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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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.



Sleeps 2-8



Sleeps 2-12



Sleeps 2-10 people



Sleeps 2-4



Sleeps 2



Sleeps 2-8



Sleeps 2-8 people



Sleeps 2-6



Sleeps 2-6



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.


  • rslomo483548 Avatar

    5 star rating An Amazing Experience! My husband and I spent an enchanting week on the boat, the Somerville, cruising north on the Oxford Canal. This was our first time, and we weren't... read more

    rslomo483548 03/10/18
    Kiri Harvey Avatar

    We hired Exeter for our Dads 70th Celebrations..... we named her "The Birthday Barge"!!! Carys and Co couldn't of done anymore for us - they kindly decorated the boat before... read more

    Kiri Harvey 10/05/18
    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
    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
    Paul and crew Avatar

    Thank you! We have had an excellent few days in a great boat. Excellent service throughout.

    Paul and crew 18/11/18
    David L Avatar

    5 star rating Perfect trip for our mini-moon After holding out on booking the trip to see what the weather would be, we booked on a Monday for a Tuesday through Saturday trip and all the booking details... read more

    David L 26/05/19
    Knob Book Avatar

    great boats and great staff

    Knob Book 04/10/18