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About Oxford River Cruises
Oxford River Cruises offers sightseeing tours, picnic and dining river trips and private boat hire in the heart of historic oxford. Our cruises are designed to suit all tastes, from lazy lunchtime get togethers and elegant dinner cruises, to corporate events and birthday parties afloat.
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This sightseeing river cruise is ideal for first-time visitors to Oxford. Sail along Oxford University’s Regatta Course, while passing by top local landmarks such as Christchurch College, and Folly Bridge. The tour helps cover more ground than a walking tour, and is a relaxing way to learn about the history of the city, its University, and its most famous sights.
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from $15.27
44 reviews
Explore one of England’s most ancient cities on this 2.5-hour sightseeing river cruise in Oxford. Cruise onto the tranquil Thames River as your skipper points out places of interest such as Christchurch College, the Meadows, the Oxford University boathouses, Osney Island, Port Meadow and Folly Bridge. See a side of Oxford's rich heritage that many visitors miss, and discover sites made famous by authors including Lewis Carroll and C S Lewis. Stop off along the way for a delicious picnic of delicacies such as potted salmon and Mediterranean vegetable loaf.
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from $57.27
12 reviews
Make unforgettable memories in the heart of Oxford on this 2-hour dining experience with evening cruise. Step aboard your vessel as the sun slowly sinks on the horizon, and cruise out onto the Thames River. Sip chilled Prosecco as you wind your way along the tranquil waterway, and gaze out over Christchurch Meadows and the university boathouses. Afterwards, alight at the mooring outside The Folly restaurant and follow the candles and fairy lights to your table. Then, enjoy a delicious 3-course a la carte dinner in the restaurant’s romantic surroundings. 
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from $69.99
21 reviews
Set sail for a romantic cruise through the heart of Oxford on this 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise, including afternoon tea served on-board. Tuck into traditional English teatime treats like finger sandwiches and scones with jam and clotted cream, as you glide downstream. Following a scenic route along the University Regatta Course, you’ll discover Oxford’s surprising greenery and enjoy marvelous views of the University Boat Houses, Christ Church Meadows and Iffley lock.
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from $49.63
5 reviews
Enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Thames River and soak up the views in style on this 30-minute evening sightseeing cruise in Oxford. Hop into your sightseeing boat as the sun starts to set and head out onto the calm waters with your guide. Sip a glass of Prosecco, beer, wine or a soft drink as the sunlight dances on the river, and gaze out over Oxford’s beautiful Christchurch Meadows. Learn of the city’s educational and sporting heritage, and enjoy a romantic moment on the river with your loved one.  
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from $25.45
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Reviewed today

Excellent trip! Lovely boat, interesting commentary from very pleasant, helpful captain. Very nice pub for lunch!

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Peter L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

My husband booked a surprise cruise for my birthday. It was wonderful. We had a delicious picnic lunch and treated ourselves to a bottle of Prosecco. The weather was perfect and Nick our guide was very knowledgeable and great company. The cruise lasted two and...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Lynda R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Pleasant leisurely cruise along the university Boat Race course taking in the sites of Oxford from the river. Not too big a boat so not too many passengers. Afternoon tea available afterwards at Folly Cafe was icing on the cake or should I say ice...More

Thank saracZ2337WW
Reviewed 5 days ago

The evening was a birthday gift and what an excellent gift it was, my wife and myself made to feel very welcome on our arrival, the actual cruise captain was both informative and light hearted and with our glass of fizz was very special. On...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Richard M
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great river trip. Beautiful scenery and interesting and informative commentary. I would thoroughly recommend this trip

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Ginaj5981
Reviewed 1 week ago

a really good boat trip guide really pleasent and funny. The views where great and there was a short stop where you could walk round the lock.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank john m
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great day out , nick the skipper was excellent , about two and half hour cruise with two stops for toilet and drink breaks . We didn't have the hamper but took our own snacks which was no problem . You can take alcohol on...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Corkycork1
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a lovely, relaxing trip and couldn’t believe how quiet the engine of the boat was. Henry, who was looking after us for the trip was very approachable and had some great knowledge of the stretch of the river we were on. The atmosphere...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank dawnr760
Reviewed 1 week ago

Booked for 4 of us, a little disappointed with the length of the cruise 10 minutes less than we were told the skipper was good with the information, he did say it was a very busy day on the water and did not want to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank videostar
Reviewed 1 week ago

An excellent day - the arrival at the Folly Hotel was friendly and helpful and the welcome on board by the skipper Nick was a great start to the day. His knowledge about the river and it's surroundings was extensive with good humour added to...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank nickolas46
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June 23, 2019|
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Response from dimmo69 |
We did an afternoon tea one and people had bought drinks from the bar onto the boat.
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July 4, 2017|
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Response from Carol E | Reviewed this property |
We went on the evening cruise which was lovely as it was a beautiful experience watching the sun setting over the river.
June 16, 2017|
Response from Ken S | Reviewed this property |
no. But my wife cannot walk far and we got a taxi to the door.