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Easter Holidays 2019

There’s just a few weeks until Easter & we’ve listed some of our top picks for family days out on the River Thames. All of the attractions below are a short walk from one of our piers making it easy to travel between the different options.

From the 1st April Thames River Services will be operating the Low Summer Timetable with departures every 30-minutes. Cruises through the Thames barrier will also be available five times each day.

Easter Events & Attractions

1. Visit Parliament

New Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament)


Known as the ‘Houses of Parliament’, the new palace was built between 1840-1870 after the original palace was damaged during a fire. The palace is the home of UK Parliament & the iconic Elizabeth Tower (known as Big Ben).

Explore the New Palace with an audio tour & discover the rich history of the home of UK Parliament.

After the tour you can indulge in afternoon tea in a room with a River Thames view.

2. Easter Architour at St. Katharine Docks

St. Katharine Docks


The annual St. Katharine Dock Easter Egg Hunt returns this Easter but with an architectural twist. The Easter Architour takes place in the historic docks & explores the engineering & architectural history of the dock area. The tour takes place around the docks historic warehouses including Ivory House, Commodity Quay, the Coronarium & Marble Quay.

Distance à pied  0 Min / 0 Feet from St. Katharine Pier.

 11:00-16:00, 19th April – 22nd April 2019

3. Tower of London

Tower of London


Visit the Tower of London & marvel at over 1000 years of history. View the Crown Jewels, hear stories from the guardians of the Tower the Yeoman Warders & see the armour of Kings Henry VIII, Charles I & James II.

Travel back in time to 1671 & join an interactive story telling of Colonel Blood’s attempt to steal the Crown Jewels. Expect hands on activities & immersive story telling in Historic Royal Palaces latest Family Trail at the Tower of London.

4. Easter On-Board Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark, Royal Borough of Greenwich | Viscount Cruises


Cutty Sark have a range of Easter activies throughout April including storytelling & character performances. Children can learn how to send a coded message using code flags & can design their own flag in the family workshop ‘Fly The Flag’.

5. Mask Making at Greenwich Park

Greenwich Park, Royal Borough of Greenwich | Viscount Cruises


On Sunday 14th April you can keep your tounger children entertained at a mask making & arts & crafts day in Greenwich Park. The mask making will take place in a tent next to the bandstand.

Thames River Services, Easter Weekend Timetable

(Operating 1st April-28th October 2019)

On Good Friday (19th April), Easter Sunday (21st April) & Easter Monday (22nd April) Thames River Services will be operating an extra departure from Greenwich Pier to St. Katharine Pier & Westminster at 16:45. This will be in addition to the usual departures at 16:00, 16:30 & 17:00.


Westminster Pier is located on the North shore of the River Thames in the City of Westminster. The pier is a short walk from the Palace of Westminster (Houses of Parliament), Westminster Abbey & St. Margaret’s Church (A UNESCO World Heritage Site). Numerous museums & landmarks are within walking distance of Westminster Pier including the Banqueting House, Household Cavalry Museum, the National Gallery & the London Eye.

St. Katharine Dock was constructed by Thomas Telford & opened in 1828. The docks became popular with expensive cargo’s from around the world including ivory, shells, sugar, marble, wines, fragrant spices & perfumes. Today St. Katharine’s is a haven for yachts & historic vessels including traditional Thames sailing barges. A wide range of cafes, bars & restaurants are located at St. Katharine’s & regular food markets also take place throughout the week.

Greenwich Pier is located on the South shore of the River Thames in Maritime Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The pier sits between the famous tea clipper Cutty Sark & Sir Christopher Wren’s Riverside Masterpiece, the Old Royal Naval College. Today the Royal Borough of Greenwich is an eclectic mix of historical & modern buildings. Greenwich town centre is home to a collection of museums, pubs, restaurants, markets & shops.

A visit to London isn’t complete without a cruise on the River Thames. Thames River Sightseeing operate regular services from five piers on the River Thames including Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier et la jetée de Greenwich. Thames River Sightseeing opère 361 jours par an avec une flotte de navires tout temps avec des ponts ouverts spacieux parfaits pour les mois d'été et des salons chauffés avec des fenêtres panoramiques pour les mois les plus froids. Les navires vont des bateaux à passagers plus traditionnels sur la Tamise (London Rose) à des navires plus modernes spécialement construits pour la Tamise (Thomas Doggett).

Passengers can embark at Westminster Pier, Embankment Pier, Festival Pier, Bankside Pier or Greenwich & take advantage of a range of ticketing options. Single tickets are suited for day trippers or passengers travelling in or out of London & return tickets allow passengers to disembark & explore before joining a return sailing later the same day. A 2 Day River Pass is the perfect option for anyone visiting London over multiple days. A River Pass allows unlimited travel on our services for just £21.00 per adult, a family River Pass is just £42.00 (pour 2 Adultes + 3 Enfants).

Thames River Sightseeing propose également d'excellents tarifs de groupe et des réductions, parfaits pour les familles, les voyagistes ou les professionnels du voyage. Des toilettes et un guide audio multilingue sont disponibles sur toutes les traversées. L'audioguide multilingue est un commentaire informatif disponible via notre Wi-Fi à bord en anglais, français, allemand, italien, espagnol ou mandarin (L'appareil intelligent et les écouteurs ne sont pas fournis, en savoir plus).