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Address: Town End Pier, Kingston upon Thames KT1 1HN, England
Phone Number: 442085462434
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9:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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April to October, Turk Launches cruise along the most scenic stretch of the...

April to October, Turk Launches cruise along the most scenic stretch of the River Thames, capturing the history and beauty of Richmond, Kingston and Hampton Court. Their eye-catching fleet of five boats are each stylishly furnished, with a bar, toilet and outside deck. Nearby attractions include Richmond & Kingston Riverside, Strawberry Hill House, Poppy Factory, Teddington Lock and Hampton Court Palace. Many bars and restaurants can be found along the cosmopolitan riversides at Kingston and Richmond. Group bookings of 20 + get a £2 discount against a single or return ticket. Bookings must be made in advance. Private hire of the boats for private parties is available all year round, catering for 20 - 150 people.

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Nice ride from Tower to Greenwich

This was a nice vessel with seating up and down, inside and outside. The narration was good, with a few moments of silence to just enjoy the views. Drinks were available. I would... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
VillageGypsy
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The Villages, Florida
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The Villages, Florida
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111 reviews
52 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a nice vessel with seating up and down, inside and outside. The narration was good, with a few moments of silence to just enjoy the views. Drinks were available. I would like to have seen the Thames Barrier, but didn't know I needed a different ticket.

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Thank VillageGypsy
Verwood, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Although we had a reasonable return journey from Hampton Court to Kingston Bridge, I was very disappointed at being "shoved to the back of the queue" (having sat for 45 mins waiting for the next scheduled launch to Hampton Court) when a coach party of 48 senior citizens arrived and announced they were getting on first as they had already... More 

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Thank K8ty45
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have been on Turks boats several times over the years for both public services and private events. Recently Turks provided The Yarmouth Belle to transport the guests at my son's wedding from the church to the reception venue. Nothing could be faulted - the boat and staff were fantastic and setting up the event with Turk's GM Nick couldn't... More 

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Thank PHILIP E
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Always a pleasure! Nothing better than a trip down the River. From KINGSTON to Hampton or Richmond. Punctual, sensibly priced, polite and helpful staff. A favourite day out.

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Thank Maureen H
London, United Kingdom
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73 reviews
29 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I lovely enjoyable and relaxing trip to either Hampton Court or Richmond on a wonderful boat at a reasonable cost.

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Thank Dr_David_Horgan
Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Desperate to get off this wretched boat! Never agabn. Collecetd cold fish and chips half way through the eveneing's entertainment; not enough seating, inedequate toilet facilities.

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Thank annemariehamzeh
Dumas, Arkansas
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92 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My very first day in England my friend and I went to visit Hampton Court and then later that afternoon we decided to do a river tour. This tour was right by our hotel and seemed like a great thing to do to see more of the area. About halfway through, I went to the wheel house to ask the... More 

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Thank goodgame123
Turk L, General Manager at Turk Launches, responded to this review

Dear reviewer, We appreciate all feedback on our services both good and bad, but were disappointed to receive to your review. We have no wish to enter into a detailed discussion as the incident was resolved at the time. I'm sure you can appreciate we have to be extremely careful with our passenger safety and I hope you understand that... More 

Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great boat, friendly and helpful staff. Very punctual, wonderful way to travel, lots of large windows to look through and admire the scenery.

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Thank llc7peacock
London
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47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chose Turks to visit Hampton Court Flower show from where we were staying in Kingston. Couldn't have picked a better company, their fares were more than reasonable, left and arrived on time and always plenty of staff around to advise. When we left Hampton Court the staff went above and beyond to ensure that an elderly passenger was helped on... More 

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Thank Karen_kmw133
Turk L, General Manager at Turk Launches, responded to this review

Dear Karen, I'm glad you enjoyed your time with us and really glad you got to witness some of our fantastic customer service! We look forward to seeing you on your next visit. Kindest regards, Turks More 

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22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good value and friendly staff, comfortable and clean vessels and in general a very relaxing way to travel

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Thank Lyndanbob

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