Turk Launches

**2FOR1 offer valid 30 March – 31 October, not valid July and August**
2FOR1 Admission:
Kingston – Hampton Court 2FOR1 Adult Single £8 2FOR1 Adult Return £10
Kingston – Richmond 2FOR1 Adult Single £9 2FOR1 Adult Return £11
Richmond – Hampton Court 2FOR1 Adult Single £10 2FOR1 Adult Return £12.50
Turk Launches run up to 45 scheduled boat trips daily along the scenic stretch of the river Thames between Richmond, Kingston and Hampton Court. A river cruise is the most relaxing way to view the greenest and prettiest of South West London’s riverside landscape and experience an eclectic mix of British history merged with cosmopolitan riversides.
This scenic boat trip captures Turner’s landscapes, Hampton Court Palace, Dunkirk memorial at Teddington Lock and Eel Pie Island where rock royalty such as the Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart and Eric Clapton recorded and resided.
Sip a chilled drink as you relax on deck. Kids love the adventure, parents love the rest! Take a peek at the most stunning riverside properties. When you step off board, enjoy the best of South West London’s cuisine with its cosmopolitan mix of bars, restaurants and bustling food markets at Kingston, Richmond and Hampton Court.
Turks boats are all stylishly furnished with indoor and outdoor seating, bar and toilets.
Their piers can be found at Kingston, Richmond and Hampton Court, all within an easy 5 – 10 minute walking distance of the train stations.
*Offer not to be used in conjunction with any other offer*

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Kingston to Hampton Court Boat Trip 2015

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How to find us

Our building in Kew is accessible via public transport, car, motorbike or bicycle.

A map of our wider area, showing our transport links.

For our location, see our local map, which also shows accessible routes for disabled people, and a map of the wider area, or visit Streetmap.co.uk for a scalable map.

Our address is: The National Archives, Kew, Richmond, Surrey, TW9 4DU. For sat navs use the postcode TW9 4AD (Bessant Drive).

We are fully accessible to disabled visitors. See more information about access for disabled people.

Public transport

The nearest stations are Kew Gardens, which is served by the District tube line and the London Overground line, and Kew Bridge, served by South West Trains.

Use the Transport for London (if travelling within London) and National Rail websites to plan your journey via public transport.


The R68 bus route (from Hampton Court via Richmond) terminates by the entrance to The National Archives. Other routes stopping nearby include:

  • 65 (Ealing to Kingston via Richmond), alight on Kew Road near Victoria Gate (15-minute walk)
  • 237 (Shepherd’s Bush to Hounslow Heath via Chiswick), alight at Kew Bridge (20-minute walk)
  • 267 (Hammersmith to Fulwell via Brentford), alight at Kew Bridge (20-minute walk)
  • 391 (Fulham to Richmond via Hammersmith), alight at Sandycombe Road near Kew Gardens station (10-minute walk)

Transport for London can help you plan your journey here by bus.


We have introduced charges in our visitor car park from 3 January 2019. Find out more.

The AA journey planner can help you plan your route and check the latest traffic updates.

If you are arriving or departing by car or taxi, please note that our sat nav postcode is TW9 4AD and that access is via Bessant Drive.

We provide limited car parking spaces on a first-come, first-served basis.

We support the London Borough of Richmond’s Idle-free initiative. Please switch off your engine whilst stationary on-site.


Parking time Charge
Up to two hours £2.50
Up to four hours £4.50
Over four hours £7.00

How to use our parking system

  • Enter the car park by approaching the barrier, which will open automatically. Make a note of your registration plate number before leaving your vehicle.
  • After enjoying your visit to The National Archives, go to one of our two pay point machines (located in The National Archives’ foyer), and enter your vehicle registration.
  • The pay machine will calculate your car parking charge based on registration recognition. Payments can be made by either cash or chip and pin/contactless payment (with a credit or debit card).
  • Return to your vehicle and leave the car park via the exit barrier within 20 minutes of payment.

Visitors must pay for parking before leaving the premises.

Opening hours

Parking outside these hours is not permitted, for the security of our site.

The visitor car park hours will be extended to accommodate out-of-hours events.

We also provide free car parking spaces for disabled visitors in designated ‘Blue Badge’ bays.


The National Archives is located next to the Thames Path, part of the National Cycle Network (Route 4). Bicycle sheds are provided, although bicycles are left at your own risk. Bicycles, including folding bicycles, are not permitted inside the building.

