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Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Hampton Court Palace Richmond

Kew Pier

Please Note: Our sailings from Kew Pier will return on Friday 15th April 2022.

 World-famous Kew Gardens boasts 300 acres of landscapes, glasshouses, historic buildings magnificent vistas, precious specimen trees and rare and beautiful plants. The Royal palace, the Pagoda, and the Royal Kitchens and Queen Charlotte's Cottage are fascinating historical attractions.

Kew village is an eighteenth century English village with a village green, where cricket is still played to this day.
Several traditional pubs and restaurants are available around the green as well as inside Kew gardens.


River Trips from Kew Pier

 Kew to Westminster Service

 Journey Time from Kew Pier to Westminster Pier: Approximately 1-Hour & 30-Minutes Each Way*

The New Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament) M.V Cockney Sparrow passing Barnes Bridge


  Adult Child (5-15) Senior (60+) Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)
Destination Single Return Single Return Single Return Single Return
Westminster £16.50 £24.00 £8.50  £12.00 £13.50 £19.00 £41.50 £60.00

A cruise from Westminster Pier to Kew Pier takes approximately 1-hour, 30-minutes & passes through the City of Westminster & a number of London Boroughs including Chelsea, Wandsworth & Putney before arriving in the upper reaches. The next stage of the journey cruises through Hammersmith, Barnes & Chiswick, following the winding path of the river round islands & stately homes before arriving at Kew Pier. During the cruise we will pass beneath a number of London’s iconic bridges & pass numerous landmarks including Westminster Bridge, the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament), Lambeth Palace, Battersea Power Station, Chelsea Bridge & Albert Bridge.

The cruise takes place on a traditional river Thames passenger boat with indoor & outdoor seating, a fully licensed bar & toilet facilities. A river trip to Kew makes an excellent day out for tourists & locals alike whether you are planning to visit the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, the London Museum of Water & Steam, the National Archives or one of the many pubs & restaurants in & around Kew.

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Kew & Richmond to Hampton Court Service

Journey Time from Richmond to Hampton Court: Approximately 1-Hour & 15-Minutes Each Way



  Adult Child (5-15) Senior (60+) Family (2 Adults & 2 Children)
Destination Single Return Single Return Single Return Single Return
Hampton Court £12.50 £17.00 £6.00 £8.50   £9.50 £14.00   £33.00  £42.50
(Subject to availability)
 £8.50 N/A £5.00  N/A  £7.00 N/A  £22.00 N/A

We offer a direct service between Richmond Landing Stage & Hampton Court Landing Stage. The cruise takes just over an hour & passes through Teddington Lock, historic Kingston upon Thames & Thames Ditton before arriving at Hampton Court. This cruise allows up to 3-hours & 30-minutes ashore at Hampton Court to explore the palace.* parks or enjoy lunch at one of the many riverside pubs & restaurants. *River cruise tickets do not include entry to Hampton Court Palace or gardens.

On select days passengers can also join our morning sailing at Kew Pier & our evening service may continue downriver to Kew Pier. Click Here to check our Latest Sailings page for more information about departures to or from Kew Pier.

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National Rail

Kew Bridge Station (Zone 3): Southwestern Rail Services (20 Minutes to London Waterloo)

London Underground

Kew Gardens Station (Zone 3+4): District Line: 20 Minutes to London Waterloo

London Overground

Kew Gardens Station (Zone 3+4)

Bus Services

Kew Bridge: 65, 391, N65

Cresswell Road: 237, 267, N9


Kew Pier Location

Kew Pier Address: Kew Pier, 1 Kew Road, Richmond, TW9 3A
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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. 


This historic vessel, built by Salter Brothers Oxford in 1911, has plied the river for over a century

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.