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  • Oxford Experience Cruise

    1. Oxford Experience Cruise

    This 50-minute long river cruise takes you on a fascinating stretch of the Thames River, starting with the University Regatta Course and heading towards the quaint Iffley village. This section of the river – referred to by the locals as the Isis – is one of the liveliest, and paints an accurate picture of the bustling river life. As you make your way down the river, you'll see the ancient Folly Bridge, Christchurch College and Meadows, the university rowing houses, and Iffley Lock. The waterways next to you contain rowers, punt boats, and pleasure cruisers, and are equally interesting to watch. During the cruise, your captain will share some history of the river and gladly answer any questions. Your cruising vessel will be one from a fleet of many Edwardian-style river launches. These boats combine the elegant lines and teak interiors of the early 1900s with environmentally-friendly ze...

    Great trip up and down the river with a guide who had great knowledge of the area. Me and my wife enjoyed it thoroughly.

  • Oxford: Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise

    2. Oxford: Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise

    Traveling down the University Regatta course, the boat passes Christ Church Meadows, the University College Boat Houses, and other landmarks on your way to Iffley lock. This is often a busy and vibrant section of the river where training rowing crews, punts, and pleasure boats jostle for river space in an wonderful display of Oxford at play. Passing through the lock at Iffley is an experience in itself. The river scenery and fascinating buildings combine to form a picture perfect location. Beyond Iffley you will travel in to the tranquil water meadows that surround Oxford and there are abundant opportunities to spot wildlife amongst the green banks and overhanging willows. The boat turns for home at Rose Island, a favourite destination of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell on their river journeys. Aboard the boat an indulgent afternoon tea is provided by the renowned riverside restaurant,...

    Excellent river cruise and a very indulgent afternoon tea. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • Oxford: Highlights River Cruise

    3. Oxford: Highlights River Cruise

    Deciding what to do when you visit Oxford becomes easy with this 30-minute tour of the river sights. You’ll be treated to the University Regatta course and the College boat houses that line this bustling stretch, as well as cruising around ancient Folly Island and past beautiful Christ Church College and Meadows. Your tour is complemented by the skipper’s local knowledge and affords some excellent sightseeing opportunities. The comfortable boats ensures that you cruise in style, offering protection from the elements if needed. Cruises depart from the Folly restaurant and you are welcome to take drinks and snacks from their cafe and bar aboard the vessel.

    Lovely experience. Really friendly guide and learned lots. Wish I had booked a longer cruise. Will do next time and would definitely recommend.

  • Oxford: Scenic Sightseeing Cruise with Gourmet Picnic

    4. Oxford: Scenic Sightseeing Cruise with Gourmet Picnic

    This cruise travels through the city past famous landmarks including Christchurch College and Meadows, the University boathouses and regatta course, the Head of the River and Folly Bridge . From the river passenegers take in a side of Oxford's heritage rarely seen by visitors to the city. Quaint Osney Island, well-loved allotments and gardens and majestic and ancient Port Meadow are off the tourist trail but represent some of Oxford's most beautiful and intriguing scenery. Port Meadow, a vast area of common land, has remained little changed since prehistoric times and supports plants and bird-life in abundance. At the top of Port Meadow is Godstow. Godstow was the ultimate destination of Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll when they followed an identical route to this trip while composing 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. It is also the site of Trout Island, an inspiration for another of ...

    The experience was great. A lovely, calm, pleasant trip and the sunset was outstanding. The stop off was also beautiful. Our guide was also absolutely lovely, can't fault him. Highly recommend.

  • Oxford: Off-The-Beaten-Track River Cruise

    5. Oxford: Off-The-Beaten-Track River Cruise

    Departing Folly Bridge in Oxford city center, the cruise travels upstream passing quaint residential suburbs before reaching Binsey and majestic Port Meadow. These areas of unexpected natural beauty have inspired the work of Oxford's best loved literary icons including Lewis Carroll, C S Lewis, Evelyn Waugh, and Gerard Manly Hopkins. These sights are off the tourist trail but represent some of Oxford's most beautiful and intriguing scenery. Port Meadow, a vast area of common land, has remained little changed since prehistoric times and supports plants and bird life in abundance. At the top of Port Meadow is Godstow. Godstow was the ultimate destination of Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll when they followed an identical route to this trip while composing 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. It is also the site of Trout Island, an inspiration for stories of the land of Narnia. As the boat ...

