Tower of London
Home to the Crown Jewels, the Tower of London reverberates with dark secrets, where priceless jewels glint in fortified vaults and pampered ravens strut the grounds. Founded by William the Conqueror in 1066, and enlarged and modified by successive sovereigns, the Tower of London is one of the world's most famous and spectacular fortresses. Discover its 900-year history as royal palace and fortress, prison and place of execution, mint, arsenal, menagerie and jewel house.
Thames River Sightseeing Cruise
The best way to see the sights and splendor of this great capital city is from the deck of a boat. The River Thames weaves its way through London, with history around every bend.
You'll experience the sights and splendor of this great city from the comfort of a modern, all-weather, wheelchair-friendly RiverLiner, with open upper decks and spacious lower saloons with panoramic windows. Take advantage of two bars providing light refreshments, snacks and alcoholic beverages.
Cruises depart frequently from Westminster Pier, Waterloo (London Eye) Pier, Tower and Greenwich Pier. The shortest trips between piers last around 30 minutes, while the full round trip takes 2.5 leisurely hours.
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Cruise departs from all the following piers at different times throughout the day:
- Westminster Pier (beside Westminster Bridge)
- Waterloo Pier (near London Eye)
- Tower Pier (near Tower of London)
- Greenwich Pier (near Cutty Sark)
- November 01 to February 28: Tuesday to Saturday - 9:00am to 5:00pm, Sunday to Monday - 10:00pm to 5:00pm. Last entry is at 4:00pm.
- March 01 to October 31: Tuesday to Saturday - 9:00am to 6:00pm, Sunday to Monday - 10:00am to 6:00pm. Last entry is at 5:00pm.
Thames River Cruise
- Westminster to Tower Pier -10:00am, 10:40am, 11:20am, 12:00 (noon), 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm, 4:30pm
- Westminster to Greenwich Pier - 10:00am, 10:40am, 11:20am, 12:00 (noon), 12:45pm, 1:30pm, 2:15pm, 3:00pm, 3:45pm
- Waterloo to Tower Pier - 10:10am, 10:50am, 11:30am, 12:10pm, 12:55pm, 1:40pm, 2:25pm, 3:10pm, 3:55pm, 4:40pm
- Waterloo to Greenwich Pier - 10:10am, 10:50am, 11:30am, 12:10pm, 12:55pm, 1:40pm, 2:25pm, 3:10pm
- Tower to Westminster and Waterloo Piers - 10:10am, 10:50am, 11:30am, 12:15pm, 1:00pm, 1:45pm, 2:20pm, 3:05pm, 3:50pm, 4:35pm, 5:20pm
- Tower to Greenwich Pier - 10:40am, 11:20am, 12:00 (noon), 12:40pm, 1:25pm, 2:10pm, 2:55pm, 3:40pm
- Greenwich to Tower, Westminster and Waterloo Piers - 10:50am, 11:40am, 12:20pm, 1:00pm, 1:40pm
Last times shown are the latest embarkation times for the full round trip. Additional departures operate from April to October.
The shortest trip between piers lasts approximately 20 - 30 minutes, while the full round trip takes approximately 2.5 hours
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Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise
- Sightseeing cruise
- Live commentary on board
- Admission ticket to Tower of London
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pick up and drop off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Bar, cafe and toilets are available onboard the cruise
- Wheelchair accessible, please advise at time of booking if wheelchair assistance is required
The journey through history begins at Westminster Pier, in the shadow of Big Ben's tower and just a few steps away from Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned for almost 1,000 years. This is also the pier closest to the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms off Whitehall, the center of national government, and the Banqueting House, the last remaining building from the old Palace of Whitehall.
Across the river, County Hall, once the headquarters of the London County Council and then the Greater London Council, no longer echoes to the cries of councilors. Down below, the London Aquarium reveals the secrets of the deep while, above, visitors and business people relax in the comfort of the Marriott Hotel.
A few yards downstream see the Millennium Wheel, better known as the London Eye. In a 25 minute ride it offers spectacular views across London and far beyond.
Through the Jubilee and Hungerford foot bridges and Charing Cross railway bridge, the Royal Festival Hall recalls the post-war days when the river carried some 6million people to celebrate the Festival of Britain at this very site. Beyond Waterloo Bridge comes Somerset House, the grand building on the north bank that was once the home of various government departments and is now a vibrant arts, heritage and entertainment center.
Beyond Blackfriars, look up the steps on the north bank for a view of St. Paul's Cathedral as you pass beneath the new Millennium Footbridge, which provides a pedestrian link with Bankside, part of the South Bank regeneration development. Among the attractions in this area are the Tate Modern art gallery and Sam Wannamaker's re-creation of Shakespeare's Globe theatre, the first building with a thatched roof to have been built in London since the great fire of 1666.
The South Bank here is the heart of historic Southwark, famed for its riverside pubs and the smallest of the capital's three cathedrals. Through London Bridge a thrilling vista unfolds: the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the retired battle-cruiser HMS Belfast.
On into Docklands: historic Wapping and Limehouse to the north, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe to the south. Many of the old docks have disappeared while those that remain now play host to yachtsmen, weekend sailors and narrowboats.
Approaching Canary Wharf ,the new commercial face of Docklands is revealed. Canary Wharf and its neighboring developments are bringing thousands of new jobs to the area. Along the river banks new residential, commercial and leisure developments continue apace.
The National Maritime Museum, with its new Neptune Court and galleries, offers a fascinating and entertaining visit for all the family. These, together with the historic clipper ship Cutty Sark, the Old Royal Observatory, Queen's House, Fan Museum, traditional covered market and many more attractions form the World Heritage Site of Greenwich.
If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee.
If you cancel within 2 day(s) of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
Reviewed by: Donald W S, December 2016
We really enjoyed our trip. The Tower of London was very interesting, and the trip up the Thames was excellent, with the commentary on the history of the sights and buildings along the river. Great day.
Reviewed by: Hilary C, December 2016