Magical canal boat holidays on the beautiful Oxford Canal

Make yourself at home aboard one of our fleet of comfortable canal boats, then plot a leisurely course through the English countryside enjoying the pretty towns, villages and country pubs along the way.

Enjoy a Summer holiday to treasure on the Oxford Canal – and it won’t cost a fortune!

Book any remaining holiday or short break between 29th June and 30th August and save £200 (please note, this offer does not apply to Keble). Just give us a call on 01865 554343 or book online, using the discount code SUMMER at check-out.

Check out our late availability offers

Booking at the last minute? We have some great late availability offers on short breaks and holidays starting in the next few days. Save up to 50% on our regular prices.

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This is a provisional booking. Assuming your boat is available, you will then receive an e-mail asking you to pay a non-refundable deposit of £150 via credit or debit card, using our secure payment system. Once we have received your deposit, we will confirm your booking and send you our conditions of hire and a map of how to find us. An invoice for the balance will also be sent afterwards which should be paid at least one month before your vacation starts.

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Can’t find anything suitable? Let us help you personally – call us on (+44) 01865 554343.

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Our boats

There are ten boats in the fleet ranging from 2 berth up to 12 berth, offering a range of facilities and each with a character of its own. All are named after the University colleges in Oxford and are painted Oxford blue.

Balliol

Balliol

Sleeps 2-8

Brasenose

Brasenose

Sleeps 2-12

Exeter

Exeter

Sleeps 2-10 people

Hertford

Hertford

Sleeps 2-4

Keble

Keble

Sleeps 2

Magdalen

Magdalen

Sleeps 2-8

Nuffield

Nuffield

Sleeps 2-8 people

Pembroke

Pembroke

Sleeps 2-6

Somerville

Somerville

Sleeps 2-6

Trinity

Trinity

Sleeps 2-5

More than 12 people? You need two boats! Please call us to discuss.

Latest News

February Newsletter

We are busy maintaining and improving our boats ready for another busy year…

A beautiful summer’s day

Every now and then I get a chance to get out on one of our boats and enjoy the canal myself. So a weekend in July seven friends and I set off from Oxford… destination Kirtlington.

Reviews

  • Dmitry Pushkarev Avatar

    Very nice. Very friendly staff. Good boats. Great service. Superb family holiday. Good value. Dogs welcome.
    Absolutely brilliant.
    Thank you very much! Recommend to everyone!!!

    Dmitry Pushkarev 11/05/19
    Kate Kincaid Avatar

    We (5 of us) have just returned from a magical holiday on the good ship Exeter. The boat was spotless and very well equipped. The booking process and handover very... read more

    Kate Kincaid 24/05/19
    Mike M Avatar

    5 star rating A great family bonding event College cruisers are a joy to deal with and the whole experience was made easy. The trip gave my wife and I, daughter and partner the time to see each... read more

    Mike M 10/10/18

    5 star rating A Great Holiday Afloat We chose the Oxford Canal because it has a good supply of pubs and locks - both of which make for an interesting trip.

    Carys and her team gave...
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    Laurence T 21/06/19
  • Tessthedoguk Avatar

    5 star rating A get away for parents, with kids joining later Having been on my bucket list, finally getting away for a few days without the kids on a canal boat sounded like bliss. We were fortunate to find the College... read more

    Tessthedoguk 20/04/19

    5 star rating A most excellent adventure for extended family Our extended family of 6 ranging from grandparents (with narrowboat experience) to grandchildren (of 5 and 3) recently completed a delightful 'short break' on the Oxford canal on the "Magdalen'.... read more

    Richard B 01/08/19
    Andrew B Avatar

    5 star rating Lovely trip and excellent service Six friends rented "Balliol" to sail up the Thames from Oxford over a long weekend. The boat was excellent, very well equipped and comfortable. It has been newly refurbished. College... read more

    Andrew B 29/05/18
    Alyson Willis Avatar

    Fabulous holiday! Great company to deal with, very helpful and the boat was fantastic. We enjoyed every moment of our holiday and will definitely be back. Thank you xxx

    Alyson Willis 21/09/18