February Half Term 2019

With dozens of landmarks just a short walk from each pier there’s plenty to do in London during Half Term. Below is a list of some of our top picks for family days out during the February Half Term.

Half Term Attractions

1. Climb Aboard Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark, Royal Borough of Greenwich | Viscount Cruises


Visit the famous Tea Clipper Cutty Sark & meet the crew who sailed her. Discover stories from her sailings & learn about life on-board the fastest tea clipper of her time.

During February Half Term Royal Museums Greenwich are also hosting a number of Engineering & Art themed workshops for families. Activities include winch building & craft making.

Walking Distance  1 Min / 358 Feet from Greenwich Pier.

 18th-23rd February, 11:30-13:30 & 14:00-16:00

2. Explore the 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.

From the 16th – 24th February Knight School is back at the Tower of London. Children between 5-11 years can train to become a Medieval Knight. After training take part in “Defend The Tower”, a mock battle to protect the Tower from an invading army.

3. Meet Veterans of HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast 1938 (C35)


Visit HMS Belfast & explore her 9 decks to discover what life was like at sea on a Royal Navy Cruiser. Visit on Wednesday 20th February to meet veterans & eye witnesses from the ships military campaigns. Stories can include the 2nd World War, Korean War & Falklands War.

4. Spend A Day At County Hall

County Hall


There’s plenty to do at County Hall during Half Term. The Namco Funscape is open from 10:00-00:00 daily with an arcade, bowling dodgems & more. Sea Life London Aquarium is home to over 500 different species of marine life including stingrays, octopus, penguins & sharks. Shrek’s Adventure is a 70-minute walk-through experience featuring Shrek & other DreamWorks characters followed by a 4D Bus Experience.

5. Felt Making at the Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College, Royal Borough of Greenwich


The Old Royal Naval College are hosting a felt-making session inspired by clothing from the Tudor Court. The sessions are free & aimed at children aged 5 & above.

Winter Timetable

(Operating 2nd January-31st March 2019)

 10:20, 11:00, 11:40, 12:20, 13:00, 13:40, 14:20, 15:00, 15:30*

*Does not operate during January & February.

 10:40, 11:20, 12:00, 12:40, 13:20, 14:00, 14:40, 15:20, 15:50*

*Does not operate during January & February.

 11:20, 12:00, 12:40, 13:20, 14:00, 14:40, 15:20, 16:00, 16:30*

*Does not operate during January & February.


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.

Standard Ticket Prices

The 2 Day Riverpass is a hop-on hop-off cruise ticket allowing unlimited travel between 6 River Thames piers for two days. 

Thames River Services have been operating sightseeing tours on London’s River Thames for over 50 years. We cruise between Westminster Pier, St. Katharine Pier (for Tower of London) & Greenwich Pier throughout the year with extra sailings to the Thames Flood Barrier between April – October. The cruises take place on-board a fleet of modern & traditional vessels with indoor & outdoor seating. Departures are every 30-40 minutes