2/5  River Thames

The scenic Thames’ route from Kingston to Oxford has always been famous for cute villages and cosy English pubs. But these days it’s equally well known for family attractions, theme parks, splendidly adventurous castles, outdoor activity centres and exciting wildlife encounters.

Even Hampton Court, the most beautifully preserved Tudor palace in the land, is designed to delight younger visitors now and Windsor Castle’s another playful royal on-route – if you can tear kids away from LEGOLAND Windsor. White-knuckle thrills and chills are the preserve of Thorpe Park, which is just steps away from Le Boat’s Chertsey marina, or you could spend less and still pump adrenalin at Oxford High Ropes - just as daredevil as it sounds.

But the beauty of a Thames boating holiday is down to quieter moments too. So intersperse the action with lazy afternoons drifting along, lunch in local restaurants, browsing museums and galleries, historic city exploring and peaceful rambles round irresistibly lovely countryside.

The route is very easy, no experience necessary and Le Boat’s Benson (Oxfordshire) and Chertsey (Surrey) bases are both easily reached by train or car.

Find out more about Le Boat family boating holidays on the River Thames

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