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Oxford: Scenic Sightseeing Cruise with Gourmet Picnic

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37 reviews

Activity provider: Oxford River Cruises

Oxford: Scenic Sightseeing Cruise with Gourmet Picnic

Activity provider: Oxford River Cruises
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From US$ 69.17 per person

This Oxford picnic cruise combines Oxford sightseeing with a leisurely picnic lunch and a relaxed experience of river life.

About this activity

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Duration 2.5 hours
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  • Enjoy a 2.5-hour river cruise to see the sights from a new perspective
  • Take in stunning river scenery including Christ Church College and Meadows the University Boat Houses and Historic Port Meadow
  • Pass through a Thames lock and take a break at an 800-year-old riverside inn
  • Dine from a generous picnic hamper
Full description
This cruise travels through the city past famous landmarks including Christchurch College and Meadows, the University boathouses and regatta course, the Head of the River and Folly Bridge . From the river passenegers 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 trip while 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 is provided by riverside restaurant, The Folly, and typically includes: • An selection of finger sandwiches • Homemade quiche or tart of the day • Homemade scones with strawberry jam, clotted cream and fresh strawberries  • Elderflower presse Served in a traditional picnic basket with napkins, crockery and glasses (to be returned to the crew at the end of the cruise). Drinks to take aboard can be purchased at the departure point.
  • Picnic lunch
  • 2.5-hour cruise
  • Drinks (can be purchased at the departure point)
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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Meeting point

The cruise departs from the moorings at The Folly, Folly Bridge, Oxford, OX1 4JU.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • If you have any dietary requirements, please contact the local partner as soon as you make the booking
  • The picnic contents may differ depending on availability
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 37 reviews

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We had an entertaining & informative guide to tell us about what we were seeing. He changed plan with no fuss on finding problems with one of the locks. Delicious picnic, we made sure the geese didn’t have any leftovers! Comfortable boat with rugs available, much appreciated as it was a breezy day. Beautiful experience being on the water.

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May 19, 2022

We had the best time. We were lucky with the weather, but even more lucky to get whole boat to ourselves. I think our boatman and guide was called Nick, and he was great! Very knowledgeable about the area and the wildlife on the river. Boat we had was gorgeous, lovely white leather seats, very comfortable! The picnic was nice too, all served in a lovely wicker basket. We were able to take alcoholic drinks form the Folly restaurant where you board. All in all, a great experience! Thank you Nick!

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June 6, 2021

Perfect way to unwind!

We did as Oxfordians do, and spent an hour or so at the Folly sipping gins and tonics pre-cruise. The boat held 12, and the others onboard were friendly and fun. The picnic hampers held a sweet, lovely, delicious picnic—quiche, scones, sweet butter, jam, and berries. The boat took us up the Thames, with a stop for a walk about, but we were having such a good time with our cruise mates, we stayed on board to chat. If you are considering this activity, go for it. We had a great time in a beautiful landscape.

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July 31, 2019

Product ID: 50195