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Boat Trip To Greenwich

Planning on a trip to Greenwich to visit the observatory, museums, etc.
Anyone ever take the boat from Westminster Dock for the round-trip to Greenwich?
Wife has difficulty with stairs. Any suggestions?

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I have taken the boat from Westminster Pier and from the Tower of London Pier. There is a discounted rate if you have an Oyster Card. Also some discounts here:
I was there this past August and I am trying to remember if there were any steps to get to the dock. On the boat, I believe it was easy to board. Going upstairs, there are steps.

In Greenwich, no stairs at their dock. If you go to thr Queens House, there was a an elevator to use.
I believe at the Observatory area has a few stairs, but I am also remembering a ramp.

Hope this helped.

Posted by
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We did the boat from the Westminster Pier some years ago so my memory is not acute.

My recollection is that there are wide stairs from the Westminster Bridge street level to the quay level then ramps to the pier. You could correspond with one of the boat service companies about lift access to the quay level.

We rode the boat downstream then walked under the river for our return via Docklands Underground. The tunnel is handicapped accessible with both stairs and lifts at each end:

London disabled resources:

Around a quarter of Tube stations, half of Overground stations, most
piers, all tram stops, the Emirates Air Line and all DLR stations have
step-free access.

Many boats have boarding ramps to give step-free access.
Item 11:

Guide to River Thames boat services A guide to fast and frequent river
services as well as leisure services with maps, timetables, fares
information, places of interest and useful contact details. Available
in large print and audio. You can also download the River Guide (PDF