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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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Delightful trip up the Thames

We took a trip which lasted just over an hour from Kingston up to Hampton and back which cost £20 for 2 adults and 1 child. The vessel was nice and clean, pleasant and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Tim R
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Fareham, United Kingdom
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Fareham, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
5 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We took a trip which lasted just over an hour from Kingston up to Hampton and back which cost £20 for 2 adults and 1 child. The vessel was nice and clean, pleasant and professional crew and a really nice way to enjoy the Thames. We parked in john Lewis car park which is right next to where the boat... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

We parked in Kingston and first took the boat to Hampton Court. We hopped off there to explore the gardens and have lunch in the Tiltyard Cafe. Then we took the boat to Kingston, changed vessels and continued on through Teddington Lock to Richmond before returning in the same boat to Kingston. The boats were spotlessly clean having been freshly... More 

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London
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

I am absolutely astonished by some of the negative reviews here and feel a strong need to redress the balance. My partner and I hired the 'Yarmouth Belle' for our 25th anniversary celebration with our families and friends last May - it was indeed a most dream like day that we will savour and remember for years to come, and... More 

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Guildford, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
19 helpful votes 19 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
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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121 reviews 121 reviews
48 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 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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183 reviews 183 reviews
58 attraction reviews
130 helpful votes 130 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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