boulters Lock you will also find Boathouse Boulters Lock which is a pub and restaurant with stunning views of the river.
Where can I park?
To get to Boulter’s Lock and Ray Mill Island there is a pay and display car park at SL6 8JN.
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