Some of the entrances to our site, and some of the paths in our grounds, are for shared pedestrian and cycle use. Please take extra care when cycling around our site.

The London Cycling Campaign can send you bicycle route maps. Get more information on planning your journey by bicycle.


There is a dedicated motorbike parking area in the car park.


Various accommodation options are available in the Kew area.

Hampton Court

What are the benefits of a Crossrail 2 station at Hampton Court?

The South West Main Line is one of the busiest and most congested routes in the country. It already faces capacity constraints and demand for National Rail services into Waterloo (a key gateway to The City) are forecast to increase by up to 40% by 2043. If we don’t act, congestion will get worse and passengers will find it increasingly difficult to board trains at stations along this route during busy periods.

Crossrail 2 will free up space on the railway helping to reduce congestion, and will enable us to run more local services to central London that bypass the most congested stations. Trains will run south west of Wimbledon serving lines to Epsom, Chessington South, Hampton Court and Shepperton.

All stations on the proposed South West branches will benefit from an increased frequency of trains into London. Fast interchange to and from trains at Waterloo will be available at Raynes Park and additional interchanges with London Underground, the Elizabeth line and National Rail services will also be available across central London.

Along the Hampton Court branch, 4 trains per hour will operate in each direction, serving Thames Ditton, Surbiton and Berrylands. Surbiton will also retain both fast and semi-fast trains into London Waterloo. These will operate to current service levels with the potential to increase the frequency due to the congestion relief provided by Crossrail 2.

Current and proposed future peak trains to London, per hour

Station 2015: Current trains to Waterloo 2030: Future total trains to central London Of which will be Crossrail 2 services
Hampton Court 2 4 4
Surbiton 10 12 4
Berrylands 2 4 4

As part of our plans for Crossrail 2, we would improve stations along this section of the route, including doing platform work and installing new lifts or ramps to provide step-free access at all stations.

Benefits to passengers would include:

  • Increased frequency of services from local stations to and from central London
  • Reduced over-crowding along this busy commuter route
  • Improved accessibility with step-free access between the street and platforms at all stations along the route
  • Create local jobs during construction and support apprenticeships and training opportunities

For more information on our proposals for Hampton Court, download the 2015 consultation factsheet.

London Buses route R68 is a Transport for London contracted bus route in London, England. Running between Hampton Court and Kew Retail Park, it is operated by Abellio London.


Route R68 commenced operation on 8 June 1991 between Hampton Court and Richmond Dee Road via Hampton Church – Hampton Hill – Hampton Road – Teddington High Street -Waldegrave Road – Twickenham Junction – Richmond. The route was initially operated by London United from their Fulwell (FW) garage using Plaxton Pointer bodied Dennis Darts. The route was introduced to replace the withdrawn section of route 267 between Fulwell Garage to Hampton Court.

On 9 November 1991, the Richmond terminal changed to Manor Circus.

On 9 May 1992, the Sunday service was extended from Richmond to Kew Gardens Stationn via Kew Road and was diverted between Twickenham and Teddington via Strawberry Vale – Strawberry Vale to Ferry Road.

On 30 June 1996, the Sunday service was diverted at Richmond via Lower Mortlake road instead of Kew Road and the Summer Sunday service was converted to double deck operation using MCW Metrobuses.

On 3 October 1999, the route was withdrawn between Richmond and Kew Gardens Station.

On 24 June 2000, the route passed to Tellings Golden Miller from Fulwell (TF) garage and was converted to low floor operation using Plaxton Pointer 2 bodied Dennis Dart SLFs.

On 26 April 2003, the route was extended from Richmond to Kew Retail Park.

On 3 September 2005, the route was included in the sale of Tellings Golden Miller to Travel London.

On 21 May 2009, the route was included in the sale of Travel London to Abellio London.

On 26 June 2010, the route was retained by Abellio London with brand new Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts introduced.

On 24 June 2017, the route was retained by Abellio London.

In July 2017, the Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 Darts were replaced by brand new Enviro 200 MMC bodied Alexander Dennis E20Ds.

Current Route

Route R68 operates via these primary locations:

  • Hampton Court Station
  • Hampton High Street
  • Teddington High Street
  • Strawberry Vale
  • Twickenham
  • Richmond Station
  • Kew Retail Park

Getting here

You can travel to The National Archives by car, bus, London Underground and overground trains. See where to find us for general information about getting here.

