Boating Cruises in Oxford
Oxford was historically an important port on the River Thames, with this section of the river being called the Isis; the Oxford-Burcot Commission in the 17th century attempted to improve navigation to Oxford. Iffley Lock and Osney Lock lie within the bounds of the city. In the 18th century the Oxford Canal was built to connect Oxford with the Midlands.
Commercial traffic has given way to recreational use of the river and canal. Oxford was the original base of Salters Steamers (founded in 1858), which was a leading racing-boat-builder that played an important role in popularising pleasure boating on the Upper Thames. The firm runs a regular service from Folly Bridge downstream to Abingdon and beyond.
You can hire a boat for just an hour or if you want to make a day of it, take a picnic and stay out on the river as long as you like, simply returning the punt to the boathouse at least half an hour before sunset. Attractions along the way include the dreamy spires of Oxford with its world famous universities and wonderful shopping experience with many unique independent retailers.
Oxford River Cruises provides a range of luxury boat trips, sightseeing tours and unique picnic cruises in the heart of the historic city of Oxford. Their vessels provide a comfortable and intimate setting for an unforgettable river experience and one of the most memorable things to do during your visit to Oxford.
Private Hire and Group Bookings are welcomed. Oxford River Cruises private hire vessels are the perfect venue aboard which to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, company achievements and all manner of special occasions.
Their sightseeing river tours, boat trips and private hire cruises take in stunning scenery on the River Thames in and around Oxford. Many of their sightseeing tours cruise along the famous University Regatta course from Folly Bridge but public boat trips are also available to stunning Port Meadow on the northern outskirts of the city.
They are a long-established canal hire fleet based right in the centre of the romantic City of Oxford. They parent company is registered as “Funafloat”, and that is exactly what they want you to have. The video above explains more about them, their philosophy, and why you should choose a canal boat holiday on the Oxford Canal.
Salter's Steamers are a family firm that has provided first-class hospitality on the Royal River Thames for over 150 years (est. 1858). As one of the longest established firms on the Thames they own one of the largest and most exclusive fleets operating on the river. Their cruises combine traditional style, contemporary comforts and the highest modern standards.