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London skyline along the Thames River (Photo: TTstudio/Shutterstock)

About UK River Cruises

The United Kingdom only has one river open to cruising, the Thames, and even that waterway has few overnight sailings; if you're looking to explore the United Kingdom by water, you are better off taking a British Isles cruise. The line that does offer longer trips starts in Hampden Court and wind through pastoral villages before ending in Oxford.

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    What is the best time to cruise to UK River?

    UK (United Kingdom) river cruises typically run from March through October. Summer months are the busiest with the warmest temperatures, though sunny skies are rarely a guarantee in the UK. For more: Thames River Cruise Tips.

    Which cruise lines go to UK River?

    The Thames is the only river in the UK that is open for cruising and there are very few overnight sailings available. European Waterways is the main operator in the region, though there are many sightseeing day cruises available. For more: 5 Tips for a London River Cruise.

    What are some things to do in UK River?

    A UK river cruise is an excellent way to see some of London's major landmarks like London Bridge, the London Eye and Big Ben without contending with the city's legendary traffic. Some itineraries do include stops or scenic cruising of towns in the English countryside like Surrey and Oxfordshire where passengers can see sights like the original Downton Abbey, ancient castles, unique art galleries and more.

    Do you need a passport to take a cruise to UK River?

    A passport is required to cruise within the United Kingdom.

    What should I pack for a cruise to UK River?

    An umbrella and/or raincoat and wellies are absolute musts on any UK river cruise. During the summer, shorts and t-shirts are appropriate, but a light cardigan or jacket is also highly recommended.


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