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Turk Launches

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Address: Town End Pier, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HN, England
Phone Number: 02085462434
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Description: Turk Launches, a 300 year old company, operates Thames river cruises from...
Turk Launches, a 300 year old company, operates Thames river cruises from April to October between Kingston, Hampton Court and Richmond along one of the most beautiful stretches of the river Thames. The piers are all within walking distance of London bus and rail networks and boat tickets are purchased on board. Advanced booking is available for more than 20 passengers only. All vessels can also be hired for private functions for 20-150 people.
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this was our Xmas company trip. The boat left 30 mins late then within 5 mins the toilets packed up then we travelled for 10 mins and refuelling. Then went up the Thames only to... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed December 19, 2014
stephenmaull
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
4 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 via mobile

this was our Xmas company trip. The boat left 30 mins late then within 5 mins the toilets packed up then we travelled for 10 mins and refuelling. Then went up the Thames only to return back to try and sort the toilet out . We spent more time at the dock side than traveling. Very very poor

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Turk L, General Manager at Turk Launches, responded to this review

Hi Stephen Thank you for your feedback. We would like to address the points you have made - apologies for a late response but the office was closed from the 19th Dec until this week. The boat unfortunately left late as the skipper was waiting for a minibus of passengers. We normally don’t wait for latecomers on public events but... More 

London, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Firstly, I'd like to thank the super Turk's team for all of their help (and patience!) in helping to make what was going to be an average Summer Party something really special. You were recommended to us by one of our colleagues who had had a similar positive experience a few years previously. We were lucky to have amazing weather... More 

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Epsom, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I was so excited to book a party boat with Turks for my 50th Birthday celebrations next year. I was given the address in Kingston where I could view the boats, paid my deposit there and then, arranged my catering with their own people and even had my invitations printed! I was told I could have any date I wanted... More 

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Turk L, General Manager at Turk Launches, responded to this review

Hi Fiona To receive such negative feedback (and such strong words) is obviously of enormous concern to us - we are a long established company that 99% of the time receives excellent feedback for both our tripping and private hire services. But like any business we are human and errors can sometimes be made. At the time of your booking... More 

England, United Kingdom
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35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Every summer I make a point of treating my mum, who lives in walton to a leisurely boat trip from Hampton court to Richmond for lunch, via Turks boats. We love the whole experience, it's a very pleasant way to spend a few hours on the water.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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105 reviews 105 reviews
41 attraction reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We finished our day at Hampton Court Palace with a leisurely trip downriver ( about an hour and a half ) .Plenty to see especially the large collection of houseboats moored along the shore .The approach to Richmond was particularly attractive in the evening sunlight . We much preferred this mode of travel to the bus we had taken on... More 

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Brisbane
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173 reviews 173 reviews
57 attraction reviews
120 helpful votes 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

A helpful Gate Security Guard told us about Turks when we asked were there any canal or narrow boats about in the Hampton Court Thames area. We travelled out by train and an enjoyable bus trip and returning to Kingston by boat in the afternoon was fabulous. We caught the 2 PM and paid at embarkation. Beautiful old vessel and... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

I work as a full time nanny and I love taking the little ones for boat trips with Turk launches! The staff are always helpful with the buggies and friendly towards the children. The route and ride itself is lovely. Obviously there's the nature in and around the Thames but getting a sneaky peek at all the huge houses is... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
10 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

We were staying in Kingston and this was a very pleasant way to get to Hampton Court and back. Reasonably priced. Kept to the timetable and with seating inside or out to suit all weather conditions

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Somerset, UK
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269 reviews 269 reviews
89 attraction reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

If you have time after visiting Hampton Court, a little trip down the river is quite refreshing. After our recent visit to the Palace, we were lucky enough to turn up at the quayside just as a boat was due to go to Kingston. We boarded and spent a very enjoyable hour or so just cruising down to Kingston and... More 

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Woking, United Kingdom
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310 reviews 310 reviews
78 attraction reviews
152 helpful votes 152 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Great river tours going to hampton court or richmond or in some special cases to London. Well worth a relaxing trip.

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