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London Accessible Boat Cruise on the Thames River

London Accessible Boat 13An accessible London boat cruise on the Thames River is one of the most relaxing and unique ways to see the city. Sights include Shakespeare’s Globe, Tower Bridge, the HMS Belfast, and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Wheelchair users can use ramps to get down to the boat dock where there is flat access onto the boat.  London accessible boat cruises are possible within London or can easily be extended to visit the sights at Greenwich.

The London Accessible Boat Cruise on the Thames River includes:

– Wheelchair accessible ramped access to get on the boat
– Accessible restrooms onboard
– Hop on – Hop off anytime you want for the day on any of the 4 docks
– Upper deck un-obstructed accessible viewing
– Live commentary about the sights

Other accessible tours including transportation that you may want to consider are the London accessible bus tour, the 3 hour London private accessible driving tour, and the Highlights of Greenwich Accessible Boat Tour.

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Tour Highlights

– Westminster Bridge
– Millennium Bridge
– London Bridge
– Tower Bridge
– Big Ben
– Parliament
– London Eye
– St. Paul’s
– Shakespeare’s Globe
– HMS Belfast
– St. Paul’s Cathedral
– Tower of London
– Royal National Theatre
– Tate Modern
– Much more!

Accessibility Description

I gave the London Accessible Boat Cruise on the Thames River a 4 Star Sage Accessibility Rating because it has step-free access and an accessible bathroom.  It did not get a higher accessibility rating because of the sloped ramp to get down to the dock (no flat access) and the semi-steep ramp at the boat doorway (no flat access, described below).

To begin your wheelchair accessible London boat cruise, you will come down the ramp shown on the left.  You will then go down a second ramp (shown in the photo on the right).
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The London Accessible Boat Cruise on the Thames River has flat access onto the boat with a VERY small gap (shown in the photo on the left). The biggest accessibility challenge that wheelchair users will encounter is the semi-steep up and down ramp to reach the interior of the boat (shown in the photo on the right).
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The interior of the modern boats is smooth and spacious.  The chairs are fixed to the ground, so wheelchair users will need to pull up to the end of the table.
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From the lower level, you can easily see the sights such as the HMS Belfast (shown on the left) and the Tower Bridge (shown on the right).
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The London accessible boat tour is equipped with a stair-lift for wheelchair users to reach the upper deck.  Although you can see fine from the lower deck, the upper deck has a few extra benefits: you have good views in virtually every direction, you won’t have to worry about window glare present on the lower level, and you can enjoy the weather (if it’s good).
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The modern boats have an accessible toilet shown in the photos below.  The older boats do not have accessible toilets.
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Tour Details

Tour duration: All day access to Hop on and Hop off
Cost: £40 per person – All Day Access to Hop on and Hop off
* £10 off if booked as part of an accessible London travel package  (Note: if your package includes more than 3 tours total, discounts will be applied to maximum 3 of the tours).   
Days of the week the tour is offered: 7 days a week
Meeting time: We suggest sunset if you are touring within London, and we suggest the morning if you are going all the way to Greenwich
Meeting place: Westminster Bridge or Tower of London
Number of people on tour: Up to 12 people
To review our cancellation policy, please click: HERE.
Not included: Snacks/meals and gratuities.

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Read more:

London Accessible Travel – main page
Pros and Cons of London Disabled Access
13 Wheelchair Accessible Travel Tips for London England
9 Keys to Success for London Handicapped Travel
Tower of London Wheelchair Access
London Eye Wheelchair Accessibility
Stonehenge Disabled Access
Travel Insurance for Disabled Travelers
London Accessible Travel Packages
Accessible Walking and Driving Tours in London

Highlights of London Accessible Driving Tour
Classic London Wheelchair Accessible Tour
Royal London Accessible Guided Tour
London Accessible Boat Cruise on the Thames River
Stonehenge & Hampton Court Accessible Driving Tour
Stonehenge & Windsor Castle Accessible Guided Tour
Oxford Accessible Tour from London
Highlights of Greenwich Accessible Tour
London Accessibility Guide by John Sage
London Trip Planning by Sage Traveling
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