By train (London Underground and overground)

Kew Gardens station (London Underground and overground)

Kew Gardens station is the nearest rail and tube station. It is located approximately 0.5 miles/0.8 kilometres from The National Archives.

Kew Gardens station has ramps from both platforms, but no lifts. There is no step-free interchange between platforms – wheelchair users cannot get from one side to the other. See Kew Gardens’ station access information for more details.

Map of the local area – disabled access routes are highlighted with dotted lines

Our disabled access map shows the route to take to The National Archives from the eastbound platform (see red dotted line) and the westbound platform of Kew Gardens station (see blue dashed line).

You can also get a taxi from Kew Gardens station.

Ask a member of the station staff or go to the station office (eastbound side of Kew Gardens station) for local taxi numbers or for assistance in calling a taxi.

Ask the driver to take you to Bessant Drive (TW9 4AD).

When leaving The National Archives, staff at the welcome desk will be happy to call you a taxi.

Kew Bridge station (National Rail)

Kew Bridge (National Rail) station is approximately 1.4 kilometres from The National Archives. It is not accessible to visitors with wheelchairs. Please see Kew Bridge station access information for more details.

By bus

There is no direct bus service from The National Archives to either Kew Gardens station or Kew Bridge station.

The R68 bus terminates near The National Archives at Kew Retail Park. If you are a wheelchair user travelling from Richmond, we recommend catching the R68 (from just outside Richmond station) instead of travelling by train or tube to Kew Gardens station.

All London buses are now low-floor buses (wheelchair accessible), and have a retractable ramp and room for one wheelchair user.

Further information (for public transport)

For information on accessible tube travel and local buses, please use the advanced search options on the Transport for London Journey Planner. See the National Rail website for more information on accessible rail travel.

By car

If you are driving and using a sat nav to find your way here, you should use the postcode TW9 4AD (Bessant Drive). On arriving at The National Archives from Bessant Drive, follow the sign directing you to the accessible parking bays.

Car parking for disabled visitors

We have a visitor car park which has level access. The route is at least 3200mm wide.

There are a number of free accessible parking bays at the rear entrance of the building (which are approximately 60 metres from the entrance door). The parking bays are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please book a space ahead of your visit by calling or emailing us so we can assist as appropriate.

View of accessible parking bays and rear entrance ramp

If the accessible parking bays are full, the main visitors’ car park is approximately 200 metres from the main entrance to the building. Both front and rear entrances are accessible for people who use wheelchairs.

The nearest drop-off point to The National Archives is at the rear of the building adjacent to the designated accessible parking spaces. On arrival, you will pass through a security barrier, where you will need to inform security staff on the intercom whether you are dropping someone off or parking in one of the bays. Please bring your blue badge.

The car park with blue badge spaces is open from 07:00 to 19:30. The main visitors’ car park is open from 08:30 to 19:30.

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Hampton Court Flower Show: how to get there

Ferry services between the Thames entrance of the show and the park & ride drop off point at Molesey Lock are operated by Parr Boat Hire (£2.50 for a single journey). For more information including departure times visit Parr Boats.

Turks Launches run flower show ferry services on the river from Hampton Court railway station to the Thames Entrance and back (£2.20 for a single journey, £8 for a one week season ticket). Turks also run services from Kingston Bridge (near Kingston Station) to the Thames Entrance and back (£6.10 single, £7.60 return) and from Richmond to the Thames Entrance and back (£8.10 single, £9.60 return).The last boat to Richmond from the Thames Entrance to the show is at 5.45pm each day. For more information, visit Turks

Tube and bus

Visitors are advised to take the District Line to Richmond tube station, then the R68 bus from Richmond to Hampton Court. Buses 411 from Kingston station, 216 from Staines and 111 from Hounslow also stop close to thew showground.

Hedgehogs at Hampton Court Palace Photograph: Christopher Pledger

Driving directions

From Central London, take the A3 and then the A308. From the M25, use junction 11. As you approach to Hampton Court Palace, ignore your satellite navigation systems and follow the temporary road signs and instructions from the police.

The RHS suggests using the park & ride facility for car parking, which is located on the A3050, for visitors arriving from the M25. Parking at the showground is available on the A308 Hampton Court Road.

