The River’s path provides a unique perspective on British life past and present which you can explore with your canal boat. Magna Carta and the Houses of Parliament, the foundations of democracy, the great royal palaces of the Henry VIII and the House of Tudor with Windsor Castle,Hampton Court Kew palace. You visit and arrive as Kings and Queens have been doing for centuries.
The Thames played key role in fuelling the expansion of the the Canal system in the UK and arguably the early success of the industrial revolution, pre-dating the railways and building on the traditions of trade along the river. The Thames and Severn Canals opened in 1789 linking the Severn to the Thames as a vital trade link. The Oxford Canal extended these connections via the Thames towards Oxford to the industrial heartland of the midlands. The Thames was the vital connection from it’s estuary in the east at Tilbury via the docks in the East end of London, St Katherines, London and the Royal Victoria Dock with the links North, South East and West towards Bristol on the Kennet and Avon.
Today the busy life of the Thames continues Benefiting from an environmental revival and clean-up the Thames is still key to the life of the South of England, steeped in history and the beauty of the countryside that lies between all year round there is something to enjoy in and around this vital artery. Not least of all it shines in the spring and Summer building into a calendar of events including not least Henley Regatta, the prestigious Chelsea Flower and Hampton Court Flower shows, simply the best in the world and you can be there.
Enjoy and explore the Thames, see the sights, enjoy the seasons and all from the unique perspective of your canal boat and floating hotel.