Royal Swan Upping

Royal Swan upping

Swan Upping is the annual census of the swan population on stretches of the Thames in the counties of Middlesex, Surrey, Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. This historic ceremony dates from the twelfth century, when the Crown claimed ownership of all mute swans.

Royal Swan upping

The Queen’s Swan Marker and the accompanying Swan Uppers of the Vintners’ and Dyers’ Livery Companies use six traditional Thames rowing skiffs in their five-day journey upstream to Abingdon. By tradition, scarlet uniforms are worn by The Queen’s Swan Marker and Swan Uppers, and each boat flies the appropriate flag and pennant.

Swan upping takes place during the third week in July and the observation points and times will be published as soon as they become available.

Guide Prices
Ticket Type Ticket Tariff
Free admission Free
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

Opening Times
Monday: Sunbury to Romney Lock – 15 July 2019
Tuesday: Eton Bridge to Marlow Lock – 16 July 2019
Wednesday: Marlow Bridge to Sonning Bridge – 17 July 2019
Thursday: Sonning-on-Thames to Moulsford – 18 July 2019
Friday: Moulsford to Abingdon Bridge – 19 July 2019


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