We’ve all been on an open top bus tour. You buy your ticket, sit on the hard plastic seat and listen to the barely-audible tour guide talk as you are whisked around all the biggest attractions. That’s fine for some, but there are other ways to see the sights of London.
London Duck Tours offers a unique experience unlike any sightseeing trip you have ever been apart of before. No, this is not a chance to take in some of the best duck ponds in the city; it’s something far better than that.
The difference between Duck Tours and every other tourist guide of the city is that it combines land and water travel to glorious effect – that’s right, it’s amphibious. Basically, you get the best of both worlds: a bus tour and a river cruise all rolled into one action-packed adventure around England’s incredible capital city.
This new, fun way to see London has taken the city by storm because it’s completely different to the other options available. Still not convinced? Well, here is absolutely everything you need to know about the London Duck Tours.
Water? Land? What?
That’s right, this tour takes place in the slate grey waters of the Thames and the terra firma of London’s fine streets, all thanks to the specialised vehicle that the tours use. The “Ducks” are modelled on similar vehicles that were used very successfully in the Second World War. Today, they have been built from scratch, with safety at the forefront of their design.
These unique vehicles meet the standards of both the river and the road, leaving you in very safe hands. Once you have booked your stay at one of the many incredible London Budget Hotels that the city has to offer, get yourself down to the Duck Stop for a great old time.
How much does it cost?
Considering that you are basically getting two tours for the price of one in this experience, ticket costs are very reasonable. All prices are as per the The Classic Sightseeing Tour. Please note that London Duck Tours provides multiple itineraries and the price may change as a result of this.
- Classic Adult ticket – from £24.00
- Classic Child (ages one to seven) – from £16.00
- Classic Child (ages eight to 12) – from £16.00
- Classic Family ticket (A Family ticket is two over 18s and two children/youths or one over 18 and three children/youths, according to the tour’s official website) – from £70.00
- Classic Youth ticket (ages 13 to 17) – from £16.00
- Classic concession ticket (seniors over 60, students with a valid identification document and people with disabilities and carers) – from £20.00
Infants under one year old go for absolutely free.
Getting to the Duck Tours’ HQ
Of course, before you can take part in this wild ride, you’ll need to physically locate the operator’s headquarters. Luckily – thanks to that famous London Underground – this could not be easier.
The tours leave from the hilariously-named Duck Stop which can be found at Chicheley Street, SE1 7PY.
The two main stations in the area are Waterloo Tube Station and Waterloo East train station. The former is served by the Bakerloo, Jubilee, Northern and Waterloo & City lines. You can catch Southeastern trains to the latter.
Buses you can use to get here: 1, 4, 26, 59, 68, 76, 77, 139, 168, 171, 172, 176, 188, 211, 243, 341, 381, 507, 521, RV1 and the X68.
The departure point and the booking office are a stone’s throw away from the London Eye, making it very easy to find.
London Duck Tours offers not one but seven different tours through the fair city’s streets and waterways. While five are only available as private hire options, two are open for general booking. Take a look at the exciting tours available and choose the one that you and your family will enjoy the most.
The best part is obviously the tremendous splash down into the Thames itself, which sees you take in a good bit of the famous waterway.
Classic Sightseeing Tour: This is the one for you if you’re after all the big sights in London. From Westminster and Number 10 Downing Street to Trafalgar Square and Buckingham Palace, this boat-bus ride gives you a glimpse of all the top attractions. The trip lasts for approximately 75 minutes.
James Bond Tour: Explore all things Bond in the 00-agent’s home city. This wonderful trip takes in many sights from the film franchise as well as the very home of Ian Fleming. The tour lasts for approximately 75 minutes and you can start booking tickets from 21st June 2015 – just in time for summer!
Private hire tours
Pirates of Westminster: All aboard the Moby Duck for this swashbuckling treasure hunt through the heart of London. You get to see all the best attractions while solving the mystery of the hidden treasure. This is a great one for those who love pirates and it lasts for three hours.
Code Breaker Challenge – Boffins of Britain: Similar route to the other tours, only this one is filled with headscratchers and tough riddles that even the keenest eggheads will struggle to decipher. A three hour duration.
Pirate Adventure (for children aged 7 and over): Another pirate-themed tour of London, because who doesn’t love pirates? Duration is 75 minutes.
D Day Duck: This is certainly one for the history buffs. An inclusive tour of London will see you visit all the city’s most significant World War II sights and attractions. Learn what the city was like during the Blitz, what Winston Churchill thought about things and delve into the fascinating history of wartime London. The best bit about this tour is that it reveals the key role the Duck vehicle played in the D Day landings – of course, the ones used then weren’t bright yellow.
City Tour: Like the classic tour, this route takes in some of London’s best-loved attractions, but it will be just you and your party enjoying them aboard the trusty Duck. Prepare to see the Tower of London, HMS Belfast, St Paul’s Cathedral, Big Ben and The Houses of Parliament, the London Eye and Lambeth Palace, to name but a few.
You’ll get to know the ins and outs, the rich histories and the fascinating stories behind the buildings that make London so unique and incredible. The tour itself will last 75 minutes.
Please note that all routes and tours are subject to change due to traffic issues such as road closures and weather.
Award winning tourism
London Duck Tours is currently the proud owner of the Certificate of Excellence 2014, which it was awarded by the prestigious online reviewing site TripAdvisor. This is just a testament to how seriously the people that run, organise and operate these tours take it, but to fully appreciate it, you just have to see it all for yourself!. If you need a place to stay during your visit, consider the Shaftesbury hotels.