Jason’s Original Little Venice Canal Boat Trip
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What you'll do
Jason’s Original Canal Boat Trip takes you down a picturesque stretch of Regent’s Canal between Little Venice and Camden Lock. This is a must-do if you're looking to experience a Little Venice boat trip in the heart of London.
Enjoy access to Jason’s Original Canal Boat Trip with The London Pass®
- Pay nothing at the door
- Travel along historic Regent’s Canal on a 45-minute journey, one-way between Little Venice and Camden Lock or vice versa.
- Listen to the interesting live commentary from an expert guide on the Little Venice to Camden stretch, or enjoy the sounds and sights of the canal on the commentary-free journey from Camden to Little Venice.
- Take in sights of Regent’s Park, the aviary of London Zoo, Browning Pool at Little Venice, the Maida Hill tunnel, and Camden Market.
Jason’s Original Canal Boat Trip is the first Regent’s Canal boat trip, operating since 1951. Jason—the vessel—is an authentic canal boat London has cherished for over 100 years. Now fitted with a diesel engine, he takes you past the picturesque and interesting sights of this historic waterway.
Little Venice Boat Trip Price
The Little Venice boat trip price is included in The London Pass®, so you don't have to worry about any additional costs when you arrive.
The Epic Journey of Jason's Canal Boat: Sailing Through History
Way before the buzz of the London Underground or the roar of double-decker buses, the UK was crafting an ingenious network of canals. Imagine the 18th century—no smartphones, no cars. Just a huge need to get stuff from Point A to Point B. Packhorses? Sure, but they were slow and, honestly, a logistical nightmare. Enter canals—the game-changing expressway of the time.
Fast-forward a bit, and railways started to steal the limelight. Canals took a backseat and many got abandoned. But hey, every hero has a comeback arc. By the mid-1900s, folks began to see canals in a new light—not just as old-school highways but as leisure spots and even trendy homes on water. Cue the restoration and revamp, all while ensuring that the local ducks and fish still had a chill place to hang.
Now, let's zoom in on Regent’s Canal in London. Opened for business in 1816, it snakes its way from the cozy pocket of Little Venice, links up with the Grand Union Canal, and finishes its strut at the Limehouse Basin on the Thames. Covering 8.6 miles of prime London real estate, it's not just a waterway; it’s a floating community. Cafes, joggers, cyclists, and of course, narrowboats, make this canal a go-to spot for a London experience away from the typical tourist traps.
So, where does Jason’s Canal Boat fit into all this? Well, Jason is pretty much the OG (originator) of canal tours. Launching in 1951, this boat's got more than sea legs; it’s got history. Once a hardworking cargo vessel, Jason got a diesel-powered glow-up and transformed into the life of the canal party. Nowadays, Jason’s the go-to guy for an unforgettable tour down Regent's Canal.
Jason’s Original Canal Boat Trip highlights
- Take the 45-minute journey from Little Venice to Camden, or the other way round. It’s up to you.
- See the sights from the comfort of Jason—your craft for the day—a former cargo vessel that worked this stretch of the canal.
- Learn the history of the canal and this part of London Little Venice with live commentary from an expert guide between Little Venice and Camden. If you want to travel without commentary, take the Camden to Little Venice journey instead.
Jason’s Original Canal Boat Trip facts
- There are over 2,200 miles of navigable waterways across the United Kingdom. Better get rowing!
- In England and Wales alone, you’ll find over 1,500 locks, 53 tunnels, 3112 bridges, 370 aqueducts and 74 reservoirs.
- Around 23,000 people still live on the country’s canals. They’re an important part of British society past and present.
Don't Miss the Experience of Little Venice in London
At Little Venice, there are charming narrowboats that are well taken care of along the towpath. You can also find Browning's Pool, which is named after the poet Robert Browning. He is often known as the first person who called the area "Little Venice". (there are disputing theories as well) Interestingly, Browning died in the actual Venice.
Maida Hill Tunnel
An impressive 249m (272 yard) tunnel, built in 1816. Ironically, no one maida hill here, the hill is all-natural. Instead they maida tunnel.
You’ll get superb views of Regent’s Park and the John Nash-designed townhouses that accompany it. London Zoo’s jaunty Snowdon Aviary is another highlight of this stretch.
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Make the most of your London Pass
Save on the cost of this fantastic trip down one of the country’s most storied waterways. Now that you’ve admired it from the water, why not see London Zoo up close during a visit to this leading animal attraction and conservation organisation? Access to London Zoo is included with The London Pass®.
Know before you go
- A one-way tour with Jason’s Original Canal Boat Trip is included with The London Pass®. You can book to go from Little Venice to Camden Lock or vice versa. The London Pass does not include return journeys.
- Pre-booking of Jason’s Original Canal Boat Trip is strongly advised. You can make a reservation request on the official website.
- Please allow 24 hours for a response to booking requests. Bookings will not be accepted after 6PM the day before travel or after 6 pm on Friday for weekend bookings
- The live commentary is only available on the journey from Little Venice to Camden. From Camden to Little Venice, there is no commentary, so please book your chosen leg accordingly.
- Jason’s Original Canal Boat Trip usually operates from the end of March to November each year, departing several times a day from both Little Venice and Camden. For the latest timetable, check here.
Where you'll be
Little Venice, London, GB
Closed – back in spring
Please note: this is a seasonal attraction and runs from March to October.
Friday - Sunday
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