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.

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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

  • David L Avatar

    5 star rating Perfect trip for our mini-moon After holding out on booking the trip to see what the weather would be, we booked on a Monday for a Tuesday through Saturday trip and all the booking details... read more

    David L 26/05/19
    Mary Abramtsev-Loose Avatar

    We are quite frequent renters and this was by far the best experience to-date. We had the Pembroke and as the advert says, you would never know it was... read more

    Mary Abramtsev-Loose 22/08/19
    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
    Jon Little Avatar

    A great local company who are always there to help.

    Jon Little 29/06/19
  • 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

    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 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
    Dmitry Pushkarev Avatar

    Very nice. Very friendly staff. Good boats. Great service. Superb family holiday.
    Absolutely brilliant.
    Thank you very much! Recommend to everyone!

    Dmitry Pushkarev 24/01/19