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 Here’s our pick of the best maritime museums, historic ships and boat trips up the Thames that you can visit when you come to London.Chatham 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. How about a boat trip to Greenwich? Or a day trip to Portsmouth to see HMS Victory and the Mary Rose?

Bateaux London

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

Chatham Dockyard

Take a day-trip to Chatham Dockyard 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 and the Tower of London.

Cutty Sark

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


The Pool of London used to be one of the biggest and busiest docks in the world until the 1960s. Now the area is being redeveloped with housing and offices.

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.


This World Heritage Site is home to the Royal Observatory, Old Royal Naval College and National Maritime Museum, and the site of Henry VIII’s old 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 is now a floating museum by Tower Bridge.

Jason’s Canal Trip

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

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 onboard one of London Duck Tours’ original D-Day landing craft, as it drives around the streets of London and shows you the sights.

National Maritime Museum

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

Old Royal Naval College

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

Thames Clippers

These boats are like a bus service on water, and can carry you fifteen miles from Putney in the west all the way through London to the O2 Arena at North Greenwich.

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, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf, all the way to the Cutty Sark at Greenwich.

Thames Rockets

These boats are not for the faint-hearted because they hurtle and bounce along the choppy Thames at 35mph – although it seems more like 350mph!
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