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Important note:London Duck Tours are no longer running tours due to building works at the launch pad in Vauxhall. It is not known when they will start up again
Enjoy an amphibious adventure on land and sea... with London Duck Tours.
The last time we boarded one of these bright yellow boats the guide revealed that they once acted as landing craft in the D-Day invasions, so you'll be sitting inside a genuine piece of military history. (That sounds slightly unbelievable, but we promise that's what he said!) Obviously they must have been re-painted since D-Day -- because they would have been shot to pieces if they'd been painted bright yellow.
The first part of the tour is on land, and will take you from Waterloo to the Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square, down Piccadilly, up to Hyde Park Corner, and then alongside Buckingham Palace. You will then cross over Lambeth Bridge and drive down a slipway next to the MI6 Building. This is where the real fun begins...
Once you're in the water you will motor up to Westminster Bridge for a fantastic view of Big Ben, before returning back to Waterloo. It's this riverside view of Parliament that is the highlight of the tour... but it all ends so quickly. You literally just float from the MI6 Building up to Westminster Bridge, and that's it. Then you turn around again. But it's certainly a thrill when you drive down off the road into the water. Everything in your head is expecting the water to seep through the floor, and it's quite a relief when you start bobbing along the water! If you're travelling with kids then this is the boat tour you want. Forget the sightseeing buses. Forget the normal boats -- get the London Duck Tour instead.
The whole tour lasts around 75 minutes, with the river section lasting approx 30 minutes.
If you're feeling really brave then you might like to travel down the Thames in a speedboat instead. Thames Rockets offer a very fast journey in a very low boat -- it is genuinely quite scary! If you like the idea of a boat ride along the Thames, but you'd prefer a proper boat that has absolutely no chance of sinking (just a joke! we promise you the boats are perfectly safe!), then check out our City Cruises, Thames Clippers and TRS River Cruise pages.
Craig’s review – “Your kid wants to go on a sightseeing boat but you prefer a sightseeing bus, and you end up having a big ding dong argument about it and he stomps off in a huff. Well now you can avoid all of that drama by going on a London Duck Tour instead, because it combines a bus and a boat in one. They were originally built to transfer troops out to the bigger boats on D-Day, a… continued”
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If you enjoy London Duck Tours then you might like to visit City Cruises (you can walk it in 7 mins), Jason’s Trip (catch the train from Waterloo to Warwick Avenue), Thames Rockets (you can walk it in 4 mins), Thames Clippers (you can walk it in 4 mins) and TRS river cruise (you can walk it in 7 mins)