Richmond Bridge Boat Hire

Traditional Thames Rowing Skiffs for Hire

Enjoy a unique family day out on the river, messing about in boats with friends, or see the romantic side of the sunlit Thames...

Hourly Hire

The idyllic peace of the River Thames is closer than you think! Rowing skiffs for hourly hire to carry 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8 persons are available throughout the season (March-October) on a first-come, first-served basis.

Boats may also be reserved on request, including larger vessels to hold up to 12 persons. All boats are supplied with lifejackets if requested (compulsory for children).


Times, Tides and Seasons

Your safety is our No.1 priority. Boat hire is operated from Richmond Bridge from March - October (inclusive), subject to weather conditions and the Boatmaster's discretion.

The times of slack, ebb, and flood tides are also significant. These change daily, though most days there will be at least a 5-hour window of navigable tide.

To check, feel free to call ahead on 020 8948 8270

Tide tables are also published by the Port of London Authority (PLA) for: Apr-June July-Sept Oct-Dec



Boats are hired by the hour (whole hours only) for 1, 2, 4, 6 or 8 persons. Rates are:

  • 1 person - £call
  • 2 person - £call
  • 4 person - £call
  • 6 person - £call
  • 8 person - £call


Partner Services

Through our parent operation, Richmond Bridge Boathouses, we are able to offer a wide range of bespoke boatbuilding and marine services - contact them for details:

  • Bespoke Boatbuilding & Approved Repairs
  • Large Boat Hire (including Weddings & Events)
  • Film & TV Work
  • Heritage Restoration
  • Moorings, Storage and Workshop Hire



Getting Here

The idyllic peace of the River Thames is closer than you think...

Why not stop by to see us at work - on a sunny day or bright winter morning - then round your trip off with a visit to one of the many nearby pubs and restaurants in Historic Richmond!


  • Car: Take the A316 via M3 or South Circular Road (A205), then take the A307 to Richmond centre. Parking is available on Richmond Green or NCP Richmond Station.
  • Rail / Underground: Mainline, suburban and Underground trains to Richmond Station (RMD), a 5-minute walk away.
  • Bus: Richmond Bridge is served by TfL Routes 33, 65, 490, 969, H22, H37, N22, R68, R70, 337, 371, 190.
  • Walking: the Thames Path provides a pleasant graded year-round route for walking or cycling to the Boathouses.
  • Cycling: Bikes are well served with London Cycle Network (LCN+) routes passing outside our door, and served by National Cycle Network (NCN) 4 passing through nearby Richmond Park.


Richmond Bridge Boathouses Ltd.,
Bridge Boathouses,
Richmond upon Thames,
Phone: Luan Queloposhi, 07475 381406
Email: iconwhat3words: silks.hedge.short