Summer Boat Trips – Kew Pier to Westminster and Hampton Court

April – September 2019, daily sailings

Kew Pier, Richmond TW9 3BE

Pleasure boats operate daily, taking passengers between Westminster and Hampton Court, stopping at Kew and Richmond piers en route. Boats depart from Kew Pier to Westminster and Hampton Court, several times a day, seven days a week.

Upriver, the trip takes you past Kew Gardens, Syon House, Richmond Riverside, Ham House and Marble House. Passing through Richmond and Teddington locks, the skipper’s commentary provides information about life on the river, the history of the places you pass, a bit of gossip about famous inhabitants and the rock and roll years of Eel Pie Island.

Downriver, the boat journeys under the Hammersmith and Albert suspension bridges, passing central London sights including: Battersea Power Station, Chelsea Wharf, and the Houses of Parliament.

One of the boats that operates the route is the Princess Freda, owned by Colliers Launches. Princess Freda was one of the Dunkirk Little Ships, which took part in the evacuation of 300,000 Allied troops from France during WW2.

For sailing times and booking details check the Thames River Boats website.

Watch our video to get an idea of the trip to Westminster. Nick Raikes talked to John Collier aboard another of Colliers’ boats, the Queen Elizabeth, on a private hire by Chiswick Pier Trust for Mother’s Day.

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