1. United Kingdom
  2. South East England
  3. London
  4. Hampton Court Palace

London: Boating on the Thames at Hampton Court Palace

Product ID: 358995
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Take part in a quintessentially British experience, boating on the River Thames in the leafy suburbs of London, away from the noise and bustle of the city center. You will learn about barges, locks, life on the river, and riverside pubs.
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Duration: 5 hours
Starting time 10:00 AM
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  • Travel from Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare
  • Travel on a houseboat which was built in 1911 before being adapted as a recording studio in the 1980s by its new owner, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour
  • Have a picnic by the gardens of Hampton Court Palace
Full description
Your cruise will start/finish in Walton on Thames, where your guide will welcome you on board with a cappuccino and a danish pastry in front of a wood-burning stove. They will then show you around the boat and chat with you briefly about safety procedures whilst on board. With that out of the way you will set out on your journey, which will be a chance to slow down, relax, and adapt to the pace of life on the river. The gorgeous and tranquil Surrey landscapes will help you with this process.

Your first lock will be only 30 minutes away, and for those with no previous experience this will be a chance to familiarize yourself with the procedure of "passing a lock" and to take an active part with the handling of the boat. It's bound to be good fun and a way to learn about life on the river.

All seasons are very picturesque on the Thames, and a good camera is a must. With the usual clothing suitable to season and weather forecast don't forget a warm jumper, waterproof jacket, and easy on-off shoe (as they are not allowed below deck). There will be plenty of soft drinks, tea, coffee and snacks to keep you going. A full Royal Picnic will also be served when moored up next to Hampton Court Palace's gardens, and a good riverside pub will be never too far away.
  • On-board picnic by the gardens at the Hampton Court Palace
  • Coffee, tea, soft drinks, and snacks throughout the day
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

Please arrive 30 minutes before the tour starts. The boat will be moored up just in front of the pub.

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Important information
Know before you go
• This experience requires a minimum number of 3 guests to run, if you book as a solo traveler or a couple please make sure you have some flexibility with dates
• This experience is subject to river conditions

From £75 per person

Organized by

River Experiences Ltd

Product ID: 358995