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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

Note: If you have a Travelcard you can get a 33% discount

Westminster to:

Adult Child Senior
Single Return Single Return Single Return
Kew £12.00 £18.00 £6.00 £9.00 £8.00 £12.00
Richmond £13.50 £20.25 £6.75 £10.25 £9.00 £13.50
Hampton Court £15.00 £22.50 £7.50 £11.25 £10.00 £15.00

Kew to:

Adult Child Senior
Single Return Single Return Single Return
Westminster £12.00 £18.00 £6.00 £9.00 £8.00 £12.00
Richmond £6.75 £10.50 £3.50 £5.25 £4.50 £7.00
Hampton Court £12.00 £18.00 £6.00 £9.00 £8.00 £12.00


Links To Related Information

London\’s River Services – An Overview


River Thames River Services Map – All services


Hampton Court Palace – Information


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  • Walden rio

    I really like this blog post! As, i love to buy Thames Cruises Tickets and want to travel their with my friends and family.

  • Chris Kimberley

    Hi there can u take bicycles and buggies from Hampton to Kew ?



    • http://www.londontoolkit.com/ Bob

      Assuming you take South West train services to Richmond then Overground to Kew the only reason not to take a buggy is if you cannot independently carry the buggy aboard or you travel at a time when carriages are jam packed.

      For bicycles there are restrictions.
      For South West Trains, see:

      For the Overground compact folding bikes are accepted on all London Overground trains at
      all times. Restrictions for non-folding bikes apply Mondays to Fridays
      (except public holidays) between 07:00-10:00 or 16:00-19:00

  • Matt

    Can you give me the sailing times from Hampton Court to Kew

  • Jo Drake

    We want to take an open-top boat (but also with an inside part in case it rains!) tomorrow Wednesday August 14 2013 from Kew to Hampton Court

    Also on Wednesday August 14 2013 from Hampton Court to Kew

    What are the times

    Where do you pick up the boat in Kew

    Do you buy the tickets on the day—–if so, do you need to be there 30 minutes before leaving?

    This is URGENT

    • Bob

      Full details about the Hampton Court boat is on their web site (link below)
      I think it covers most of your questions.

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