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

Elizabeth and her 5 grandchildren

When Elizabeth contacted us in July wanting a boat for her and her 5 grandchildren, we were very happy to set them up aboard Brasenose, which is a fabulous boat for larger parties – up to 12 people!

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).

Reviews

  • 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 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

    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

    5 star rating Perfect ***** Our third trip out with college cruisers and once again we weren't disappointed. They have responded to the current situation perfectly......sending. a video out of the boat we were... read more

    Jenama10 06/08/20
  • 5 star rating Great way to celebrate an 80th Birthday Cerys and family were very helpful from first enquiry onwards. Useful videos of interior workings of the boat were sent prior to arrival and very good tuition for handling and... read more

    Ambassador337610 08/08/20

    5 star rating a brilliant short break in Oxford Canal Although I was given the opportunity to take out a narrow boat, I had never decided on it until now.
    After a period of hard work, I had a break of...
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    AlexanderV1736 24/10/20

    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

    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