London Tilbury Cruises

The port of London Tilbury is the perfect embarkation port for your next spectacular sailing. From delving into the heritage of our home with a cruise around the British Isles to seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland or the Fjords of Norway, a cruise from this convenient port will soon make your cruise dreams a reality.

Cruise destinations from London Tilbury

This smaller port is still big on destinations! Set sail to The Netherlands and Belgium to soak up chilling WW2 history in Amsterdam and feast upon the finest chocolate in Bruges.

Or how about treating yourself to a stroll around some dazzling Christmas markets in Germany? Hamburg is the country’s second largest city and is full of maritime heritage.

Visit Denmark’s legendary Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen, and make your way to the very top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris. And while you’re there, make sure to visit the world’s largest art museum, The Louvre!

If you prefer to stay closer to home, then a cruise around the British Isles could be the answer. Explore the most intriguing isles of Scotland and get a taste of Guinness in idyllic Ireland. You don’t always have to go far to have an amazing adventure!

Cruise lines sailing from London Tilbury

Facilities in the port of London Tilbury

There are basic facilities available in the port itself, such as a refreshment kiosk and restrooms. However if you’re looking for a wider selection of facilities before you board your ship, the port is located right next to a large supermarket – and there’s also the option of the Lakeside Shopping Centre in nearby Thurrock.

Getting to and from the port of London Tilbury

The London Cruise Terminal at Tilbury is perfectly placed for quick and easy access. Being situated just 25 miles east of London means that you can get to the port with ease, especially as it’s within 60 minutes of all the London hub airports via the motorway network.

If you’re heading here by car, the postcode you’ll need to put in your Sat Nav is RM18 7NG. Make sure to set off with plenty of time to allow for traffic depending on the time you’re travelling, just in case. The port is ideally located just seven miles from the M25.

The port of London Tilbury offers secure car parking for passengers in the main port area – make sure to pre-book this in advance. Once you arrive, simply follow the ‘Car Parking with Luggage’ signs, and make sure to clearly display your Car Park Permit before leaving your vehicle. From here, you’ll take a short shuttle bus to the Cruise Terminal.

If you’d rather stay overnight before your cruise, then there are plenty of options to ensure a more leisurely approach. The Park Inn in Thurrock is just five minutes from the port, ideal if you’d prefer not to rush around and get into the cruising spirit a little earlier.

The history of the port of London Tilbury

Tilbury became the only port in the Port of London Authority to serve cruise liners from 1916. Due to the need of expanded facilities, a sizeable new passenger landing stage was constructed in the Thames, with rail connections in May 1930.

The port operated as London’s passenger liner terminal until the 1960s. For a lot of people in this era, London Tilbury became synonymous with a fresh start. The port was a large emigration point for many Brits wanting to go down under to Australia following the second world war.

Seduced by the cheap rate of just £10, over 1.5 million people left the UK for a new life. They even became known as the ‘Ten Pound Poms’!

In 1992, the port became part of the Forth Ports organisation, which is still working hard today to restore the terminal to its full glory. Aside from being able to facilitate cruise ships, it’s also the UK’s main paper importing port.

In 2017, London Tilbury had a total of 64 ship calls – 55 of which were by Cruise and Maritime Voyages! In 2018, there are 71 calls planned. There’s also been over £2 million invested in the port recently to undertake important refurbishments.

Did you know? The port of London Tilbury has even starred in some of your favourite blockbuster movies! It’s hard to tell, but you’ll find that the scenes that start out being filmed in Venice in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, actually end up being substituted for London Tilbury’s docks!

You’ll also catch them in 2007’s hit movie Batman Begins, where they stand in as ‘The Gotham Docks’. Who knew this port moonlighted as a marvellous movie location?!