The Italian Job Show Garden at a previous Hampton Court Palace Flower Show


The park & ride facility, Apps Court Farm (Red car park) is on the A3050, and is ideal for visitors arriving from the M25 (use Junction 11). Frequent courtesy buses run all day between the carpark and Hampton Court station, from where the showground is a 15-minute walk or ferry ride.

For parking at the showground , head to the Stud Gate car park (Black car park) on the A308 Hampton Court Road, and the Hampton Court Green car park (Green car park) opposite Hampton Court Palace.

Car parking prices per day are as follows:

Park & ride facility (Apps Court Farm Red car park): £6

Green car park: £11

Stud Gate Black car park: £11

Disabled parking (Stud Gate Black car park): £6

Horticulturalist at Hampton Court Palace Flower Show Picture: Christopher Pledger


There are bicycle racks available at the Thames Entrance.

Coach parking

The coach park is on Hampton Court Green, opposite the Palace. Coach parking is free of charge. It will take around 20 to 30 minutes to walk to the showground. A mobility bus operates between the coach park on Hampton Green and the showground.


Date: 04 September 2020-06 September 2020

Times: 9:30 to 5pm

Car Information

The first production Jaguar D-Type, one of history’s most prominent race cars, is set to star at the 2019 Concours of Elegance. Chassis XKD 509 is widely known as one of the most original D-Types in the world, with significant road and racing history, and will join the 15th E-Type FHC ever built in a line-up of the world’s rarest and most significant cars.In another Centenary celebration, Concours of Elegance will be marking 100 years of Bentley with a display of the most iconic Bentleys ever built. Among them is the first car to ever win Le Mans back-to-back – Speed Six ‘Old Number One’ – and the car fabled for racing Le Train Bleu across France with Woolf Barnato at the wheel, a Speed Six Gurney Nutting Coupé. The Ecurie Ecosse LM69 will be officially launched at the Concours of Elegance 2019. Fifty years on from the Jaguar XJ13 that inspires it, the spectacular LM69 is to be launched to continue its story. While remaining true in spirit and sympathetic to the style of the fabulous XJ13, its bodywork has been developed into an all-new design that has its own purposeful beauty.


The Concours of Elegance 2020 will take place at Hampton Court Palace, as the UKs leading concours event looks to build on its truly international success. Nominated for the eighth consecutive year for Motoring Event of the Year at the Historic Motoring Awards, this years Concours of Elegance, presented by A. Lange & Sohne attracted more guests, more exhibitors and more astonishing cars than ever before.In partnership with the Concours of Elegance,

Location: Hampton Court Palace

Area: Berkshire

Region: London+South East

Postcode:KT8 9AU

Organiser Information

The cocours will be run as a non profit making event, with any surplus donated to charity.

Contact Name: Jeremy Jackson Sytner

Contact Address: 19 Cavendish Square London W1A 2AW Tel 07802 266799

View Website: http://www.concoursofelegance.com/

Email Address: [email protected]


Standard Admission (£): on sale from March 2019

Admission with classic car (£): See organiser

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Concours of Elegance, Hampton Court, England

The Concours of Elegance will return from 1-3 September with an event that welcomes more exclusive features, a broader selection of the world’s most amazing cars and more action than ever.

The 2017 event will also see a greater selection of more modern ultra-exclusive supercars, as part of a collection curated by motoring expert and founder of the Harry’s Garage YouTube channel and evo magazine, Harry Metcalfe.

At the other end of the automotive spectrum, the Concours of Elegance will also be working with the Royal Automobile Club to create a collection of pre-1905 ‘veteran’ cars. Arriving at Hampton Court Palace over the weekend, visitors will be treated to all the sights and sounds of the very first motoring pioneers.

As ever, the main focus of the Concours of Elegance will be the world-class collection of historic vehicles picked by the Steering Committee to compete in the event’s main concours d’elegance. Spanning from the late 19thCentury to the present day, these unique or extremely rare cars will travel to Hampton Court Palace from all corners of the globe. Details of some of these star cars will be announced over the coming months.

A brand new addition to the Concours of Elegance this year is a revamped Talking Concours stage, featuring a number of parades throughout the weekend. Collections of vehicles will start their engines and drive through the grounds and up onto the stage, allowing visitors to experience more of the sounds and smells of these iconic cars than ever before.

Tickets for the Concours of Elegance will go on sale in March, when further details of the star cars and features will be announced.

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