These were Viking themed row boats designed to look like mini Viking longboats.


Then – Next to the Viking longboat, off the old beach area, on Manor Lake.

Now – Tidal Wave now stands in this area.

Official Thorpe Park Description:

From the 1997 Thorpe Park website “Rowing boats with a difference! Our Mini - Viking long boats with dragon heads are always popular, especially when you want to rest your legs... not your arms!”

The Attraction:

These 20 specially designed Viking style row boats sat up to four people and everybody would be supplied with life jackets/buoyancy aids. Because of the safety procedures involved it could take quite some time to get people on and off the boats. Despite this they were very popular especially in the early years when they were added to the lake.

The boats were removed at the end of the 1998 season so the area could be filled in for the construction of Tidal Wave.

Memories of Viking Rowers:



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Facts & Trivia:

The boats were designed and built by Metro Leisure.
The boats were 14ft long.
A replica of one of the boats can be seen on Chief Ranger’s Carousel in Rangers County.

Related Links:
Viking Rowers (1992 - 1998)

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Taken from the 1994 park map, supplied by trainsandstuff.

The Viking Longboat with the Viking Rowers behind, taken

in 1993 supplied by Philip Hutchinson (October 1993)

The Viking Rower replica on Chief Ranger’s Carousel. Taken in 2009.

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