Welcome back to the Oxford Canal

We’re pleased to say that, after discussions with the Canal and River Trust, we are now able to accept bookings for holidays and short breaks from 4th July 2020 onwards.

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.

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

Welcome back to the Oxford Canal

We’re pleased to say that, after discussions with the Canal and River Trust, we are now able to accept bookings for holidays and short breaks from 4th July 2020 onwards.

10% off all remaining Spring breaks

Call us now on 01865 554343 to save 10% on any remaining holiday or short break between 20th March and 30th April 2020 (excluding bookings starting between 10th and 13th April).

Two ladies on an adventure

Gladys and Jane hired Pembroke for a week to celebrate their birthdays and to have a ladies’ adventure. Then the grandchildren decided to join them…

Reviews

  • 5 star rating A truly relaxed week in beautiful surroundings We were impressed with the service from College Cruisers, they sent videos before hand to give the layout and general operation of the boat, to prevent too much contact needed... read more

    garetho438 31/07/20

    5 star rating A Great Holiday Afloat We chose the Oxford Canal because it has a good supply of pubs and locks - both of which make for an interesting trip.

    Carys and her team gave...
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    Laurence T 21/06/19
    Ian A Shrimpton Avatar

    Our first ever venture into canals and narrow boats,
    Fantastic times, both Lisa and I are really loved it, can't wait to do it again,
    And we'll definitely be going back to...
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    Ian A Shrimpton 30/08/20
    Matt Warwood Avatar

    thanks to the guys at college cruisers for sorting out coolant problem on our own boat. really helpful staff.

    Matt Warwood 20/09/20
  • 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
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    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
    Lisa Pickering Avatar

    once again we reluctantly gave you back Trinity this morning after a lovely long weekend cruise xx you are a pleasure to hire from as you are friendly, accommodating and... read more

    Lisa Pickering 20/05/19
    Dmitry Pushkarev Avatar

    Very nice. Very friendly staff. Good boats. Great service. Superb family holiday. Children loved it! Good value. Dogs welcome.
    Absolutely brilliant.
    Thank you very much! Recommend to everyone!!!

    Dmitry Pushkarev 13/07/19