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.

Special Offer for Easter 2019

Enjoy Easter aboard one of our comfortable canal boats with 15% all prices from April 15th-28th inclusive.  Just use the code EASTER15 at checkout. Or call the Easter hotline on 01865 554343 (+44 18 65 55 43 43 from outside the UK) for an extra 5% off.

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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

  • 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
    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
    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
  • 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
    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
    Robin G Avatar

    5 star rating Excellent weekend for 7 'old blokes'. 7 friends rented "Brasenose" to sail up the Thames from Oxford over a long weekend. The boat was excellent, very well equipped and comfortable. College Cruisers were very helpful, friendly... read more

    Robin G 19/11/18
    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