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Turk Launches

Address: Town End Pier, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HN, England
Phone Number: 02085462434
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours, Gear rentals
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Owner description: 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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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
18 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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90 reviews 90 reviews
34 attraction reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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Top Contributor
163 reviews 163 reviews
56 attraction reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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50 reviews 50 reviews
10 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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255 reviews 255 reviews
83 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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283 reviews 283 reviews
75 attraction reviews
143 helpful votes 143 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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Worthing, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
26 attraction reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

We took the boat cruise from behind John Lewis at Kingston where we were staying to Richmond. Our hotel (The White Hart) gave us discount vouchers which allowed 2 adults to travel as 2 children on this return trip, saving £2.00 each. We paid £13 return for the both of us. We caught the first boat at 9.45 am from... More

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