Region: Greater London

Disabled Facilities: No

Category: Day Trip Destinations

Address: West Yard, Camden Lock,NW1 8AF, Little Venice (Paddington) W9, London

Contact: 020 748 22550



The London Waterbus Company operates a fleet of traditional narrow boats on the Regent's Canal in north London.  Opened in 1820 for cargo carrying, the waterway forms a green and peaceful route through Regent's Park, London Zoo and the Maida Hill Tunnel under Edgware Road, to the elegant architecture of Little Venice and the lively bustle of Camden Lock Market. 

The industrial history and architecture of the canal can be seen along the way in structures such as the ornate wrought and cast iron bridges, the horse ramps and the marks left by the ropes of the cargo boats.  The passengers get the opportunity to experience travel on a historic ex-cargo carrying boat.

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Why is this venue great for School Trips and Educational Visits?

The trips provides an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge of history, geography, design and technology, engineering and art and allows classroom learning to be seen in practice.  The trip also gives an insight into the fascinating and historic way of life of the canal community and the way our heritage has been adapted to be part of the modern world.

What does a typical school trip or educational visit include?

Trips can be one way (50 mins) to Camden Lock or Little Venice, or return.  We also stop inside  London Zoo at our own canal gate with admission included in the fare.

What size groups do they cater for?

Groups can be up to 60 per boat.

What can they provide you with to support your school trip or educational visit?

A written history information sheet is available on booking and photographs can be taken while travelling.

Can you take photos, video or audio? Are there any copyright restrictions?

Please check with us when booking.

How do you arrange a risk assessment?

Risk Assessments are not required for the trip as it is considered as public transport.  All the boats are approved for passenger carrying and a Passenger Certificate issued by the Maritime and Coastguard Agency is displayed on board.  Passengers will not be undertaking any activities on board and will be supervised at all times. 

What does it cost?

The group rate starts at £5 per child and £6 per adult for a one way (non- Zoo ) fare.

Do you have first aid on site?

Please arrange to bring your own if required.

What facilities do they have for school trips and educational visits?

There are toilets and cafes at both Camden Lock and Little Venice. Refreshments are not sold on board.  Picnic space is also available at both points.

Are there disabled facilities?

We are unable to carry wheelchairs unless they can be folded.  There are 5 steep steps down into the boats.

What are your opening days and hours?

There is a daily, hourly  service April to September and a reduced service October to March.

Little Venice is close to Paddington station and Camden Lock is near to Camden Town.

Is there anything else that you feel is important and want to include in your information?

School groups should book in advance and get our group discount fares.  Booking is simple either by telephone or email and payment can be made on the day or in advance.

Age of Children / Pupils: Pre-school 5 – 7 years 8 – 10 years 11 – 13 years 14 – 16 years College University

Type of Visit: Boat Trips City Tours Green Awareness Outdoor Education Wildlife and Nature

Curriculum Topics Covered: Design and Technology Engineering Environmental Studies Geography History

Months Open: All Year Round January February March April May June July August September October November December

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