Maritime attractions in London

Visit an historical ship like the Cutty Sark and HMS Belfast, learn about Britain’s naval history at the National Maritime Museum, or take a ferry cruise up the Thames with one of London’s boat companies: City Cruises, London Duck Tours, London RIB Voyage, Thames Clippers and TRS River Cruises.

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Top 10 maritime attractions Maritime museums, ships and tripsChatham Dockyard
HMS Belfast
Thames River Services
Thames Clippers
London Duck Tour
City Cruises
Jason’s Canal Trip
National Maritime Museum
Cutty Sark
Golden Hinde

Recommendations Craig recommends… The Golden Hinde is good for little kids. HMS Belfast is better for adults. Or how about a boat trip up the river to Greenwich?

Bateaux London

Enjoy a three-course meal and listen to live music onboard a posh dinner cruise that takes in the sights between Embankment and Tower Bridge.

Chatham Dockyard

Take a day-trip to the dockyards and board a cold war submarine, a World War II destroyer, a 19th-century sloop, and see inside a Victorian rope factory.

City Cruises

These popular tourist boats run between Westminster Pier (by Big Ben and Parliament) and Greenwich (by the Cutty Sark) via Tower Bridge.

Cutty Sark

The Cutty Sark was one of the fastest clippers of the 1870s, sailing up to 360 miles a day between London and China. Now she’s dry-docked in Greenwich.

Golden Hinde

This is a perfect replica of the Tudor ship in which the Elizabethan pirate Francis Drake made his circumnavigation of the globe between 1577 and 1580.

Greenwich

This World Heritage Site is home to the Royal Observatory, Old Naval College and National Maritime Museum, and the site of Henry VIII’s Tudor Palace.

HMS Belfast

This cruiser saw action during World War II and played a part in the sinking of the battle cruiser Scharnhorst. It’s now a floating museum by Tower Bridge.

Jason’s Canal Trip

These gentle barges will take you past the pretty houseboats in Little Venice, the Snowdon Aviary at London Zoo, to the lock in Camden Town.

Little Venice

This pretty stretch of water at the junction of Regent’s Canal and Grand Union Canal is home to some picturesque houseboats and floating cafes.

London Canal Museum

Discover the history of the Regent’s Canal, and how they used to transport cargos up and down the busy waterways by horse and barge.

London Duck Tours

Have an amphibious adventure aboard one of London Duck Tours’ D-Day landing craft, as it shows you the sights around the streets of London.

National Maritime Museum

The history of the Royal Navy from the Spanish Armada to World War II – including the jacket that Nelson wore at Trafalgar.

Old Royal Naval College

Christopher Wren’s old Seaman’s Hospital was built on the same spot as Greenwich Palace, and has a Painted Hall and Chapel.

Thames Clippers

These boats are like a bus service on water, taking you fifteen miles from Putney in the west all the way through central London to the O2 Arena.

Thames Flood Barrier

The Thames Barrier at Woolwich was built to protect London from flooding, and has a little museum showing you how the technology works.

Thames River Services (TRS)

These sightseeing boats go from Big Ben past the Tower of London and Tower Bridge, all the way to the Cutty Sark at Greenwich.

Thames Rockets

These boats are not for the faint-hearted because they bounce along the choppy Thames at 35mph (but it seems more like 350mph!)
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