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Boating on the River Thames

What better way to escape everyday stress than messing about on a boat on the river? If you have a day, a week or just a few hours, you can unwind and discover the hidden treasures of the River Thames.

Relax and enjoy the river while someone else does the hard work on a boat trip. Or take charge of your own river adventure and hire a boat. Find out more on our boat trips and boat hire pages.

If you're feeling more energetic why not try canoeing, puntingrowing or sailing? If a day’s not enough, why not hire a boat for a week or a few days there’s plenty of choice for a Boating Holiday.

If you already own your own boat or would like to find out more, visit our owning a boat section. The Environment Agency has information on registering a boat, water and boat safety, river closures, restrictions and conditions and a boaters checklist.

You can explore and try a wide variety of boats at the Beale Park Boat & Outdoor Show 2015. Classic boats and modern boats both new and used boats.

Whatever way you decide to explore the river, for all you need to know about boating on the river take a look at our information for boaters or watch the video below.

For those cruising on the River Thames there are many marinas to choose from offering pleasant stays and a range of services.

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Salter Steamers Ltd - Reading

Salter Steamers Ltd - Reading

We are a family firm that has provided first-class hospitality on the Royal River Thames for over 150 years (est. 1858). As one of the longest...