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Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Including Picnic

  • Travel by boat and see the sights from the water
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Including Picnic
From US$57.56
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Lunchtime Picnic CruiseMost Popular
This Oxford Picnic Cruise combines sightseeing with a leisurely picnic and relaxed experience of river life. Departure at 12.30pm daily.
From US$57.56
Sunset Picnic Cruise
This Oxford Picnic Cruise combines sightseeing with a leisurely picnic and relaxed experience of river life. Departure at 6pm daily in season.
From US$57.56
Explore one of England’s most ancient cities on this 2.5-hour sightseeing river cruise in Oxford. Cruise onto the tranquil Thames River as your skipper points out places of interest such as Christchurch College, the Meadows, the Oxford University boathouses, Osney Island, Port Meadow and Folly Bridge. See a side of Oxford's rich heritage that many visitors miss, and discover sites made famous by authors including Lewis Carroll and C S Lewis. Stop off along the way for a delicious picnic of delicacies such as potted salmon and Mediterranean vegetable loaf.
What to Expect
Choose a lunchtime or sunset picnic cruise starting at the picturesque Folly Restaurant perched beside the River Thames.

The 2.5-hour sightseeing cruise takes you through the famous university city of Oxford and see famous landmarks including Christchurch College and Meadows, the University boathouses and regatta course, the Head of the River and Folly Bridge. From the river you will take in a side of Oxford's heritage rarely seen by visitors to the city. Quaint Osney Island, well-loved allotments and gardens and majestic and ancient Port Meadow are off the tourist trail but represent some of Oxford's most beautiful and intriguing scenery. Port Meadow, a vast area of common land, has remained little changed since prehistoric times and supports plants and bird-life in abundance.

At the top of Port Meadow is Godstow. Godstow was the ultimate destination of Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll when they followed an identical route to this cruise whilst composing 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. It is also the site of Trout Island, an inspiration for another of Oxfords literary icons, C.S. Lewis, and his stories of the land of Narnia.

Your picnic lunch or dinner is provided by riverside restaurant, The Folly, and typically includes*:
  • Potted Salmon, Crème Fraiche and Capers
  • Pork Rilettes with Sage and Shallot
  • Quinoa, Red Onion and Coriander Salad
  • Mini Bread Loaf
  • Grilled Mediterranean Vegetable Loaf with Rocket and Pesto Dressing
  • Chocolate Brownie
  • Homemade Ginger Beer
  • A Glass of Wine or a Soft Drink Alternative
*Please be advised that the menu will vary with seasonal availability.
Reviews (26)
1 - 5 of 23 reviews
Reviewed 5 October 2018
Fabulous relaxing experience on water!

What a wonderful way to spend a couple of hours from start to finish. Beautiful scenery, lovely food, convivial company, very informative skipper who made us all feel welcome. Enjoyed the little stop at the pub and the chance to see some of Port Meadow....More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank annierosslyn22
Reviewed 4 October 2018
Oxford river picnic cruise

I would just like to say how much we enjoyed our picnic cruise on a balmy Tuesday evening in June. We didn’t expect to be the only people on the cruise but were delighted that it was only us and our Cap’n Sam. The whole...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Mumadog
Reviewed 26 September 2018
Informative and enjoyable afternoon

Great afternoon, informative and fun. The guide/boat skipper was interesting and parted with the info in a light informal way that retained ones interest and added to the experience of the tour. The picnic was nice even though the finger sandwiches were different and not...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Mark P
Reviewed 27 August 2018
Delightful family outing!

Everything was outstanding and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Our picnic lunch was delicious and our guide was quite knowledgeable & accommodating. All in all, a very scenic & relaxing cruise. My 7-year-old grandson particularly enjoyed going through the locks.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Escape623396
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile
Great 90th birthday present

Bought this for my dad. These were his comments. Well organised trip, well crewed, very good picnic. Would recommend.

Thank Debbie C
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James R
31 May 2018|
Response from Chris D | Reviewed this property |
Yes there are side panels that can be lowered. The front panel cannot as the driver cannot see where he is going. So better view in the bow of the boat, but if the weather is adverse good chance of getting very wet.