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THORPE PARK Resort: Entrance Ticket

1. THORPE PARK Resort: Entrance Ticket

With over 30 thrilling rides, attractions and live events, Thorpe Park Resort is an island like no other and the UK’s must-visit destination to share endless fun with family and friends. Crafted by the master of mind control Derren Brown, this one-of-a-kind 13-minute experience promises to blow your mind by fusing five multi-sensory experiences of grand illusion, live-action, next-generation technology, 4D special effects, and physical transit. Then fly into ANGRY BIRDS LAND, home to the world’s first ANGRY BIRDS 4D experience, where the feathered flock roost on the 100ft rapid drop tower ride Detonator, while Red Bird and the Bad Piggies go bump to bump on a classic dodgems attraction. Enjoy world-class rides such as the UK’s first winged rollercoaster THE SWARM, Stealth, one of Europe’s fastest and tallest roller coasters, and the 100ft ‘beyond vertical’ drop of the movie-themed coaster SAW-The Ride. PLUS five water rides including the super-soaking Tidal Wave, Storm Surge, and Logger’s Leap guarantee the thrills and fun. Alternatively, visit the park during Halloween and book tickets and passes for the ultimate theme park Halloween event by choosing the FRIGHT NIGHTS Special Option. Every FRIGHT NIGHTS day ticket includes the chance to enjoy 7 scare mazes and attractions.

Windsor and Eton's Royal History: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

2. Windsor and Eton's Royal History: A Self-Guided Audio Tour

Go at your own pace on this self-guided walking audio tour through Windsor and Eton, with a focus on the area’s rich royal history. Along the way, you’ll marvel at Windsor Castle, cross Windsor Bridge, and see Eton College, among many more landmarks. You don't need to enter the castle on the tour, and this tour doesn't include entrance tickets to the castle. There is an optional stop if you are there during opening hours, but the whole tour can be completed without entering the castle. The route begins at Windsor Royal Station and starts off by leading you past historic pubs, houses, and streets – including Windsor’s most elegant street, and the shortest street in Great Britain.  When you reach Windsor Castle, you’ll learn about the rich history of the building, built by William the Conqueror and inhabited by every monarch since then. The castle has been expanded over the centuries to become the impressive structure it is today.  Next, continue towards Eton, crossing over Windsor bridge and passing monuments like the Theatre Royal and the George V Memorial. You’ll then amble down Eton High Street, ending the tour at Eton College to learn about the school where no less than 20 of the UK's Prime Ministers have been educated. The audio commentary uses GPS technology and will stop and start according to your live location. That means you can take the tour at your leisure, and focus on your surroundings while you learn about the royal history of the area. 

London: Richmond to Hampton Court River Thames Cruise

3. London: Richmond to Hampton Court River Thames Cruise

Reach Hampton Court in comfort with this direct ferry service from Richmond. Buy a drink from the bar to enjoy as you sail, take in the scenic views, and see Teddington Lock. Board your cruise in Richmond and head down the beautiful River Thames. As you sail, enjoy views of Teddington Lock and Kingston upon Thames. Purchase a drink to sip on as you take in the views from the boat. After arriving in Hampton Court, explore the palace and parks or enjoy lunch at one of the many riverside pubs or restaurants.

London: Hampton Court to Richmond River Thames Cruise

4. London: Hampton Court to Richmond River Thames Cruise

Boat tour from Hampton Court to Richmond passing through Teddington Lock & historic Kingston upon Thames.From Hampton Court Pier, a few steps from Cardinal Wolesey's Tudor palace, built in 1515 and presented to King Henry VIII in 1529, the cruise passes along the quiet stretch of the river with its abundant and varied wildlife, passing grand riverside houses with their ornate boathouses through Teddington lock to Richmond Pier. At Richmond you can enjoy many Riverside bars and Restaurants or visit nearby Richmond Deer Park, Ham House, or Turners House.

London: GoBoat Rental in Kingston upon Thames

5. London: GoBoat Rental in Kingston upon Thames

GoBoat is the fun, self-drive boating experience. You are the captain; you choose the route. From our location in Kingston, GoBoats have access to a stunning non-tidal section of London's River Thames. Our boats fit up to 8 people including children (dogs are also welcome). No boating experience is necessary, as you’ll be taught everything you need to know. Our friendly crew will welcome you by the kiosk to give you your boating instructions and provide life jackets for babies and buoyancy aids for children. You’ll also be given a route map to help you navigate your way. Set sail on a 1, 2, 3 or 4 hour adventure with friends and family. Bring a picnic, make lasting memories and experience London from a whole new perspective.

