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
Take a look at our mid summer late availability sale

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!!

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

Great Last Minute Deals on boats leaving 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th July

Call Carys on +44 1865 554343 to find the ideal boat for your holiday or short break.

8th July – Nuffield

9th July – Exeter

11th July – Baliol or Brasenose

12th July – Exeter or Pembroke

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  • 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).

Can’t find anything suitable? Let us help you personally
call us on +44 1865 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.

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

Balliol

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.

Brasenose

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.

Exeter

Sleeps 2-10, Depart Sat or Tue

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

Hertford

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.

Keble

Sleeps 2, Depart Fri or Mon

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

Magdalen

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.

Nuffield

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.

Pembroke

Sleeps 2-6, Depart Sat or Tue

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

Somerville

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.

Trinity

Sleeps 2-4, Depart Fri or Mon

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