The Severn Bore – Tidal Wave in Gloucestershire, UK

The Severn bore is a wave caused by the tide funnelling water upstream on the River Severn, this eventually produces a wave called the bore. The bore is a marvellous spectacle and well worth watching at least one.

However, some bores are more spectacular than others. I advise you to keep an eye out for four or five star predictions. Also, when the river floods, the bore tends not to be so great. More about the bore…

Severn Bore Videos

2015 was an exceptional year to watch The Severn Bore from the banks of the river, both in the day and the occasional night time wave. 

Photos of the waves

I like to walk to watch the bore, so I frequently will head to either Stonebench or Elmore Back to watch it.

Severn Bore - Ben Salter
Severn Bore – Ben Salter

When to watch the 2023 Severn Bore?

There are various bores to watch each year at a variety of times of the day. The best way to plan seeing the Severn Bore is to look at an online timetable. Personally, I’d arrive 30 minutes early to see the spectacle. Sometimes they are early.

Where to Watch The 2023 Severn Bore?

There are many locations to watch the bore on either side of the riverbanks.

Newnham on Severn

Newnham on Severn is a village in west Gloucestershire, England. It lies in the Royal Forest of Dean, on the west bank of the River Severn, approximately 10 miles south-west of Gloucester and three miles Southeast of Cinderford.

Epney near The Anchor Pub

The Anchor Inn is the most obvious place at Epney to enjoy the bore. The Anchor is a family run riverside pub serving wonderful home cooked pub food. They are a great pub with a beer garden, skittle alley and function room. The Anchor & Map…

The Severn Bore Inn

They named the Inn after the wave, as it is such a brilliant spot to watch the magnificent power of nature. The Pub often opens during the bigger bores for refreshments or meals.


Minsterworth is a village that lies on the border of the City of Gloucester. The village is on the north bank of the River Severn, on the A48 road between Gloucester and Chepstow. About…

Weir Green the Best Spot to Watch The Severn Bore in Peace

Weir Green on the River Severn

In the village of Elmore is Weir Green, a lovely place to walk along the River Severn. The green is wide and has many quiet spots to watch the Severn Bore pass up the river. Ive watched both daytime and bores at night here and thoroughly enjoyed as it is so remote.

Stonebench A Fantastic Place To Watch The Severn Bore

Severn Bore

Read our latest article about my walk from Elmore Back along the River Severn To Stonebench. You can watch the bore from anywhere on this walk. You can also find a quiet spot and enjoy the spectacle. Stonebench Walk…

Over Bridge in Gloucester A Popular Place

Over Bridge, also known as Telford’s Bridge, is a single span stone arch bridge. It spans the canalised West Channel of the River Severn near Gloucester. It links Over to Alney Island. More info…


Maisemore Bridge connects the village to Alney Island and provides a viewpoint to watch the tidal wave. However, sometimes the wave fizzles out by the time it reaches here. They built Maisemore Weir and Lock in about 1870.