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

  • 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

    5 star rating Mrs p curtis Fantastic time. boat was spotlessly clean on pick up . Staff where very friendly and help full. Would recommend this holiday with this company 10/10

    Chloe C 14/09/19

    5 star rating Fantastic break with friends Just returned from an amazing weekend break with friends. We received a very warm welcome on arrival by Carys and her team. First time on a narrowboat so a little... read more

    8Angie 01/08/19
    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
  • 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
    Tom B Avatar

    5 star rating Fantastic weekend trip Myself and three friends booked a fantastic holiday with College Cruisers last weekend on their Nuffield boat at a great price. We had lots of fun and I would recommend... read more

    Tom B 15/08/18

    5 star rating A most excellent adventure for extended family Our extended family of 6 ranging from grandparents (with narrowboat experience) to grandchildren (of 5 and 3) recently completed a delightful 'short break' on the Oxford canal on the "Magdalen'.... read more

    Richard B 01/08/19
    Nick Key Avatar

    Great people, lovely boats. All round very welcoming wonderful way to spend a few days relaxing.

    Nick Key 31/07/19