Oxford: Scenic Sightseeing Cruise with Gourmet Picnic

4.7 / 5

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Oxford: Scenic Sightseeing Cruise with Gourmet Picnic

From $62.91 per person

This Oxford picnic cruise combines Oxford sightseeing with a leisurely picnic lunch and a relaxed experience of river life.

About this activity

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Enjoy a 2.5-hour river cruise to see the sights from a new perspective
  • Take in stunning river scenery including Christ Church College and Meadows the University Boat Houses and Historic Port Meadow
  • Pass through a Thames lock and take a break at an 800-year-old riverside inn
  • Dine from a generous picnic hamper
Full description
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 Oxfords literary icons, C S Lewis, and his stories of the land of Narnia. Your picnic lunch is provided by riverside restaurant, The Folly, and typically includes: • An selection of finger sandwiches • Homemade quiche or tart of the day • Homemade scones with strawberry jam, clotted cream and fresh strawberries  • Elderflower presse Served in a traditional picnic basket with napkins, crockery and glasses (to be returned to the crew at the end of the cruise). Drinks to take aboard can be purchased at the departure point.
  • Picnic lunch
  • 2.5-hour cruise
  • Hotel pick-up
Covid-19 precautions

Customers must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks

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Meeting point

The cruise departs from the moorings at The Folly, Folly Bridge, Oxford, OX1 4JU.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Vegetarian and vegan options are also available on request
  • The picnic contents may differ depending on availability
  • Advance booking is essential
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 15 reviews

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Perfect way to unwind!

We did as Oxfordians do, and spent an hour or so at the Folly sipping gins and tonics pre-cruise. The boat held 12, and the others onboard were friendly and fun. The picnic hampers held a sweet, lovely, delicious picnic—quiche, scones, sweet butter, jam, and berries. The boat took us up the Thames, with a stop for a walk about, but we were having such a good time with our cruise mates, we stayed on board to chat. If you are considering this activity, go for it. We had a great time in a beautiful landscape.

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July 31, 2019

Scenic boat ride with darling picnic

My mom found this trip and ended up being our favorite excursion in Oxford. Beautiful views of the river, very friendly guide who pointed out all the nearby buildings and wildlife, and we even went through a lock. We enjoyed seeing the various schools’ boathouses too. There was a good mix of locals and tourists on our boat. The picnic basket was adorable with good finger sandwiches and scrumptious strawberries and biscuits. We would highly recommend this trip.

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July 23, 2018

This was well worth the time and cost.

Our captain was delightful, and the other couple great company. Our food was good, the rain shower insignificant, the locks fun as we were able to watch Henry manipulate them, and the scenery lovely. I would do it again in a flash.

August 9, 2019

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