London River Thames Boat Service Westminster – Hampton Court 2014
Author: Bob Handford
This not very well publicised river boat service has been operating for many, many years. Bob can remember going on a school trip on the service from Westminster to Kew in the \’swinging sixties\’ era.
The service runs in the summer months only from April until the end of October.
The thought of arriving at Hampton Court by the river just like the main Kings and Queens who used Hampton Court is a very attractive idea.
Unfortunately the logistics of the river journey all the way do not fit in too well with a full visit to Hampton Court as the river journey takes a full three hours.
If you want to visit Hampton Court \’properly\’ its probably best if you go down to Hampton Court first thing by train from Waterloo, the other side of the Thames from Westminster Pier where the boats start from in Central London. The return boats to London depart Hampton Court Palace at 3.p.m and 4 p.m.
The other main destination the boat visits is Kew Gardens, which is half way between Westminster and Hampton Court.
Kew Gardens is also on the District Line of the Underground
The boats used are not the biggest river boats on the Thames, the largest able to carry about 200 people. They have basic catering facilities.
The departure point in London is Westminster Pier, next to Westminster Bridge with Big Ben towering above. There is an exit from Westminster Underground Station direct to the pier.
Its a pleasant enough journey with an ever changing tapestry of river life from the inner city to near countryside by the time you get to Hampton Court.
Sailing Schedule Westminster - Kew - Hampton Court Palace 2014
In 2014 there are two sailings each day going the entitre Westminster to Hampton Court route.
Departs Westminster 11:00, 12:00
Departs Kew For London 16:30, 17:30
Departs Hampton Court For London 15:00, 16:00
Westminster to Hampton Court 3 hours
Westminster to Kew 1.5 hours
Fares Westminster - Kew - Hampton Court Palace 2014
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