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The beautiful canals of England and Wales wind their way through a variety of interesting and distinctive canal boat holidays locations offering you the chance to stop off and investigate further at a mooring of your choice or to simply continue cruising onto the next destination.

River Thames

A canal boat holidays information article.

Marina(s) : Aldermaston Marina | Gayton Marina

Linked to : Kennet & Avon Canal , Regents Canal , Oxford Canal

length: 215 miles

Locks: 45

The River Thames has 38 major tributaries and more than 100 bridges

Starting as a small trickle in the Coltswolds the River Thames meanders its way through the heart of England straight into the heart of London and onto the Thames Estuary.

The River Thames may have derived from the Roman words Tam meaning wide and Isis meaning water. The Romans developed the Port of London around 50AD when they established a settlement there which they named Londinium.

It later became a major trading and ship building area for the Saxons, Normans and Tudors.

River Thames Facts

The Thames is the longest river entirely in England and the second longest in the United Kingdom.

There is a 23 foot difference between low and high tide at London Bridge.

The Thames is tidal from Teddington.

The River Thames runs through 7 counties: Gloucestershire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Surrey, and Greater London.

The River Thames froze from bank to bank in Europe's Little Ice Age from the 16th and mid 19th centuries, frost fairs were held on the river during these cold winters.

Buscot Lock just east of Lechlade is the smallest lock on the river.

The first bridge in the city of London was constructed by the Romans over 2,000 years ago near to where the current London Bridge stands today.

The River Thames is the only river in Europe to have a national trail follow its entire length. The Thames Path National Trail follows the river making it very easy to find and follow.

The oldest Bridge across the Thames in London is London Bridge and the newest bridge across the river is The Millennium Bridge.


Oxford - A city of dreaming spires and world famous for its University

Windsor – Visit Windsor Castle, LEGOland and Eton

Runnymede – Famous for the signing of the Magna Carta

Kingston-on-Thames – Visit Hampton Court Palace

Richmond - London's most attractive borough which has been a favourite retreat of Royalty

Henley-on-Thames – World famous for the annual Regatta

Little Venice - a popular tourist attraction due to the picturesque canals and canal boat cruises


Within the city of London there are many historic and iconic buildings built on and near to the banks of the River Thames.

Whilst in the capital visit the riverside attractions of Westminster Abbey and the Houses of Parliament, St Paul's Cathedral, Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, Tower of London,London Bridge and the Greenwich Naval College.

There are also many modern buildings and constructions built around the River Thames that add to the rich tapestry that the city has to offer and these include Millennium Bridge, Tate modern, London Eye, The Shard, Thames Barrier, Docklands and docklands light railway, Canary Wharf, O2 Centre which was formerly the Millennium Dome and brand new to the skyline of London The 2012 Olympic Games Stadium.

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