Visit the River Thames

If you are planning a river trip, wedding or simply enjoy messing about on the river have a look at some of our partners. If you are looking for a hotel in the Reading or Berkshire area we have negotiated some special Thames Rivercruise rates so please do mention our name to get the best deals.

Visiting the Thames & Reading

Visit Thames – Packed full of ideas of things to do along the Thames from the source in the Cotswolds all the way down to London. See Visit Thames Website

Tourism South East – The Thames Valley has lots of things to do and places to visit, combine a river trip with a day out in the countryside or stop off on the way to Oxford. See the Tourism South East Website

Living Reading – as the biggest town in the country Reading has a lot to offer visitors, the river forms the quieter side but there is active arts, sporting and education sector that bring in visitors from across the UK. If you are visiting for work or pleasure a river trip or private boat charter for client entertainment are great options! See the Living Reading Website

Things to do around the Thames

The Thames Path – if you take one of our hop-on-hop-off services this is the perfect counterpart to explore the beauty of mid and upper Thames. Walk a long stretch, stop for a picnic or use it has a stroll to the pub. The Thames Path is a free and stunning riverside route. Visit the Thames Path website

Henley River and Rowing Museum – If you find yourself in the home of rowing you really must visit the museum, a mixture of history of our home, The Thames, rowing, and arts this well curated and constantly updates museum is well worth a visit. An on-site cafe and conference facilities make the museum a flexible riverside venue and we are able to offer private charter visits from Reading or Sonning to the landing stage just outside the museum. See the River and Rowing Museum Website for more details

Beale Wildlife Park – open from spring to autumn this is a hit with families and younger children. We offer a ferry service to the park from our pier in Caversham, arrive by water before taking a train ride, exploring the gardens and getting close to wild animals. There are various play areas and an onsite cafe. Find out more about Beale Park

Mapledurham House and Mill – for many years we offered a river boat service from Caversham to Mapledurgam House. A step back in time to a village, country house, church and working watermill that time left behind. Mapledurham is undergoing some works at the current time but we are still able to offer private group trips from Caversham to watermill where you can meet the miller, tour the church and see the really unique unspoilet village (as seen in the the film The Eagle Has Landed). For more information about Mapledurham Water Mill click here or to keep up to date with Mapledurham House click here

Basildon Park – a National Trust owned country estate and house that have been saved from near destruction to become a wonderful example. and the epitome of, an English Country Mansion. The 18th-century house is surrounded by 400 acres of parkland. If you are visiting Pangbourne the estate is nearby and well worth a stop. See the Basildon Park website for more information

Stonor – this estate and house have been in the same family for over 800 years, as custodians, they have made the most of a stunning location and backdrop. The house, stables, woods and parkland are open to the public and you can cycle or walk trails. This is a real day out with plenty to see and do for those prepared to burn some calories and explore the grounds. You will rewarded with a cream tea or cake in the pantry, the Stonor cafe. For more information about Stonor house and gardens click here 

Boating Things about the Thames

The river is managed by the Enviroment Agency, they control the flow of the water, maintain law and order and also alert us to any flooding or navigation issues. You can find out more here

We are members of the Passenger Boat Association and British Marine, who between them look after more legal and political issues about passenger boats, promotion of good practice and working together. Click here for more information

Chandlery, if you are looking for chandlery, boat bits, engine spares or sailing clothing have a look at Captain Watts Yacht Supplies, one of the oldest names in chandlery. Click here for Captain Watts