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Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London

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Overview

Glide by some of London’s must-see landmarks on a sightseeing cruise from Westminster to Greenwich on the Thames River. Step aboard your comfortable cruise boat at Westminster Pier and listen to the entertaining live commentary as you pass sights such as Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge, and the Tower of London. Drink in the views from the open or indoor deck, and at Greenwich, step ashore to visit attractions (own expense) such as the Cutty Sark or National Maritime Museum. Upgrade to include a return cruise back to Westminster.
  • Westminster to Greenwich Thames River sightseeing cruise in London
  • See top London attractions and the city skyline from the water
  • Enjoy great views of Tower Bridge, the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, and more
  • Learn about London’s history and landmarks via the live onboard commentary
  • Upgrade to a return ticket to sail back from Greenwich
  • Choice of several departures times throughout the day
  • Ideal for a family day out and for first-time visitors
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Live commentary on board
Wi-FI audio commentary on your smartphone - English, Spanish, French, Italian, German and Mandarin
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Westminster Pier , Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK

You will find us here: Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, SW1A 2JH. Go directly to boarding points B and C at Westminster Pier and join the queue to board the boat. Please present this voucher to the tour supplier's staff. There is no need to queue at the ticket office.

Greenwich Pier , Greenwich, UK

One-way trip ends at Greenwich Pier, next to the Cutty Sark. Round trip returns back to Westminster Pier. At Greenwich, you do not need to stay on the boat. You may disembark, spend some time looking at local attractions, then re-embark on a later return journey.

Book your required ticket and on the day, board your comfortable cruise boat at Westminster Pier at leisure.

Settle on the open-air or indoor deck as you wish, and then sit back and enjoy the panoramic views of London’s skyline and waterfronts as you cruise eastward to Greenwich.

During your journey, keep your camera ready as you sail past a string of top London attractions, including the Tower of London, Shakespeare’s Globe, and Tower Bridge. Admire the sights and learn their stories and secrets, as well as the history of the Thames River, via the entertaining live onboard commentary.

On arrival at Greenwich, take the opportunity to explore its many attractions (own expense), perhaps visiting the Cutty Sark, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Market, or Royal Greenwich Observatory as you wish; all of them within strolling distance of the pier.

If you’ve booked a return ticket, catch a return cruise boat from Greenwich when your sightseeing is done.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Houses of Parliament
The Houses of Parliament are the home of British democracy. The Elizabeth Tower that houses Big Ben is one of the most famous landmarks in London.
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London Eye
The London Eye is the world’s largest cantilevered observation wheel, offering wonderful views of London during its 30-minute rotation.
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Royal Festival Hall
Built in 1951 for the Festival of Britain, the venue is host to many international concerts. The complex includes restaurants and bars with great views of the river.
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Tate Modern
Housed in the converted Bankside power station, the Tate Modern is a ‘family-friendly’ modern art gallery, with a free permanent collection as well as specialist exhibitions.
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St. Paul's Cathedral
Built by Sir Christopher Wren after the Great Fire of London, St Paul’s is simply awe-inspiring. See amazing views from the dome, but be warned, it’s 530 steps to the top!
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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre
A replica of the original Globe Theatre with daily behind-the-scenes tours, and a summer season of Shakespeare’s plays as Elizabethan audiences would have seen them.
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HMS Belfast
Explore the nine decks of this warship to discover what life was like onboard during the Second World War.
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Tower of London
Explore a thousand years of history. Visit the Bloody Tower, see where royalty lived - and were executed - and marvel at the Crown Jewels.
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Tower Bridge
An excellent example of Victorian engineering at its best. Find out how it works and see the Thames through the glass floors of the walkway in the Tower Bridge Experience.
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Cutty Sark
Visit Cutty Sark in Greenwich for an action-packed day out on one of the world's most famous ships. Meet figures from the ship’s past like Captain Woodget and the ship’s cook and hear their epic stories about life on board the fastest ship of her time. Take the helm at the ship's wheel, visit the crew's quarters, then relax with a coffee and a cake at the ship’s café. Cutty Sark is the world's sole surviving tea clipper and now an award-winning visitor attraction.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Royal Observatory Greenwich
Take a selfie at the historic Prime Meridian where east meets west and take your place at the centre of the world. Whilst you're at the top of the hill at the Royal Observatory be sure to enjoy the views of London and beautiful Greenwich Park, the perfect chance to point out landmarks to your kids. Visit the beautiful Flamsteed House, designed by Sir Christopher Wren and historic home to Britain's Astronomers Royal. Take a fascinating glimpse into the apartments where the Astronomers Royal and their families lived and worked in our new Observatory Life display. On top of Flamsteed House is one of the world’s earliest public time signals, the bright red Time Ball, which has been in operation since 1833. See it drop at 1pm every day!
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Greenwich Park
Overlooking the River Thames and home to one of London’s most iconic views, Greenwich Park is an amazing mix of 17th-century landscape, stunning gardens and a rich history that dates back to Roman times.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
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Old Royal Naval College
The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich is one of the most spectacular and important baroque interiors in Europe.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Greenwich Market
London's only historic market set in a World Heritage Site. Open 7 days a week 10am-5.30pm. Find street food, antiques, fashion, boutique shops and more.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum – the largest of its kind in the world – sets out to illuminate the history of Britain's encounters with the sea.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Toilets available on-board
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Thames River Sightseeing
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Westminster to Greenwich Sightseeing Thames Cruise in London.

