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Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise

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Greater London, United Kingdom

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icon1 day  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Enjoy two classic London experiences with this combined Thames River cruise and Tower of London ticket, all for one great-value price. With your admission ticket, head inside the infamous Tower of London and explore the grounds, towers and Crown Jewels exhibition independently as you uncover the palace-fortress’ blood-soaked, 900-year history. On the same day, take a leisurely sightseeing cruise on the historical Thames. Settle on a comfortable cruise boat and soak up panoramic views of famous sights such as Tower Bridge, Big Ben and the London Eye from the water.
  • Combined ticket to the Tower of London and Thames River sightseeing cruise
  • Tickets to the Tower of London
  • Fabulous Crown Jewels
  • Stunning views of London's riverside sights from the Thames, including the Houses of Parliament, London Eye and South Bank Arts Complex
  • Entertaining and informative live commentary aboard the river cruise
Live commentary on board
Food and drinks
Hotel pick up and drop off

Departure Point

1: City Cruises Westminster Pier, Westminster Pier, Victoria Embankment, London SW1A 2JH, UK
2: City Cruises Greenwich Pier, King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9HT, UK
3: City Cruises Tower Pier, Tower Millennium Pier, Lower Thames St, London EC3N 4DT, UK

Departure Time

5/18/2020 - 3/31/2021
Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 06:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Choose the day you wish to take both tours when you book. Then, on the day, collect your tickets at one of the cruise departure points (not including Waterloo Pier) and make your own way to both the Tower of London and the cruise departure jetty.

Tower of London:
 Show your prebooked ticket at the Tower of London and head inside to explore independently. Founded in the 1080s by William the Conqueror, this medieval walled complex has served as a palace, fortress, armoury and prison, and reverberates with dark secrets.

Stroll around to see highlights such as Traitor’s Gate and Tower Green, the site of many royal executions. See the jet-black ravens and Beefeater guides, and visit the famous Jewel House, home to the Crown Jewels, to see these glittering symbols of British monarchy.

If you wish, join one of the complimentary Beefeater tours that run every 30 minutes from inside the gates. Discover the famous events that took place here, and hear the mysteries that still surround this 900-year-old complex.

Thames River Sightseeing Cruise:
 Make your way to the departure jetty on the Thames, and board your sightseeing boat. Find a spot on the open deck or inside the spacious lower saloon, and settle in for your cruise.

Sail by some of London’s best-known sights, and absorb the wonderful river views. Along the way, listen to the entertaining live commentary from the guide, and if you wish, refuel with sodas, snacks and alcoholic drinks (all at own expense) from the onboard bars.

Cruises depart regularly from Westminster Pier, Waterloo Pier (near the London Eye), Tower Pier and Greenwich Pier. The shortest between-pier trips last around 30 minutes, while a full round-trip takes 2.5 hours.

Itinerary

The journey through history begins at Westminster Pier, in the shadow of Big Ben's tower and just a few steps away from Westminster Abbey, where kings and queens have been crowned for almost 1,000 years. This is also the pier closest to the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms off Whitehall, the center of national government, and the Banqueting House, the last remaining building from the old Palace of Whitehall.

Across the river, County Hall, once the headquarters of the London County Council and then the Greater London Council, no longer echoes to the cries of councilors. Down below, the London Aquarium reveals the secrets of the deep while, above, visitors and business people relax in the comfort of the Marriott Hotel.

A few yards downstream see the Millennium Wheel, better known as the London Eye. In a 25 minute ride it offers spectacular views across London and far beyond.

Through the Jubilee and Hungerford foot bridges and Charing Cross railway bridge, the Royal Festival Hall recalls the post-war days when the river carried some 6million people to celebrate the Festival of Britain at this very site. Beyond Waterloo Bridge comes Somerset House, the grand building on the north bank that was once the home of various government departments and is now a vibrant arts, heritage and entertainment center.

Beyond Blackfriars, look up the steps on the north bank for a view of St. Paul's Cathedral as you pass beneath the new Millennium Footbridge, which provides a pedestrian link with Bankside, part of the South Bank regeneration development. Among the attractions in this area are the Tate Modern art gallery and Sam Wannamaker's re-creation of Shakespeare's Globe theatre, the first building with a thatched roof to have been built in London since the great fire of 1666.

The South Bank here is the heart of historic Southwark, famed for its riverside pubs and the smallest of the capital's three cathedrals. Through London Bridge a thrilling vista unfolds: the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and the retired battle-cruiser HMS Belfast.

On into Docklands: historic Wapping and Limehouse to the north, Bermondsey and Rotherhithe to the south. Many of the old docks have disappeared while those that remain now play host to yachtsmen, weekend sailors and narrowboats.

