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River Thames Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Cruise & Royal Observatory Ticket

Combine a trip to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich and stand across the world-famous Meridien Line before embarking on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour down the River Thames.

Walk through Greenwich Park to the Royal Observatory where you can stand across the world-famous Meridian Line, with one foot in each hemisphere.

Set in a charming historic building, originally made for the Astronomers Royal, with a modern planetarium alongside, the Greenwich observatory is a great place to discover the stories of space and how we discovered what we know. You'll be able to touch a 4.5 billion year old meteorite, learn how the universe was formed and much more.

Learn about the past, present and future wonders of astronomy, space and stars. Enjoy dramatic views of London across Greenwich Royal Park, views of the City of London and the River Thames.

See more for less with River Red Rover all-day, hop-on, hop-off sightseeing cruise! You'll have the freedom of the river and comfortable passage between our four piers along the River Thames, all in great locations close to top attractions. Whatever the weather, it's a far more enjoyable way to explore London than travelling via the Underground.

Pier Locations:

  • Westminster Pier - is close to Westminster Abbey, the Houses of Parliament (with Big Ben), Horse Guards, Whitehall and the Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms.
  • London Eye Pier - is next to the London Eye, County Hall (with the London Aquarium) and close to the world-renowned South Bank arts complex (including the Royal Festival Hall).
  • Tower Pier - is right next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.
  • Greenwich Pier - provides easy access to the World Heritage Centre of Greenwich, home of the famous tea clipper Cutty Sark which re-opened in April 2012, the Old Royal Naval College, the National Maritime Museum, the Queens House and the Old Royal Observatory.

Cruise Schedule (Subject to change)

Departures from Westminster Pier

  • Westminster Pier to Tower Pier: 1000, 1040, 1120, 1200, 1240, 1320, 1400, 1440, 1520, 1600, 1640, 1720, 1800.
  • Westminster Pier to Greenwich Pier: 1040, 1120, 1200, 1210, 1240, 1320, 1400, 1440, 1520, 1600.

Departures from London Eye Pier

  • London Eye Pier to Tower Pier: 1010, 1050, 1130, 1210, 1250, 1255, 1330, 1410, 1450, 1530, 1610, 1650, 1730, 1810
  • London Eye Pier to Greenwich Pier: 1010, 1050, 1130, 1210, 1250, 1330, 1410, 1450, 1530.

Departures from Tower Pier

  • Tower Pier to Westminster Pier & London Eye Pier: 1000, 1040, 1115, 1155, 1235, 1255, 1315, 1355, 1435, 1515, 1555, 1635, 1715.
  • Tower Pier to Greenwich Pier: 1010, 1050, 1130, 1210, 1250, 1330, 1410, 1450, 1530.

Departures from Greenwich Pier

  • Greenwich to Tower Pier: 1030, 1110, 1150, 1230, 1310, 1350, 1430, 1510, 1550, 1630.
  • Greenwich Pier to Westminster Pier & London Eye Pier: 1030, 1110, 1150, 1230, 1310, 1350, 1430, 1510, 1550, 1630.

Please note: the cruises do not operate on Christmas Day,

All boats on the published schedule above are accessible by wheelchair but please note additional boats put into service during busy times may not be.

Experience Includes

  • Admission ticket for the Royal Observatory, Greenwich
  • 24-hour River Red Rover Hopper Ticket giving you unlimited use of all City Cruises point-to-point sightseeing cruises for duration on your ticket
  • Multi-lingual commentary aboard the cruise boat taking you through 2000 years of London history

Experience Excludes

  • Refreshments

Departs

Daily, year round. Does not operate on December 25th. The The Royal Observatory is closed 24-26 December.

Departure location

Attraction tickets must first be collected from Westminster Pier (SW1A 2JH), Tower Pier (EC3N 4DT) or Greenwich Pier (SE10 9HT).

Start times

Sightseeing cruises depart every 40 minutes from piers at Westminster, London Eye, Tower Pier and Greenwich.

Terms & Conditions

  • All children aged 15 years and below must be accompanied by an adult 18+.
  • You will receive a voucher for this experience. Please read it thoroughly.
  • Please note: You must exchange your voucher from one of the following places: Westminster Pier (SW1A 2JH), Tower Pier (EC3N 4DT) or Greenwich Pier (SE10 9HT). You will not be able to use your tickets without exchanging them first.
  • Please check The Royal Observatory opening times prior to arrival. The Royal Observatory opens daily from 10am – 5pm. Last admission is 4.30pm. Closed 24-26 December.
  • Sightseeing cruise times are subject to change. Please check operating times locally.
  • Your Royal Observatory ticket is valid for one standard admission within 48 hours of your date for the River Thames Hop-on Hop-off Sightseeing Cruise.
  • All boats on the published schedule above are accessible by wheelchair but please note additional boats put into service during busy times may not be.
  • You should arrive at least 30 minutes before the departure time of the sightseeing cruise.
  • Timings are a general guide only and times may vary depending on seasonality and special events.
  • Cancellation Policy: Free cancellations for bookings cancelled with the supplier 72 hours prior to departure. No refunds are given for no shows or cancellations made within 72 hours of departure.