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  • "Boats were fast so journey was short as likely possible ." See review
  • "The Thames cruise was nice; although, it was quite chilly it was nice to take in the sights of London by boat." See review
  • "The lovely weather certainly added to my pleasure on the day but even if the weather was not as good, this would be a very good trip to do." See review

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star-5
Easy to book, great crew...
Martin_R
, Aug 2022
Easy to book, great crew and a very good trip. Great scenery and weather was nice and sunny which made the experience more exciting.
star-5
Great day on the river
Karen_P
, Aug 2022
This was an amazing trip. The weather was beautiful which was great. The service and commentary was brilliant. Really made the trip thank you.
star-5
Full of fun and historic facts
Catherine_W
, Aug 2022
I originally thought that the commentary was included as standard but apparently not. On both trips we took the captain said they were there to navigate the boat but were happy to tell us some facts along the way. I have to say both men gave excellent talks and were full of local knowledge and random facts with a speciality on the history of local pubs. Really enjoyed the trip lovely views of best sites in London .
star-5
Absolutely delightful ride! Value for money.
Kannan_A
, Aug 2022
Amazing trip! Worth a money we spent on this one. We never expected this ride to have flexi options to get off at tower of london and return at any time based on our convenience.
star-5
Mrs s khan
Sabah_K
, Aug 2022
This was my first trip in the cruise and it was lovely because my father was with me. We both had a lovely time.
star-5
Boat crew just brilliant
Debra_D
, Aug 2022
Really loved the cruise, along the Thames lovely weather, even catching the sights of a seal along the way really great hosts on the boats going and coming back , really informative I learnt quite a bit about London than I imagined I ever would have thought, I’ve recommended this trip to all my friends and family EXCELLENT, really enjoyed my time in London the guys on board a big thank you.
star-5
Loved the vibe of the...
Sue_P
, Aug 2022
Loved the vibe of the crew when we boarded - friendly and the commentary Was great.. I can’t quite believe of the three friends who had all lived in London non of us had done this trip.. views amazing.. and that’s before you talk about Greenwich…. The view drop the top is superb well worth the small hill. Value for money .
star-5
We are first time boart...
Anjali_S
, Aug 2022
We are first time boart ride it is good We enjoyed maybe again do next year 😅my daughter was loved to rides but we are very happy ❤️ Thank you
star-5
Totally worth it
Orsi
, Aug 2022
We have just decided a day before that it would be great to have a trip to Greenwich not by train and bus, but by boat. So I quickly bought the ticket online in a minute, and then everything was settled. It was totally clear from the description where and when to go. The boat crew was very professional and also funny, they shared a lot of interesting information during the trip.
star-5
Cool
David_H
, Aug 2022
Excellent commentary by the captain and crew, an enjoyable and cool voyage on a very hot day and refreshing on the river.
star-5
thumbs up!
susan_b
, Aug 2022
Entertaining commentaries throughout the cruise and interesting historic information on the life of the Thames
star-4
Awesome
Andrea_B
, Aug 2022
Knowing a lot more about the history of London and the day was extremely beautiful which made the cruise even more enjoyable.
star-4
Good experience
Frederick_O
, Aug 2022
Good knowledge of British history gained during the trip Wonderful sight seeing. Great commentary by the ship crew
star-5
Perfect
Laura_A
, Aug 2022
We loved seeing the sights from the Thames. The man doing the commentary was very good. A great way to see London when your stay is limited. I would definitely do it again!
star-5
Excellent relaxing experience
Simret_K
, Aug 2022
The atmosphere was relaxed and my children absolutely loved every minute of it. We will definitely do it again
star-1
Better prices available at the ticket office
Urszula_W
, Aug 2022
I was refused a student ticket. Better deals available on the spot than throigh the website! lost money by booking through Viator as they did not tell us about student discounts or travel card! shame!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
London History
Debbie_L
, Aug 2022
Loved the commentary and learning about different buildings in London! The staff were very pleasant and the trip was well worth it!
star-3
overcharged and "sells out quickly" is really a hype.
Jeffrey_B
, Aug 2022
Had a wonderful time but, Viator charged well over "walk up" rate, did not offer a senior discount as is available when simply walking up and noted as "this event sells out quickly" simply is not true. Viator has been beneficial in the past but, not for this experience.
star-5
Excellent trip and well worth the money
Rachael_B
, Aug 2022
Talking about all the past history along the Thame was very insightful. Was very good and humour in the commentary.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Fabulous
Andy_S
, Aug 2022
The trip was two hours long and worth every penny. The crew were brilliant. Polite and professional and relaxed at the same time. The ‘ unrehearsed ‘ commentary was very funny yet informative. Highly recommended.

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