Turk Launches

Turk Launches, Kingston upon Thames: Hours, Address, Turk Launches Reviews: 4.5/5

Turk Launches
4.5
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Popular mentions

4.5
232 reviews
Excellent
141
Very good
64
Average
16
Poor
7
Terrible
4

glutton4nourishment
London, UK173 contributions
Idyllic way to get from A to B, or just to enjoy
Aug 2021
We needed to get from Richmond to Kingston on a day when the trains weren't running. So we thought: Why get a rail replacement bus when you can get a rail replacement river cruise? We did not regret it.

Instead of getting stuck in road traffic you sail gently along the Thames past Petersham Meadows, Eel Pie Island, then you have the fun of Teddington Lock (small children LOVE this), and finally dock where you would have been, only having loved the journey rather than tolerating it.

People normally do this cruise for pleasure - I would recommend it for practical travel as well. And unlike rail replacement bus services, it has a bar.
Written August 29, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Stellina_and_Sole
Greater London, UK199 contributions
Great trip
Jul 2021 • Couples
We took the first boat to Richmond this morning. The weather was just perfect and the views - as always - idyllic. Highly recommend. We will come back!
Written July 9, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Sue H
St Austell, UK46 contributions
Beautiful river trip
Jul 2021
Sat out front on this gorgeous looking paddle steamer in the glorious sunshine watching all that is happening on this lovely part of the Thames . Stunning trip ,stunning photos and lovely memories. We travelled from Kingston to Hampton Court and can highly recommend it . Staff were very helpful and cheerful
Written July 3, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

tiffenaaay
Brighton5 contributions
A lovely experience
Oct 2020 • Friends
We were three friends reuniting after Covid restrictions. We took the 5pm boat, and it was wonderful. Gerry and Alex offered us a choice of routes, we received a wonderful service at the bar and felt very Covid safe. You guys absolutely made our day. Thank you so much. Would 100% recommend and will definitely be back.
Written October 3, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

balloo_ka27
Bristol61 contributions
Great Paddlesteamer trip from St Helena Pier Richmond
Aug 2020 • Couples
Had a pleasant 45 minute round trip from Richmond toward Teddington Lock. Reasonably priced bar on the boat.Friendly staff.Could have done with commentary for those who are not local of what we were seeing. Cost was £6 concession,£8 normal fare. You need to book in advance at the moment.
Written August 31, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

HurricaneLondon
London, Europe58 contributions
Mellow Travellers Afloat
Aug 2020
We had a perfect trip, we six overworked, stressed journalists. Getting out on the river for fresh air, scenery - and yes, a glass of wine, recharged our batteries.
There are other boat companies, of course, and all sorts of craft have been taking to the Thames, especially in our 'lockdown' era.
But this lot are the only ones I truly trust, and we always enjoy being on a Turks boat. The crew are perfectly trained, genuinely welcoming. They're efficient and they're good fun. What more could you want?
The virtual newsroom of the Morning Star newspaper was a happier, more relaxed place, thanks to this little trip. The editor missed it - and wants to know when the next one is....................
Written August 31, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Paul Holford
9 contributions
Pleasant jaunt along the river
Aug 2020 • Couples
Had a pleasant 45 minute round trip from Kingston toward Hampton Court. Reasonably priced bar on the boat.Friendly staff.When the pandemic is over will look to doing a longer trip.Cost was £6 concession,£8 normal fare.
Written August 9, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

H W
2 contributions
It was lovely, will be doing it again soon!
Jul 2020 • Family
Kids loved it. It was perfect! Friendly staff, beautiful sunny day & lovely scenery. Will be doing it again soon!
Written August 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

sharnz1
London, UK146 contributions
Perfect venue to celebrate 30th birthday
Nov 2019 • Friends
Private hired and celebrated my 30th birthday on a boat with Turk launches. Had an amazing evening and the DJ catered for the groups needs.

Drinks abroad are very reasonably priced and plenty of space for our 80 guests with seating downstairs, seating upstairs and a dance floor. Staff members helped us board safely especially with the prams and elderly family members.

I have rated 4 stars but only because I had no involvement with the booking process or costs, so cannot comment on that aspect.

Would definitely recommend!
Written November 10, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

holidayhoney65
Chessington, UK427 contributions
Lazy trip down the river
Sep 2019
My mum loves a boat trip, so one sunny September morning we headed on down to the town end pier with Toby the dog and took the boat down to Hampton Court and back. We love this stretch of the river as you get to see the beautiful homes on the island in Thames Ditton and we always pick one we'd like to live in and dream a little. We tend to stay on the boat and do the round trip which takes around an hour. The staff are always friendly and very welcoming. A nice way to while away a bit of time on a sunny day.
Written November 2, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 230
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing