Waverley Excursions

Destination Guide

WHAT TO SEE & DO ON THE THAMES

CLACTON-ON-SEA Here you will find a traditional seaside resort with seven miles of sandy beaches. It offers visitors plenty of traditional seaside attractions including a vibrant Victorian pier at which the ship calls, beautifully maintained seafront gardens and a good selection of shops.

FLOODLIT TOWER BRIDGE Enjoy a peaceful evening cruise up the ‘Twinkling Thames’ – sail past shimmering Canary Wharf and see floodlit Tower Bridge open for you to sail through. Enjoy a meal in the restaurant or relax with a drink in the warmth of the period lounges as you watch the world slip by.

PSPS EVENING CRUISE – Paddle Steamer Preservation Society public fundraising evening cruise. Cruise along the ‘Twinkling Thames’ – sail past shimmering Canary Wharf and see floodlit Tower Bridge open for you.

RIVER THAMES & SAIL THROUGH TOWER BRIDGE There is no finer cruise on the Thames than this! Pass through the Thames Flood Barrier, see the Dome, the historic waterfront at Greenwich, and the dramatic buildings at Canary Wharf culminating in the spectacle of the bridge, built in 1894, opening especially for you. This is a trip you will always remember. Enjoy the informative and fascinating commentary that tells stories of the heritage of London’s river (commentary on selected trips only).

TOWER BRIDGE & THAMES HIGHLIGHTS One Way trips – ideal for children – packed with interest & excitement. See Tower Bridge open & sail down the Thames see Greenwich Waterfront, Canary Wharf and the Dome before disembarking at Gravesend. On Fridays September 25 & October 9 join Waverley at Gravesend and sail up the Thames to London. There are good transport links back to your departure point.

SHOWBOAT Step aboard and let the band entertain you on one of our famous Evening Showboat cruises. Cruise along the ‘Twinkling Thames’ – sail past shimmering Canary Wharf and see floodlit Tower Bridge open for you. Lounge bars and restaurant are open all evening – make it a party – there are discounts for groups.

SOUTHEND is a traditional seaside resort and home to the UK’s longest Pier! It boasts a vast array of traditional seaside fun in the form of Adventure Island amusement park, the famous Kursaal, the Pier Museum, the Sealife centre and a large range of shops. It’s a great day out for kids or those wishing to revisit their childhood haunt.

HISTORIC THAMES FORTS were built in the estuary during the second World War to protect London and coastal areas from air attack. On the cruise you will be able to see two excellent examples remaining, Red Sands and Shivering Sands.

WHITSTABLE famous for oysters, is a thriving and cosmopolitan seaside town. It offers a range of interesting galleries and shops as well as numerous cafés and restaurants. No trip to Whitstable would be complete without a visit to its atmospheric old harbour with its charming seafood stalls where you can stock up on all sorts of delicacies to take home.

CRUISE RIVER BLACKWATER This cruise covers an area with small historic towns, churches and many points of historic interest amidst a largely unspoilt landscape. It is a cruise that takes you up one of the little known and very quiet rivers of Essex and is a perfect way of enjoying a relaxing afternoon. You are sure to spot a wide variety of birds from the decks of the ship.

CRUISE RIVER MEDWAY The Medway is a river alive with history. At the mouth of the River is the busy port at Sheerness. Cruise towards the Historic Dockyard at Chatham.