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Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Including Picnic

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    What to Expect
    Choose a lunchtime or sunset picnic cruise starting at the picturesque Folly Restaurant perched beside the River Thames.
    The 2.5-hour sightseeing cruise takes you through the famous university city of Oxford and see famous landmarks including Christchurch College and Meadows, the University boathouses and regatta course, the Head of the River and Folly Bridge. From the river you will 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 cruise whilst 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 or dinner is provided by riverside restaurant, The Folly, and typically includes*:
    • Potted Salmon, Crème Fraiche and Capers
    • Pork Rilettes with Sage and Shallot
    • Quinoa, Red Onion and Coriander Salad
    • Mini Bread Loaf
    • Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Loaf with Rocket and Pesto Dressing
    • Chocolate Brownie
    • Homemade Ginger Beer
    • A Glass of Wine or a Soft Drink Alternative*Please be advised that the menu will vary with seasonal availability.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Nice evening on the Thames. We enjoyed seeing the people jogging and the ducks swimming Lovely picnic to A moment of total quietness

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank jeb15
    Reviewed 3 weeks ago

    We both thoroughly enjoyed our River Cruise Including Picnic and would have no hesitation in recommending it to others. Chris was an excellent host, he piloted the boat well and is obviously well versed on the history and traditions of the river and the colleges....More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank leshaswell
    Reviewed July 11, 2019

    Skipper 'Nick' pointed out all the wildlife and jput in local info plus little interesting anecdotes from his own experience. So we learnt a lot and also discovered a lovely riverside pub with garden, 'The Perch', doing Scotch eggs for veggies and catered for other...More

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank silvergirl2017
    Reviewed July 10, 2019

    Joined the Spirit of Oxford cruise recently. Operated by an electrically powered boat which made for a quiet, tranquil cruise along the river. Skipper was Alex who was obviously enthusiastic about her job and provided us with interesting information and anecdotes.

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Alexander R
    Reviewed July 9, 2019 via mobile

    Boat trip was grate, food good captain excellent well worth it. The starting point The Folly is a nice place to have a drink before you sail

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank joemag62
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    August 2, 2019|
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    Response from Joy M | Reviewed this property |
    There were eight of us on our recent trip but the boat can take up to twelve. It was a fabulous cruise and I would certainly recommend it.
    James R
    May 31, 2018|
    Response from chrisdL5610NP | Reviewed this property |
    Yes there are side panels that can be lowered. The front panel cannot as the driver cannot see where he is going. So better view in the bow of the boat, but if the weather is adverse good chance of getting very wet.
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