    This is a great little River cruise to do and Nick (one of the skippers) is so informative and has lots of stories to tell.. The Perch stop off pub is a lovely riverside Pub excellent food and drink. I would thoroughly recommend this River Cruise, and if you can push the boat out the hampers look lovely which is an option on the cruise... Great cruise company.....

  • Oxford: 30-Minute River Cruise plus 3-Course Dinner

    6. Oxford: 30-Minute River Cruise plus 3-Course Dinner

    Your Oxford evening begins at 18:00 when you board an elegant Edwardian gentleman’s river boat for a 30-minute cruise to take in the highlights of river life in Oxford. See Folly Bridge, Christchurch Meadows, the university boat houses, and part of the regatta course while sipping a complimentary glass of Prosecco. This is the perfect time to be on the river as the light takes on a magical quality. Disembark at The Folly restaurant, where your dinner will be served in charming surroundings either inside the restaurant or, weather permitting, on the floating river terrace. The Folly's evening a la carte menu offers relaxed fine dining. You’ll find a comprehensive wine list if you’d like to purchase wine to complement your meal. Combine 2 of Oxford's best experiences for an exceptional and memorable evening. 

    We had a very enjoyable 30 minute round trip on the river and then back for a lovely meal right by the river bank overlooking Folly Bridge. The service on all aspects of our trip and meal were excellent. Very pleased that we booked it.

  • Oxford: River Cruise and Walking Tour to Iffley Village

    7. Oxford: River Cruise and Walking Tour to Iffley Village

    Embark on an active day out to visit Oxford. In the first half hour, you will walk past colleges of the University including Christchurch to reach the departure point for the river cruise boat. Then, glide for about 20 minutes along the Thames river to reach Iffley village. During the river cruise, watch the rowers and hear all about the Oxford rowing tradition. You'll travel along the same stretch of river that writer Lewis Carroll once rowed on and created the story for Alice in Wonderland. When you reach Iffley lock, you can see traditional narrow boats passing through the river lock. Disembark for a 1-hour walking tour to explore Iffley village which is a gorgeous village with many quaint thatched cottages and one of the oldest and most unique churches in England. This includes the option for a short drinks stop at a historic garden pub too. The default itinerary is that you then ...

    The more than 2 hours experience was awesome. The guide Alasdair was very good in guiding us and explaining everything regarding history and tradition throughout the journey. I will recommend high for this.

  • Oxford: Punting River Trip with Optional Walking Tour

    8. Oxford: Punting River Trip with Optional Walking Tour

    See Oxford from the river on this punting or rowing tour. Your guide will meet you and walk you along Broad street to the boat house. On route there, you will walk past some of the most famous sights of Oxford and learn about them from your guide.  Then, go out on the beautiful river for an hour. While on the river, you'll get lots of insight into Oxford student life and traditions. This is in fact how almost every Oxford university student celebrates their graduation.  Locals often take picnics or Pimms on the river, which is sold at the boat house. The boating activity is ideal for private groups couples and families as the boats only fit max 3 or 4 customers. You also have the option to book a private group or a public shared group walking tour which lasts 90-120 minutes to schedule either before or after the 1-hour boat trip.

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What people are saying about Oxford

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 220 reviews

This is a great little River cruise to do and Nick (one of the skippers) is so informative and has lots of stories to tell.. The Perch stop off pub is a lovely riverside Pub excellent food and drink. I would thoroughly recommend this River Cruise, and if you can push the boat out the hampers look lovely which is an option on the cruise... Great cruise company.....

Lovely experience. Really friendly guide and learned lots. Wish I had booked a longer cruise. Will do next time and would definitely recommend.

Very easy website to use. Staff made you feel very welcome from the beginning of the trip until the end. Very good value for money.

Great trip up and down the river with a guide who had great knowledge of the area. Me and my wife enjoyed it thoroughly.

A lovely relaxing river trip, would thoroughly recommend it. Beautiful boat and excellent guide.