Woking: Royal Horticultural Society Wisley Garden Ticket

6. Woking: Royal Horticultural Society Wisley Garden Ticket

Visit the RHS Garden Wisley, one of the UK’s most visited and best-loved gardens with this entry ticket. Explore the historic home of RHS and view a glorious garden of the future at the brand-new planet-friendly research center. Head to the new RHS Hilltop, to uncover The Home of Gardening Science which is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of gardeners.  Come see the vital work being done to help future-proof the planet and learn all about the RHS’ ground-breaking research. Enjoy fruit and veggies of all shapes and sizes in the World Food Garden, sit and reflect in the Wellbeing Garden, or spot insects by the water in the Wildlife Garden. Engage your senses, challenge yourself to race up Battleston Hill, breathe in the heady scents in the Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, or gaze up in wonder in the tropical Glasshouse.

London: Richmond to Kew River Thames Cruise

7. London: Richmond to Kew River Thames Cruise

Board a traditional River Thames passenger boat in Richmond and cruise along the river to Kew. Soak up the scenery from indoor and outdoor seating, and take advantage of a fully licensed bar and restroom facilities on board. Wind along the river, passing by islands and stately homes. Upon arrival, enjoy a variety of opportunities, from a visit to the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew or Hampton Court Palace to a long lunch at one of Kew or Richmond’s many riverside pubs and restaurants.

Walton on Thames: Shepperton River Cruise on the Thames

8. Walton on Thames: Shepperton River Cruise on the Thames

We offer up to a 45-minute boat trip when it comes to our Shepperton Cruise. It’s a circular cruise, departing from Cowey Sale, Walton Bridge and passes through the Desborough Channel to D’Oyly Carte Island and returns via the meandering old river, past Shepperton Manor, picturesque bungalows and gardens. After passing the boarding point, the boat continues through Walton before turning at the Swan Public House for the short return journey. We have a fully licensed bar on board all of our vessels. During the duration of the trip snacks and soft drinks are on board, however we do not serve sandwiches.

Richmond: Group Kayak Experience

9. Richmond: Group Kayak Experience

Your session will start with a safety briefing and some land-based training on the riverbank or our pontoon near Richmond Bridge. This typically takes 15-20 minutes depending on group size. We will introduce you to the kayaking equipment, teach you about safety and navigation on the river, as well as paddle techniques, including how to steer, stop and self-rescue. We will then head out onto the river, either upstream towards Eel Pie Island and Teddington or downstream towards Richmond Lock, Isleworth, Kew Gardens and Chiswick, depending on the tide. The distance actually covered will depend on wind and tide conditions on the day.

Richmond: Paddleboard Experience

10. Richmond: Paddleboard Experience

Your session will start with a safety briefing and some land-based training on the riverbank near Richmond Bridge. This typically takes 15-20 minutes depending on group size. We will then head out onto the river, either upstream towards Eel Pie Island and Teddington or downstream towards Richmond Lock, Isleworth, Kew Gardens and Chiswick, depending on the tide. The distance actually covered will depend on wind and tide conditions on the day. You do not need to be a proficient swimmer, but should be comfortable with falling into water while wearing a buoyancy aid. A certain level of flexibility and ability to get up to standing from kneeling is required for learning to paddleboard.

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based on 184 reviews

Paddle boarding was the most fun I've had in years! The weather was absolutely perfect and I would happily go again, and would even be happy to recommend others to try it too - I've already told my friends and family to give it a go! Peter was a really good teacher, would recommend him to others. He had us standing on the board at the start of the session, with the rest of the session with us up and down the Thames.

The trip was excellent, the weather was great and the staffs were helpful and very knowledgeable. We enjoyed and learnt lots on that journey. We recommend people this time out and we would love to continue taking this trip. Thank you so much again from all of us.

This is a great option for touring the towns of Windsor and Eton at your own pace without having to be in a group. The commentary made it very personal, too!

We really enjoyed our kayaking session with Peter. Many thanks for a wonderful and enjoyable time.

great holiday, I will recommend it to all my friends and I will definitely come back