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Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival

The Royal Horticultural Societies annual Flower Show at Hampton Court Palace is the largest outdoor festival of flowers in the UK. This landmark event features show gardens, flower marquees, celebrity talks & shopping outlets all within the grounds of Henry VIII’s magnificent Hampton Court Palace.

During the Flower Show we will be operating services calling at Hampton Court. With exclusive use of Hampton Court Landing Stage, we can take you to or from the show entrance providing a picturesque journey which avoids bustling public transport. We can also provide a range of hire options which are perfect for families, groups & corporate events.

All our cruises take place on traditional passenger boats with indoor & outdoor seating & a fully licensed bar.


Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Dates & Opening Hours


Monday 4th July & Tuesday 5th July 2023: Royal Horticultural Society Members Days

Opening Hours: 10:00-18:30 

Thursday 6th July 2023 - Saturday 8th July 2023

Opening Hours: 10:00-18:30

Sunday 9th July 2023

Opening Hours: 10:00-17:30


Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival Timetable

During the Flower Show we will be operating extra sailings between Richmond Landing Stage & Hampton Court Landing Stage. We will be operating sailings at the following times, we may also add additional sailings during the Hampton Court Garden Festival to meet extra demand.

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Please Note: Tickets booked through Thames River Boats do not include entry to the Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. Tickets for the festival must be booked seperately at:

Corporate & Private Hospitality

In addition to our public cruises, we can also provide private charters. A private cruise is the perfect choice for families, groups or corporate clients who are visiting the Flower Show. We can provide transportation to or from the show or a daytime or evening river cruise to complement an event taking place within the palace grounds. All our vessels have an open deck, fully licensed bar, heating & toilet facilities onboard. We can also provide catering options, entertainment & a range of arrival drinks including Champagne & Pimm’s.

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Cockney Sparrow

The Cockney Sparrow was built in 1976 at Eel Pie Island. She is a two level boat with a deceptively large enclosed saloon and an open top deck. 


M.V Connaught was built by Salter Brothers of Oxford in 1911 & has been cruising between Westminster, Kew, Richmond & Hampton Court for over 100 years. Connaught regularly operates on our services & is also available for private charters.

Princess Freda

Princess Freda was built in 1926 by T.C. Letcher on the Isle of Wight, and has been restored to a particularly high standard.