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Oxford: Sightseeing River Cruise

1. Oxford: Sightseeing River Cruise

This river cruise takes you on a fascinating stretch of the Thames River, starting with the University Regatta Course and heading towards the quaint Iffley village. This section of the river – referred to by the locals as the Isis – is one of the liveliest, and paints an accurate picture of the bustling river life. As you make your way down the river, you'll see the ancient Folly Bridge, Christchurch College and Meadows, the university rowing houses, and Iffley Lock. The waterways next to you contain rowers, punt boats, and pleasure cruisers, and are equally interesting to watch. During the cruise, your captain will share some history of the river and gladly answer any questions. Your cruising vessel will be one from a fleet of many Edwardian-style river launches. These boats combine the elegant lines and teak interiors of the early 1900s with the environmentally-friendly, zero-emission electric technology of today.

Oxford: Evening Sightseeing River Cruise & Cocktails

2. Oxford: Evening Sightseeing River Cruise & Cocktails

Traveling down the University Regatta course, the boat passes Christ Church Meadows, the University College Boat Houses, and other landmarks. This is often a busy and vibrant section of the river where training rowing crews, punts, and pleasure boats jostle for river space in a wonderful display of Oxford at play. All this whilst enjoying a carefully crafted cocktail of your choice, ordered before you depart at the historic Folly Bridge.

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What people are saying about Folly Bridge

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 323 reviews

The starting point is through entering The Folly pub, a very pretty place. It was a small boat so a friendly experience. So calm and peaceful cruising along gently along the River Isis/Thames. Whilst it was not an official tour, all questions were answered informatively. Our two hosts were very approachable and friendly. Lovely experience and well worth it to get a side of Oxford you’d never see any other way.

Enjoyed this cruise very much. Been living in this area for over 50 years and it was lovely to see parts of it from the river. Lovely day, great tour guide (JAKE).

Had a lovely time, even though it was lashing out of the heavens,was extremely cozy,very informative and entertaining . would definitely recommend.

very nice to have a more intimate experience and a very pleasant and knowledgeable skipper

It was an amazing experience and we really enjoyed the host.