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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.

The South Oxford Canal – a holiday for all seasons

Our canal boats are available to hire all the year round, and each season on the canal offers a different – but equally wonderful – kind of holiday experience…

10 great reasons to book an Oxford Canal boat holiday in 2019

Find out why a canal boat holiday on the Oxford Canal is a great idea.

We’re featured in National Geographic Traveler magazine!

A great article by Tara Isabella Burton about a leisurely trip up the Oxford Canal on Hertford, one of our luxury narrowboats.

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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.


  • annejb2018 Avatar

    5 star rating Great family holiday Our family of four plus dog had a lovely holiday on the Magdalen last week. The boat was comfortable, clean and well equipped. Fantastic scenery, very relaxing and the... read more

    annejb2018 05/09/18
    kexcus Avatar

    5 star rating Fantastic long weekend. Thank you From the first email to saying goodbye at the end of the trip College Cruisers were excellent.

    The boat was in great condition, very clean, cozy and well equipped . ...
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    kexcus 21/05/18
    Gordon Knight Avatar

    Had a fantastic 4 days on one of their barges at a very reasonable price .. The staff were so friendly and explained everything you need to know about cruising... read more

    Gordon Knight 19/08/18
    colin t Avatar

    5 star rating Amazing boat, service and weather! Everything about his trip was amazing. Exeter is such a lovely boat. We were 3 couples and it suited us perfectly. There was all the equipment on board we... read more

    colin t 23/07/18
  • Colin Turnbull Avatar

    Amazing. Best weekend ever. Great boat with everything we needed on board. Spotlessly clean and great support for pretty much a newbie in a narrow boat. Canal was a little... read more

    Colin Turnbull 23/07/18
    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
    Knob Book Avatar

    great boats and great staff

    Knob Book 04/10/18
    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