1. Try something different

New experiences are what makes a holiday memorable. So why not go for a change of environment, and try your hand at some new skills such as how to drive a narrowboat and how to operate a lock?

If you haven’t rented a canal boat before please don’t be put off – it’s very straightforward! (You may be interested to know that over 50% of our customers are first-timers.) As part of the handover  process we will guide you through the first stages on board, take you through a lock and explain in great detail the ‘Do’s and Don’ts’ of canal cruising.

2. Relax

Put all thoughts of work and the daily grind to the back of your mind. Cruise along the South Oxford Canal at just a few miles an hour, chill out as the world drifts by and enjoy the peace and quiet of the English countryside. Moor up and enjoy a leisurely canal-side barbecue with friends or family. And, at night, sleep like a baby in the peaceful surrounds of the English countryside.


3. Make yourself at home

A canal boat makes a great and comfortable base for a holiday or short break. Ours offer a range of home comforts including shower rooms, fully-fitted kitchens, lounge areas, TVs and wood burning stoves. Our boats range in size from 2 berth up to 12 berth, with something to suit all needs and budgets – and we take pride in making sure that your chosen canal boat is spotlessly clean for your holiday.

4. Keep the kids entertained

A canal boat holiday has plenty to occupy young minds – without a video game in sight! Working as a team to make your own way up and down the canal provides a great opportunity to bond with those closest to you. For children, these are the memories that will last a lifetime. Meals are a real family affair, enjoyed around the table either inside the boat or on the towpath whilst moored up for the evening.

5. Bring the dog with you

Dogs love canal holidays. Plenty of fresh air, new smells and room to run. At College Cruisers we encourage you to bring your dog along when you come canal cruising, and there are plenty of places to moor up and go for walks along the way.

Find out more about dog-friendly holidays by clicking here.

6. Enjoy the beautiful English countryside…

Our long-established canal boat fleet is ideally placed to enjoy Oxfordshire’s enticing landscapes of soft, gentle pastureland, passing by antique Cotswold villages. Its unique charm has made it one of the country’s most popular canal holiday hire areas.

To download a free Oxford Canal planning kit, click here.

7. …and the wildlife!

The wide range of habitats along canals and rivers gives them unique biodiversity. Bird sightings, range from the majestic mute swan, moorhens, herons and ducks, to those that are harder to spot, such as kingfishers. Other wildlife includes water voles, dragonflies and rare butterflies.

8. Enjoy a pint (or two) in one of the many great Oxford canal pubs

This part of England is famed for its wide selection of outstanding beers – a trip to a canal-side pub is a great way to quench a thirst worked up from a day’s cruising. And if you fancy a break from self-catering, there are many excellent options for food along the South Oxford Canal. The Oxford canal winds through picturesque Oxfordshire villages such as Thrupp, Lower Heyford and Cropredy, all with their own great country pubs. Check out our guide to some of the best: Oxford Canal pubs.

9. Visit historic Oxford

Oxford is perhaps the world’s most famous University city, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK. The beauty of Oxford is that, being a small city, the attractions of the University, historic buildings and places of interest are within easy walking distance of one another. Out boat yard is conveniently located in central Oxford, and your boat is a great base for exploring the city.

View our guide to the must-see Oxford attractions: Things to see in Oxford.

10. Enjoy great customer service

From the moment you book we’re with you every step of the way. We will show you how to drive the boat, how to negotiate locks and bridges, and provide all the back-up you need to make your trip a success. (We are rated 5 stars out of 5 on Trip Advisor.)

If you have any special needs or requests we will do our very best to accommodate them, and if you want to book for longer for a week we may even be able to offer you a special deal!

For more information about booking, click here.