Magical canal boat holidays on the Unique Oxford Canal

Book a fully inclusive narrowboat holiday on the South Oxford Canal with College Cruisers based in the heart of Oxford.

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.

Explore the Oxford Canal

Join us at College Cruisers for a canal boat holiday, a narrowboat holiday, or even a barge holiday we do not mind what you call it.  Cruise on two of the best waterways in England, the south Oxford Canal and The River Thames.  Book a canal holiday for family, friends and your pets starting in historical Oxford exploring the English waterways.  Make yourselves at home on one of our 10 comfortable narrowboats. We teach you all you need to know to have a fantastic canal boat holiday.  Your holiday on a canal starts here!!

Find a boat

Enter your chosen check-in and check-out dates to see which of our boats are available. Please note: check-in is only possible on

  • Saturdays (Sat-Tues short breaks and weekly hire),
  • Mondays (Mon-Fri short breaks and weekly hire),
  • Tuesdays (Tue-Sat short breaks and weekly hire) and
  • Fridays (Fri-Mon short breaks and weekly hire).

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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.

College Cruisers' Oxford Blue hire narrowboat Balliol waiting to enter a lock on the Oxford Canal with a crew of four standing by.


Sleeps 2-8, Depart Fri or Mon

Mother and young daughter taking College Cruisers' Brasenose, large party narrow boat, out of a lock and under a bridge, showing the generous seating on the cruiser stern.


Sleeps 2-12, Depart Fri or Mon

Looking down the length of College Cruisers' Oxford Blue luxury hire narrowboat Exeter moored on the Oxford Canal.


Sleeps 2-10, Depart Sat or Tue

College Cruisers' canal boat Hertford, painted in Oxford Blue, on the Oxford Canal.


Sleeps 2-4, Depart Sat or Tue

The Oxford Blue small canal boat Keble which is ideal for couples, moored at the College Cruisers Wharf in central Oxford.


Sleeps 2, Depart Fri or Mon

College Cruisers' self-drive narrowboat Magdalen making its way into a lock operated by a young girl.


Sleeps 2-8, Depart Sat or Tue

College Cruisers' canal boat Nuffield entering a lock on the Oxford Canal near its base in central Oxford.


Sleeps 2-8, Depart Fri or Mon

Doesn't look like a rental boat! College Cruisers' newest narrowboat on the Oxford Canal angled so that the name can be seen.


Sleeps 2-6, Depart Sat or Tue

The self-drive narrowboat Somerville moored at the College Cruisers wharf in central Oxford.


Sleeps 2-6, Depart Sat or Tue

College Cruisers' narrowboat Trinity painted Oxford blue moored waiting to enter a lock on the Oxford Canal with some ducks in the foreground.


Sleeps 2-4, Depart Fri or Mon