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

  • 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
    John J Avatar

    4 star rating A good boat with excellent service We were five aboard a superbly designed boat, three double bedrooms, two bathrooms with showers. The boat was well equipped and the one reliability problem was dealt with speedily. Carys... read more

    John J 19/06/18
    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
    Ken J Avatar

    5 star rating Slow and steady Embarked on a weeks cruise with College Cruisers on the “Pembroke” travelling North towards Banbury on the Oxford Canal, ending last week.

    The orientation session was thorough and left no...
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    Ken J 05/09/18
  • Hug301 Avatar

    5 star rating Brilliant break Had a great short break on the Balliol. Boat well equipped, very easy to cook good food for four adults onboard, made beer can chicken and halloumi fries. ... read more

    Hug301 24/08/18
    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
    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
    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 19/04/19