Thames Barrier Cruises

Cruises to the Thames Flood Barrier will operate daily from the 1st April – 27th October 2019. Five sailings will cruise to the barrier each day departing from Westminster Pier, St. Katharine Pier & Greenwich Pier. After departing Greenwich Pier we cruise past the O2, under the Emirates Airline Cable Car & through the Thames Barrier before turning & returning to Greenwich Pier.

The route passes a number of artistic sculptures including Antony Gormley’s Quantum Cloud, Alex Chinneck’s Bullet From A Shooting Star & the Optic Cloak; a flue for the North Greenwich Energy Centre which has been cleverly camouflaged by Conrad Shawcross.

Departures to the Thames Barrier

Daily from the 1st April – 27th October 2019.

 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30

 10:50, 11:50, 12:50, 13:50, 14:50

 11:30, 12:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30

Standard Ticket Prices

To cruise between Westminster Pier, St. Katharine Pier & Greenwich Pier without cruising to the Thames Barrier please click the link below.

Thames River Services operate regular cruises between Westminster Pier, St. Katharine Pier & Greenwich Pier. Between April-October Thames River Services also operate extra services with five sailings continuing downriver to the Thames Flood Barrier each day.

Route

Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College

Old Royal Naval College, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Old Royal Naval College, Royal Borough of Greenwich

The Old Royal Naval College is Sir Christopher Wren’s riverside masterpiece, built in the 17th Century as the Royal Hospital for Seamen the on the site of the Tudor Palace of Placentia. The Old Royal Naval College boasts beautiful surroundings & the Chapel of St Peter & St Paul in Queen Mary Court. The Painted Hall in King William Court is home to the largest painted ceiling in Europe, a masterpiece by Sir James Thornhill depicting over 30 years of English aristocracy & British Naval Power.

The Queens House

The Queens House

aThe Queens House, Royal Borough of Greenwich
aThe Queens House, Royal Borough of Greenwich
The Queens House was the first classical building in England, built by Inigo Jones for Queen Anne of Denmark, wife of King James I. Now over 400 years old the house has been extensively refurbished and is home to an internationally renowned art collection.

Trafalgar Tavern

Trafalgar Tavern

Trafalgar Tavern, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Trafalgar Tavern, Royal Borough of Greenwich

The Trafalgar Tavern was designed by Joseph Kay & built in 1837, the year of the accension of Queen Victoria. The tavern stands on the site of the Old George Inn & is constructed in a Late Regency style with large bay windows, balconies & columns. After serving as a home for seamen & then a working men’s club the tavern was restored in 1965. The Trafalgar Tavern takes its name from the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 & features an extensive collection of maritime paintings. A statue of Vice-Admiral Horatio Nelson was comissioned for the 200th anniversary of the battle & stands watch outside the tavern.

Trinity Hospital

Trinity Hospital

Trinity Hospital, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Trinity Hospital, Royal Borough of Greenwich

The first Trinity Hospital was built in 1613 by the Earl of Northhampton, Henry Howard. The current building dates from 1812, is home to 41 sheltered apartments & is supported by the Worshipful Company of Mercers.

Optic Cloak

Optic Cloak

The Optic Cloak by Conrad Shawcross
The Optic Cloak by Conrad Shawcross

The Optic Cloak, by Conrad Shawcross

West India Dock

West India Dock

West India Dock
West India Dock

Isle of Dogs Pumping Station (Temple of Storms)

Isle of Dogs Pumping Station (Temple of Storms)

Isle of Dogs Pumping Station (Temple of Storms)
Isle of Dogs Pumping Station (Temple of Storms)

A Slice of Reality

A Slice of Reality

A Slice of Reality by Richard Wilson
A Slice of Reality by Richard Wilson

A Slice of Reality, by Richard Wilson

Virginia Quay Settlers Monument

Virginia Quay Settlers Monument

Virginia Quay Settlers Monument
Virginia Quay Settlers Monument

Trinity Buoy Wharf

Trinity Buoy Wharf

Trinity Buoy Wharf
Trinity Buoy Wharf

The O2

The O2

The O2, North Greenwich
The O2, North Greenwich

The O2, designed as the Millennium Dome by Richard Rogers

Quantum Cloud

Quantum Cloud

Quantum Cloud by Sir Antony Gormley
Quantum Cloud by Sir Antony Gormley

Emirates Airline Cable Car

Emirates Airline Cable Car

Emirates Airline Cable Car & North Greenwich Pier | Viscount Cruises
Emirates Airline Cable Car & North Greenwich Pier | Viscount Cruises

The Emirates Airline Cable Car is the first urban cable car in the United Kingdom & was designed by Wilkinson Eyre. The cable car was completed in 2012 at a cost of £60 million. The cable car travels between Greenwich Peninsula on the South of the River Thames & the Royal Docks on the North with a capacity of 2,500 passengers in each direction every hour.

Thames Flood Barrier

Thames Flood Barrier

Thames Flood Barrier, Woolwich Reach
Thames Flood Barrier, Woolwich Reach

The Thames Flood Barrier is one of the largest movable flood defences in the world. Since its completion in 1986 the barrier has been closed 182 times (accurate as of February 2018). 95 of these closures were to protect against tidal flooding & 87 closures were to protect against tidal/fluvial flooding.

Thames Refinery (Tate & Lyle Sugar)

Thames Refinery (Tate & Lyle Sugar)

Thames Refinery (Tate & Lyle Sugar), Silvertown, London
Thames Refinery (Tate & Lyle Sugar), Silvertown, London

Tate & Lyle’s Thames Refinery is the largest sugar refinery in Europe & one of the largest in the world. The refinery was built in 1878 & produces over 500,000 tonnes of sugar every year.