Barging in England
BARGE HOLIDAYS ON THE ROYAL RIVER THAMES
Winding through idyllic countryside, the River Thames encounters adorable villages, English country gardens, riverside pubs, and wildlife – including swans that belong to the Queen! Enjoy it all from the comfort of your British river barge!
Barge trips cruise The River Thames from Hampton Court Palace to Henley-on Thames. Northwest of London, it is a short ride from the city center. As the barge provides chauffeured transfers, it is easy to combine the barge cruise with a few days in London. A great contrast of city and countryside!
Cruise along The River Thames- known for flowing right through London and to such famed cities as Windsor and Oxford. Elegant riverside homes contrast with peaceful villages on this narrow and charming waterway, bisected by locks. The Thames Path is almost always available for walking and biking – and it is easy to get off your barge when it slows down to go through locks or cruise under ancient bridges.
To start with, there is no language barrier. (Well, almost!) Be part of the community everywhere you go, from the pubs to the shops to the museums. This is a route for lovers of British history, culture and royalty – with top sights on offer every day.
Start your British barge holiday with an indulgent Cream Tea in London. Tour Windsor Castle, with incredible public rooms and Queen Mary’s dollhouse. The adorable town of Henley-on-Thames, home of the world famous rowing regatta. Moor right at Hampton Court Palace, the finest Tudor Palace in existence – and walk the maze, too. The village of Cookham. Cruise past the poignant JFK Memorial at Runnymead. Enjoy some pub crawling with your crew. Tour Christ Church, Oxford’s oldest college, and walk in this ancient university town.
The British owned and operated Magna Carta fits perfectly into this ancient landscape – yet is modern and comfortable. Enjoy the scenery from the large decks.