Winter on the River Thames
Enjoy the River Thames in Winter
It may be Winter but there is still plenty to see and do along the River Thames and plenty of riverside pubs and restaurants to warm up or stay dry in.
The Thames Path can be an amazing place to walk along during the winter months, with many interesting things to see like the influx of migratory wading birds, but please do be aware of your surroundings, dress for the weather, and keep an eye out for flooding. Check out Winter Updates on Path conditions.
6 Things to do in Winter along the River Thames
Take a walk along the Thames Path National Trail
Make the most of the spectacular scenery along the River Thames this winter with a waterside walk and a warming drink in a cosy pub along the way. There’s Five Winter Walks to choose from: Gleaming Spires, Brunel’s Bridge, Scenic Valley, Through the Gap or Rural Rambling.
Visit a garden and enjoy the winter walkways
Enjoy a breath of fresh air and explore the walkways of stunning gardens such as Cliveden National Trust or Savill Garden near Windsor. Visit Cliveden in February when the first snowdrops appear. Entry to Savill Garden is free during December to February, so make the most of it and take a crisp walk through Winter Beds and enjoy the bright colours and glorious scent.
Take to the water with a boat cruise
French Brothers will run weekends only in January (dependent on river conditions) and restart their daily 40 minute trips from Windsor 13th February with unique views of Windsor Castle as well as Eton College. Or City Cruises is the No.1 sightseeing tour on the Thames in London with cruises departing every 30 minutes, every day of the week, all year round from pier locations at Westminster, London Eye, Tower of London and Greenwich. Thames River Services operates daily from Westminster to Greenwich every 20 mins between October and April.
Escape the rain
Winter can bring more rainy days, a great opportunity to visit an exhibition:
River & Rowing Museum - New John Piper Gallery opens from 14th December
John Piper was one of the most popular, prolific and versatile British artists of the 20th century. He spent most of his working life living in Fawley, just outside Henley on Thames.
This new exhibition examines the diversity of Piper’s career from Modernism to Romanticism. Piper’s extraordinary diversity of work covered painting, collage, drawing, stained glass, ceramics, tapestry, set design and textiles. The exhibition features unseen work from private collections from around the country, as well as a continually evolving display of loans from galleries such as the Tate, V&A and the Arts Council.
Or join a tour at Oxford Castle Unlocked open daily (except 24-26th Dec) with costumed character guides who reveal their fascinating stories entrenched in the building’s 1,000 year history. Descend deep underground into the dark atmosphere of the 900 year old crypt.
Take a guided walking tour
Take advantage of a winter break offer
Take a boating holiday in 2017, choose from self-drive cruisers to luxury hotel boats.
Explore the beautiful, relaxing and inspiring
Fun on the River Thames doesn't always have to cost you. There are plenty of free ways to have a cheap day out with the kids on the River Thames. Take a stroll, get on your bike, catch a fish or play Pooh Sticks...
Don’t forget there are endless ideas for adventure on the river. Check out our ideas for Great Family Days Out. The simplest way to explore the river is a rowing boat For a rainy day visit one of the Thames Valley Museums.
There really is so much to do on the river and nearby, that a day is not long enough. There are plenty of family-friendly places to stay nearby or on the river. Make your base at one of our family friendly hotels and you can discover history or enjoy a spot of camping...