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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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

  • Knob Book Avatar

    great boats and great staff

    Knob Book 04/10/18
    Nick Key Avatar

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

    Nick Key 31/07/19

    5 star rating Fantastic service and boat Arranged for a laid back stag party. The boat was exactly what we wanted and we all had a gret time going on a pub crawl up the canal. Would... read more

    sparks105 05/09/19
    Andrew B Avatar

    5 star rating Lovely trip and excellent service Six friends rented "Balliol" to sail up the Thames from Oxford over a long weekend. The boat was excellent, very well equipped and comfortable. It has been newly refurbished. College... read more

    Andrew B 29/05/18
  • 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
    Gordon Knight Avatar

    Had a fantastic 4 days on one of their barges at a very reasonable price .. The staff were so friendly and explained everything you need to know about cruising... read more

    Gordon Knight 19/08/18
    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
    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