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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
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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.
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.
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.
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1 - 5 of 16 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago
Lovely relaxing trip on Thames.

Enjoyed this river cruise. Very relaxing in lovely scenery, small boat so bit more personal which we enjoyed. Informative lady skipper.

Thank sarahcK781SR
Reviewed 1 week ago
Relaxing and informative

This was a surprise present from my wife and she made a very good choice - trip was on 4th Aug. Took a bottle of very nice Pinot Grigio Rose onboard from the Folly which accompanied the supplied picnic very well. The skipper has a...More

1  Thank TheHydesWestSussex
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Lovely trip on the Thames

The Thames cruise with a picnic lunch was the best thing I did in while in Oxford. The Museums and sites are wonderful, but the peaceful trip up the Thames was the best. The lunch platter was delicious - tea sandwiches, a small quiche, scones,...More

1  Thank MuseumCathy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Cool evening on the River Isis in Oxford after a hot day

My d.aughter and I really enjoyed the trip and the friendly competence of the very informative and entertaining lady skipper. Thank you again, for organising such a pleasant event.

Thank peterpan303
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Relaxing cruise

Took an afternoon picnic cruise on Saturday 21st.July. What a lovely relaxing way to spend an afternoon .Our skipper Peter gave us a great laid back commentary as we cruised along the Thames ,through Osney lock and on to Port meadow.The picnic was good and...More

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James R
1 June 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.