Spirit of Oxford river cruise
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Activities

Spirit of Oxford river cruise

Language: English
Availability: Please see the calendar
Mobile voucher accepted
Duration: Flexible
Safety measures applied
Do this because
  • Run away to the countryside and relax on a cruise
  • See the landmarks of the historical town of Oxford from the water
  • Listen to your friendly skipper's commentary and anecdotes
  • Relax and take in the beautiful scenery 'off the beaten track'
What to expect

Escape the hustle and bustle of the big city and join this Spirit of Oxford Cruise from Folly Bridge in Oxford city center and up the river. Just sit down and listen to your skipper’s insightful information and funny anecdotes about the river and the history of that particular area.

Let the quiet countryside surround you as the boat takes you down the river learn about the famous landmarks and buildings that Oxford has to offer including Christ Church College and Meadows, the University rowing houses and regatta course, as well as Folly Bridge. Discover the quiet residential suburbs and splendid areas throughout the English countryside, passing Binsey and the stunning Port Meadow. Marvel at these natural landscapes far away from the typical tourist areas.

Your skipper will tell you all about how Oxford's untouched landscape was a source of inspiration for many of Oxford’s favourite novelists such as Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, Evelyn Waugh and Gerard Manly Hopkins. For example, you'll see Godstow; Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll's favourite destination, as well as the site of Trout Island; inspiration for literary icon C.S. Lewis.

This cruise usually takes place in an elegant Edwardian style River Launch. These vessels, with their beautiful lines and teak interiors, evoke the pleasures of a bygone era when life moved at a slower pace. The boats use the latest zero-emission fully electric propulsion to ensure that your outing has the smallest possible environmental impact.

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COVID-19 information
The following health and safety measures are in place, so you can relax and enjoy your experience.
  • Visitor numbers are limited to reduce crowds
  • The experience complies with government regulations
  • Social distancing is enforced
  • Areas frequented by visitors are regularly disinfected
  • Hand sanitizers are provided for staff and visitors
  • All gear/equipment is sanitized between use
  • What's included
    • 2-5 hour river cruise
    • Commentary
    • 10% food discount at The Folly Restaurant
    What's not included
    • Food and drinks
    • Parking
    Reduced price
    • Children (ages 0-15)
    Where

    The Folly Restaurant, 1 Folly Bridge, Oxford, OX1 4JU

    Meeting point:

    Please meet outside the Folly Restaurant moorings for all cruise departures.

    What to remember
    • You will also benefit from a 10% food discount at the renowned Folly Restuarant
    • Unfortunately, this tour is unable to accommodate wheelchairs
    • Commentary is provided in English only
    • Please note there is no parking available onsite: The closest car park is the Westgate Center Car Park which is a 5-10-minute walk away from The Folly (typically £5 per 3 hours)
    • The Folly, Redbridge Park and Ride is the most convenient service (south of Oxford accessed from A34 and A423). Once parked take the number 300 bus to the third stop referred to as The Police Station which is a 3-minute walk away (currently £2 for up to 24 hours parking and £2.70 adult return fare)
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    When
    • Please refer to the calendar for updated starting times and availability
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    Provider
    Oxford River Cruises Ltd
    Booking fee
    Good news! No extra fees are applied to this booking.
    Cancellation policy
    Unfortunately, we can't offer you a refund nor can we change or cancel your booking for this particular product, due to our partner's policy.

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