River Thames

From the outskirts of Greater London, the River Thames passes Hampton Court, Kingston, Teddington, Twickenham, Richmond (with the famous view of the Thames from Richmond Hill), Syon House and Kew before flowing through central London. Richmond upon Thames is the only London Borough to straddle both sides of the Thames.

Of course that does at times cause problems when the water levels rise.

However, when the River is not quite so high one of the best walks in Richmond upon Thames starts by Richmond Bridge on the town side and meanders down to Teddington Lock. It takes about an hour and you'll pass Ham House and Marble Hill House on the way.

Richmond Boat Hire

hire a boat on River ThamesThe River is such a great asset for Richmond residents and visitors - whether you're rowing a boat on it, eating by it, or running along side it!

There's more info on Richmond boat hire below!


Turks Launches
Town End Pier, 68 High Street, Kingston, KT1 1HN
Turk Launches is a 300 year old river boat company that cruises along one of the most beautiful stretches of the Thames in South West London. Based... (more on Turks Launches)

Thames River Boats
Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London, SW1A 2JH
Although they're based outside of the Borough, Thames River Boats offers cruises along the Thames from Kew to Hampton Court (more on Thames River Boats)

Richmond Bridge Boathouses
1-3 Bridge Boathouses, Richmond, TW9 1TH
Hire a rowing boat for up to seven people on Richmond Riverside (just by the Bridge) (more on Richmond Bridge Boathouses)

Parr Boats
Queens Promenade, Portsmouth Road, Kingston, KT1 2ND
The Parr family has been operating boats on the Thames for several generations. They offer a cruise called the Richmond Circular which is a... (more on Parr Boats)

River Thames Ferries

Hampton Ferry
Thames Street, Hampton, TW12 2EW
Opp Bell Inn, Hampton to Hurst Park (East Molesey). March to October, 116pm at weekends, on demand, 8.00am6pm weekends.... (more on Hampton Ferry)

Hammertons Ferry
Marble Hill Riverside, Twickenham, TW1 3BL
Marble Hill Park to Ham House. 1 Feb31 Oct, MonFri, 10amdusk, SatSunpublic holidays 10amdusk. 1 November31 Jan weekends only,... (more on Hammertons Ferry)

Richmond Bridge

Richmond Bridge was built in 1777 to replace an earlier ferry boat crossing across the Thames.  It was a toll bridge until 1859 and widened in 1937-39.   Did you know that in the 17th and 18th Centuries it was quite normal for the River Thames to freeze over during the winter?The River Thames is 215 miles long and drains a catchment area of 4,994 square miles.

River Thames Boat Project

River Thames The River Thames Boat Project is a registered charity that aims to give people the chance to access the Thames, to discover this fascinating river and learn about its environment.


Useful Links

Tide Tables, from the Port of London Authority

>> British Trust for Conservation Volunteers

>> Teddington Lock information for boat owners

>> Walk along the Richmond River Thames Path

>> The River Thames Guide - from sea to source
>> The Teddington River Festival - boats on display

>> The Swan Sanctuary - if you find an injured swan  

for canoe clubs, sailing clubs and other water-based sports, see our page on other Richmond sports

Have fun on the Richmond River Thames by sailing boat, skiff, rowing boat or just on a cruise.  Thames Riverboat trips in Richmond.

Visit our other pages on local attractions for Kew Gardens, the River Thames, Richmond Park, Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, Historic Houses and the Richmond upon Thames museums.

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