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.

The South Oxford Canal – a holiday for all seasons

Our canal boats are available to hire all the year round, and each season on the canal offers a different – but equally wonderful – kind of holiday experience…

10 great reasons to book an Oxford Canal boat holiday in 2019

Find out why a canal boat holiday on the Oxford Canal is a great idea.

We’re featured in National Geographic Traveler magazine!

A great article by Tara Isabella Burton about a leisurely trip up the Oxford Canal on Hertford, one of our luxury narrowboats.

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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

  • Hug301 Avatar

    5 star rating Brilliant break Had a great short break on the Balliol. Boat well equipped, very easy to cook good food for four adults onboard, made beer can chicken and halloumi fries. ... read more

    Hug301 24/08/18
    Knob Book Avatar

    great boats and great staff

    Knob Book 04/10/18
    Tom B Avatar

    5 star rating Fantastic weekend trip Myself and three friends booked a fantastic holiday with College Cruisers last weekend on their Nuffield boat at a great price. We had lots of fun and I would recommend... read more

    Tom B 15/08/18
    Alyson Willis Avatar

    Fabulous holiday! Great company to deal with, very helpful and the boat was fantastic. We enjoyed every moment of our holiday and will definitely be back. Thank you xxx

    Alyson Willis 21/09/18
  • 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
    Robin G Avatar

    5 star rating Excellent weekend for 7 'old blokes'. 7 friends rented "Brasenose" to sail up the Thames from Oxford over a long weekend. The boat was excellent, very well equipped and comfortable. College Cruisers were very helpful, friendly... read more

    Robin G 19/11/18
    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
    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