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Topsail Charters - Day Tours
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River Cruises on board historic sailing barges including cream tea cruises, lunch and evening sails, day trips. Finalist in Visit England Best Small Attraction 2015.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Cooks Yard The Hythe | The Hythe Quay, Maldon CM9 5HN, England
+44 1621 857567
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

My husband and I and two friends had an enjoyable day on the Barge Thistle as she followed the Thames Barge race - however as said by another reviewer we did not embark until 7am on the morning of the race instead of the advertised...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Pamela W
Stephanie V, Owner at Topsail Charters - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 24 July 2017

Dear Pamela Thank you for your review and comments and hopefully I can answer your questions. Regarding timing, on the morning Thistle had to let two other barges come out from the pier so she could come alongside to board you safely - the skipper...More

Reviewed 17 July 2017

Just back from a day cruise on Thistle-122 year old Thames Barge. Left from and returned to Tower Pier and Tower Bridge opened for us to go through twice-absolutely superb. We sailed and motored as far as the QE bridge at Dartford going through the...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank DianaC889
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Had a lovely day on the Thames from Gravesend down the river past Southend to watch the Barge races. Cannot fault the service, food was plentiful and good quality. Not much of the trip was under sail and we did not follow the racers far...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank jarbot
Reviewed 12 July 2017

This was a great afternoon, spent on an old Thames sailing barge, traveling down river as far as Osea Island. The also included a substantial Ploughman's lunch and desert which you could eat below, or on deck. There was also a bar on-board serving a...More

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Jimmuswell
Reviewed 11 July 2017

This is the second time I have had the pleasure of taking this lunch time cruise and wont be the last, (visit made 10th July) where can you sail on a 100 year old + Thames barge (we was on the barge Hydrogen) with a...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 20 June 2017

This was a long day. We boarded at 6.30am and disembarked nearly 13 hours later, clearly the tides play a big part. The weather was fabulous but probably too good because it is a long time to sit in the sun. There was very little...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed 12 June 2017

We did a 2 hour trip on a beautiful sunny day and had a lovely time. Seating is a bit uncomfortable but would pick another spot to perch on next time. Would go again.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Jomoco13
Reviewed 23 May 2017

Old Thames wherries that are now based in Malden, Essex, sail down the river and back. The boats are impressive, and we were lucky enough to go out with two together. This gave us something to look at - sitting in the boat means you...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank travellingmary2015
Reviewed 19 May 2017

I have been on two Topsail Charters day tours to date and I am looking forward to my third. The beautifully restored and maintained Thames barges are an absolute delight. I cannot think of anything more enjoyable than listening to the wind filling the sails...More

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank Subshell
Reviewed 17 May 2017

A full twelve hours aboard a beautiful Thames barge, fully catered and staffed by cheerful and incredibly hard working crew, above and below decks. We were well warned about what clothing to wear/bring, but for those of us who underestimated the chill breeze on the...More

Date of experience: April 2017
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David B
25 August 2018|
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Response from Stephanie V | Property representative |
Hello We offer a variety of different cruises from various locations all over the East Coast, so its hard to suggest a price per head. However all the prices and trips are detailed on our Website. Please don't hesitate to... More
19 June 2017|
Response from Stephanie V | Property representative |
Hi there, I'm afraid we don't allow dogs on our public trips, but we do have a phone number for a local professional dog sitter if that is of help. Please e-mail the office if we can be of further help. Regards Steph
14 August 2016|
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Response from Tony S | Reviewed this property |
Nothing at all just turn up and eat lunch