Approaching Canary Wharf ,the new commercial face of Docklands is revealed. Canary Wharf and its neighboring developments are bringing thousands of new jobs to the area. Along the river banks new residential, commercial and leisure developments continue apace.

The National Maritime Museum, with its new Neptune Court and galleries, offers a fascinating and entertaining visit for all the family. These, together with the historic clipper ship Cutty Sark, the Old Royal Observatory, Queen's House, Fan Museum, traditional covered market and many more attractions form the World Heritage Site of Greenwich.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Tower of London
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
South Bank
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Houses of Parliament
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
City Cruises
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Thames River
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
London Eye
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Bar, cafe and toilets are available onboard the cruise
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Please note: Customers must first collect their attraction vouchers from a City Cruises Pier, which are Westminster, Tower or Greenwich. Customers cannot enter the attraction prior to collecting their entrance tickets from the pier. Attraction tickets cannot be collected from the London Eye Pier.
  • PLEASE NOTE THAT BETWEEN 4TH JULY 2020 - 30TH SEPTEMBER 2020 WE WILL NOT BE OPERATING TO AND FROM GREENWICH PIER
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Guided element only on the sightseeing river cruise
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers
  • OPERATED BY City Cruises

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 200 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Tower of London and Thames River Sightseeing Cruise.

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Enjoyable and informative
Stasia_J
, Mar 2020
This was a great experience, very informative and we learned a lot. The Beefeaters were extremely helpful as were the young men on the boat. The weather was horrendous, continuous rain, which impacted on our enjoyment of the day as we had a toddler with us. All in all I would highly recommend the trip.
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Worthwhile
Dal A
, Aug 2019
Great river cruise, fantastic commentary , worth doing very good , pointed out a lot of stuff along the way
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online convenience but little confusing
beckyv531
, Sep 2018
everything worked out well for our tower of london tix and cruise, however the logistics were a little confusing. After walking up to counter as instructed, it took us three times to get the correct amount of tix for 10 people for both the tower and the cruise. And no one ever mentioned that we had to physically go to another counter to get the actual tower tix. nothing was very far from the tower but it was tedious and time consuming. but the cruise was lovely and we saved the planning everything ahead of time. I would recommend utilizing this package because it was nice to have everything organized beforehand, but please be aware of the additional steps and to count your tickets for everything.
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We found The Tower of London a great...
Ofelia S
, Sep 2017
We found The Tower of London a great experience. The Beefeater guide was very funny and informative. The same goes for the Thames River Cruise. There was no problem getting the tickets. It was easy and all concerned were very helpful. I highly recommend this tour
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A surprise trip for sisters Birthday...
Gweneth G
, Sep 2017
A surprise trip for sisters Birthday and an 8 year old boy, freedom to plan own day, went down to Greenwich, a worthy trip, fun commentary on the boat and just an excellent experience, undoubtedly assisted by the weather being amazing as well.
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This was a GREAT excursion. We had...
Helen B
, Sep 2017
This was a GREAT excursion. We had no idea how cool the Tower of London is! Plan ahead to spend several hours, if not more, once you get into the grounds of the Tower of London. Really, really interesting. We saw the Crown Jewels and took a walking tour once inside. The history is fascinating! The River cruise was really enjoyable. Our tour guide, Dale, was so funny. This was a really good value for our excursion budget and one that stands out as a favorite.
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disappointed that you have to pick...
Marcy S
, Aug 2017
disappointed that you have to pick up the tickets first for the cruise and wait until 0945 when the tower of London opens at 0900
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Really enjoyed both the Tower of...
Brenda P
, Aug 2017
Really enjoyed both the Tower of London and the River Cruise! Not sure that it saved any time getting this package in advance since you have to go get your tickets down at the dock first and then go back and get in the regular line for Tower of London tickets. I didn't double-check the cost-savings of the package either. Taking the River Cruise was especially nice to see several sites in one-shot. Ride down to see Westminster Abbey and Big Ben and walk over to Buckingham Palace and Jewel Tower. Pass by the London Eye and the Shakespeare's Globe Theatre.
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Sightseeing tour was great, however...
Marcella S
, Aug 2017
Sightseeing tour was great, however there is no point in purchasing tickets ahead of time if you had to wait in a 20 minute long line to then convert your barcode to another ticket and the kiosk machine was broke.
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Had wonderful weather and the cruise...
Diana G
, Aug 2017
Had wonderful weather and the cruise was a blast! Good views and picture opportunities everywhere. Tower of London has as much to do or take it easy and only do some of the many venues. Everything is clearly mapped out and there are opportunities to amuse children everywhere.
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