White Funnel Limited
Contact Us News and Blog

Gravesend

Gravesend is a town with a wealth of maritime history including the world’s oldest cast iron pier. Explore some of the historic buildings and Thames shoreline or use your trip on MV Balmoral as starting point for a day further afield in Kent.

View map of the departure point

NB: If marker appears to be in the water, click on 'Earth View', passengers embark from the end of the Pier.

Sailing from: Gravesend Town Pier

Postcode: DA11 0BJ

Access: By road – M25/ A2/ M2 following signs for Gravesend A226.

Car parking: Gravesham Borough Council car parks on West Street and Bank Street [short walk]. St George’s Shopping Centre multi-storey car park on Bath Street [short walk]. Charges apply.

Public transport: Gravesend Railway Station (0.4 miles). Frequent train services to central London and Kent.

Local bus stop: Gravesend, West Street. Please use
http://www.traveline.info/ to plan your journey.

Additional local information: Gravesend Tourist Information Centre. Tel: 01474 337600

    Cruise & explore: Southend
    Join at Gravesend’s cast iron pier to cruise the River Thames before landing at Southend’s famous Pier. Enjoy an ice cream and stroll along the extensive beaches.
    Click to buy tickets
    Day cruise: River Medway Spectacle
    Cruise across the Thames Estuary to Southend before calling at Chatham, on the River Medway. Stay on board for the lunchtime sailing to Queenborough celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Dutch invasion of the River Medway. Over 100 yachts are due to sail into the Medway including some historic vessels.
    Click to buy tickets
    Chatham Outlet Centre [bus transfer]
    Join at Gravesend’s cast iron pier to cruise out into the Thames Estuary, calling at Southend before crossing to sail the River Medway to visit Chatham, hub of the Medway towns with strong maritime and cultural heritage. Please note: There is a shuttle bus connection from the ship to Chatham Outlet centre on arrival & return.
    Click to buy tickets
    Cruise Thames & through Tower Bridge
    Have the iconic and world-famous Tower Bridge lift just for you! Join us at Gravesend to cruise the Thames, passing through the Thames Flood Barrier & into central London. Discover historic city landmarks from the decks of MV Balmoral: great views of The Dome, ‘The Gherkin’, The Shard, St. Paul’s Cathedral & many more. Return to Gravesend on board ship via the same route.
    Click to buy tickets
    Cruise & explore: Southend
    Join at Gravesend’s cast iron pier to cruise the River Thames before landing at Southend’s famous Pier. Enjoy an ice cream and stroll along the extensive beaches.
    Click to buy tickets
    Cruise & explore: Whitstable
    Join at Gravesend to sail across the Thames Estuary, calling at famous Southend Pier before crossing back to Whitstable for short time ashore. Wander around the charming harbour, try the famous oysters or a drink in the renowned pub on the beach! Return on board ship.
    Click to buy tickets
    Cruise Thames & Tower Bridge [coach return]
    Have the iconic and world-famous Tower Bridge lift just for you! Join us at Gravesend to cruise the Thames, passing through the Thames Flood Barrier & into central London. Discover historic city landmarks from the decks of MV Balmoral: great views of The Dome, ‘The Gherkin’, The Shard, St. Paul’s Cathedral & many more. Disembark at London Tower Pier for inclusive coach return to Gravesend.
    Click to buy tickets
    Cruise & explore: Southend
    Join at Gravesend’s cast iron pier to cruise the River Thames before landing at Southend’s famous Pier. Enjoy an ice cream and stroll along the extensive beaches.
    Click to buy tickets
    Cruise Thames Forts
    Join at Gravesend and cruise the Thames out to the unusual looking army forts in the Thames Estuary: Red Sands & Shivering Sands. Learn about their roles during the Second World War as anti-aircraft defences and subsequent history. An amazing photo opportunity!
    Click to buy tickets
    Music Cruise: Thames & Tower Bridge
    Have the iconic and world-famous Tower Bridge lift just for you! Join us at Gravesend to cruise the Thames, passing through the Thames Flood Barrier & into central London. During this evening cruise, a live band will play in the Britannia Lounge. Relax with a drink in the ship's bar or enjoy the view as the sun sets and the scenery shifts slowly past. Return on board ship.
    Click to buy tickets
    Music Cruise: Thames & through Tower Bridge [one way]
    Have the iconic and world-famous Tower Bridge lift just for you! Join us at Gravesend to cruise the Thames, passing through the Thames Flood Barrier & into central London. During this evening cruise, a live band will play in the Britannia Lounge. Relax with a drink in the ship's bar or enjoy the view as the sun sets and the scenery shifts slowly past.

    Please note: This is a one-way trip. Passengers disembark at London Tower Pier and make their own way home. This trip is available returning both ways on the ship. Please click here to view this option.

    Click to buy tickets
    Cruise & explore: North Greenwich
    Join at Gravesend to cruise the Thames, passing through the Thames Flood Barrier to call at North Greenwich for 2.5 hours ashore. Return on board ship.
    Click to buy tickets
    Cruise Thames & through Tower Bridge
    Have the iconic and world-famous Tower Bridge lift just for you! Join us at Gravesend to cruise the Thames, passing through the Thames Flood Barrier & into central London. Discover historic city landmarks from the decks of MV Balmoral: great views of The Dome, ‘The Gherkin’, The Shard, St. Paul’s Cathedral & many more. Return on board ship.
    Click to buy tickets
    Thames Estuary cruise to Southend
    Enjoy a relaxing evening on board with this cruise of the Thames Estuary down to Southend and back. Watch as the scenery shifts slowly past and the sun begins to set or sip a drink from the ship's bar!
    Click to buy tickets
    Cruise & explore: Southend
    Join at Gravesend’s cast iron pier to cruise the River Thames before landing at Southend’s famous Pier. Enjoy an ice cream and stroll along the extensive beaches.
    Click to buy tickets
    Circumnavigate Isle of Sheppey
    Join at Gravesend to sail the Thames to Southend, across the Thames Estuary & into the River Medway to Chatham. Enjoy this rare opportunity to cruise the Isle of Sheppey in its entirety including the Swale channel. Enjoy unique views of the Spit of Grain Tower, expanses of wildlife-rich marshland and the Island towns from the Thames Estuary itself.
    Click to buy tickets