Jason’s Trip is a long-established tour company offering boat rides along the charming Regent’s Canal between Little Venice and Camden Lock. Boldly billing itself as the “original canal boat trip,” Jason’s Trip consists of a 45-minute, one-way journey during which you’ll learn all about London’s historic canal system as you pass by or through surrounding landmarks like Maida Hill Tunnel, Primrose Hill, Regent’s Park, and the London Zoo. Jason’s Trip operates its tours between the months of April and November.
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It may come as a surprise to many, but the “Jason” in Jason’s Trip doesn’t refer to a grizzled sailor or experienced tour guide but rather a boat. That’s right, Jason is the name of the 120-year-old narrowboat in which you’ll be riding during your canal trip. This storied vessel dates back to the early days of the twentieth century, when the canal was still used for transporting local cargo. Jason transitioned to passenger service in 1951, when he was outfitted with a diesel engine and became the star of the Jason’s Trip team.
Regent’s Canal was completed over 200 years ago to facilitate increased barge traffic and commercial shipping in north-central London. Today, though, it’s long since been transformed into a pleasant recreational area lined by affluent residential neighborhoods and beautiful pathways. Highlights of a ride along this historic waterway include terrific views of Little Venice, where the poet Robert Browning once lived; postcard-worthy Primrose Hill; much-loved Regent’s Park and its neighboring London Zoo; and a ride through Maida Hill Tunnel, a 200-year-old engineering marvel.
Jason’s Trip doesn’t require reservations, but they’re always a good idea; you can simply book your spot online at the company’s official website and then pay via credit card, debit card, cash, or participating London tourist pass when board the boat. If you don’t make a reservation, you’ll want to arrive one half-hour before Jason is scheduled to depart Little Venice, or 15 minutes before it shoves off from Camden. The majority of visitors opt to ride Jason from Little Venice to Camden. Jason’s Trip operates in all types of weather; never fear, there are parts of the vessel that are covered where you can avoid getting wet during inclement conditions.
Getting the Most Out of Your Jason’s Trip Experience
Going for a boat ride down the Regent’s Canal with Jason’s Trip can make for an unforgettable memory. Keep reading for more information that’ll help you get the most out of your Jason’s Trip tour experience.
*Visitors interested in enjoying the Jason’s Trip guided narration down Regent’s Canal will want to be sure and go on the Little Venice to Camden leg of the journey. That’s because the return trip from Camden to Little Venice doesn’t provide any sort of commentary at all.
*All Jason’s Trip boat rides are subject to change, schedule-wise. However, as a general rule, the vessel typically departs Little Venice three times a day: 10:30am, 12:30pm, and 2:30pm. On Saturdays and Sundays from June through August you can also catch the tour at 4:30pm.
*Dogs are permitted on Jason; the boat also has space for baby strollers, too, so long as they can be collapsed and carried onboard. Be advised that the boat does not have restroom facilities.
*Visitors with a special interest in or passion for the Regent’s Canal and the history of London’s many other elaborate canal systems will want to make plans to visit the London Canal Museum. This small, educational museum is located about two miles southeast of Camden Lock, very close to King’s Cross station.
Why Choose Jason’s Trip?
With nearly 75 years of service, Jason’s Trip is a renowned tour company that has this particular jaunt down to a science—which means when you opt for this canal trip, you can rest assured knowing you’ll be in the hands of well-regarded professionals who know how to treat visitors from all over the world. If you’ve already had the opportunity to explore some of London’s big-ticket destinations and you’re now in the market for a truly distinctive London experience, going for a boat ride along historic Regent’s Canal could make for an unforgettable time.