River Thames Boat Service Westminster – Hampton Court 2016
Author: Bob Handford
This not very well publicised river boat service has been operating for many, many years.
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.
In 2016, there are 2 daily departures from Westminster at 11 a.m. and midday.
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 & Fares Westminster - Kew - Hampton Court Palace 2016
Westminster to Hampton Court River Service – Full timetables & Faresalert-success
Alternative Richmond - Hampton Court Palace River Service 2016
Richmond is at the end of the District Line of the London Underground and there are also frequent trains from London’s Waterloo Railway Station.
The river journey is scheduled at 1 hour 45 mins between Richmond and Hampton Court.
Richmond to Hampton Court River Service – Full timetables & Faresalert-success
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