River Cruises in Oxfordshire

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river adventures in oxfordshire

Experience the beauty of Oxfordshire from a unique perspective with river cruises that take you on a journey along the picturesque waterways. Oxford River Cruises offer a range of tours, allowing you to explore the tranquil river that winds through the heart of this historic county.

Scenic River Cruises with Oxford River Cruises

If you’re looking for a unique and relaxing way to explore the charming city of Oxford, look no further than Oxford River Cruises. Step aboard their beautifully appointed vessels and let the tranquil waters of the River Thames carry you on a memorable journey through this historic city. Oxford River Cruises offer a variety of cruises, below are just a small selection:

Scenic River Cruises

A variety of scenic cruises are available that allow you to witness the stunning beauty of Oxford’s riverside landmarks. Glide past iconic sights such as the Oxford University Boathouses, Folly Bridge, and the Botanic Gardens, while knowledgeable guides provide insightful commentary on the city’s history and architecture.

Afternoon Tea River Cruises

Indulge in a delightful afternoon tea while cruising along the serene River Thames. Treat yourself to a delectable selection of freshly baked scones, finger sandwiches, and sweet pastries, accompanied by a pot of fine tea.

Sunset River Cruises

Experience the magic of Oxford at twilight with a romantic sunset cruise. As the sun dips below the horizon, enjoy the golden hues reflecting on the water while sipping a glass of chilled champagne. This enchanting journey provides the perfect backdrop for special moments and creates lasting memories.

Evening Cocktail River Cruise

Experience the epitome of a perfect summer evening with a serene cocktail cruise that offers a unique way to enjoy the river. Sip on a refreshing cocktail, expertly crafted by skilled bartenders at The Folly, as you embark on a classic tour of the majestic River Thames, meandering through the heart of Oxford. Departing from the picturesque moorings at The Folly, Folly Bridge, Oxford, OX1 4JU, this delightful cruise offers approximately 40 minutes of pure bliss. And should you wish to extend your experience, you can continue to indulge in further drinks at The Folly bar.

Private Hire

For those seeking an intimate and exclusive experience, Oxford River Cruises offers private hire options. Whether you’re planning a romantic getaway, celebrating a special occasion, or organising a corporate event, their attentive crew can tailor the cruise to your specific needs, ensuring a memorable and personalised experience for you and your guests.

Group Bookings and Events

Oxford River Cruises welcomes group bookings and can accommodate various events, including birthdays, family gatherings, and corporate outings. Their vessels are equipped with modern facilities, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone onboard.

Wildlife Encounters

The River Thames is home to a diverse range of wildlife, and Oxford River Cruises provides an ideal vantage point to observe these fascinating creatures in their natural habitat. Keep your eyes peeled for swans, ducks, herons, and other birds, as well as occasional glimpses of otters and kingfishers! Oxford River Cruises are committed to minimising their impact on the environment. Their vessels are designed to be eco-friendly, employing low-emission engines and utilising sustainable practices to preserve the natural beauty of the River Thames for future generations.
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Thames River Adventures with Salter’s Steamers

For over 160 years, Salter’s Steamers has been a trusted name in providing exceptional hospitality on the River Thames. As one of the longest-established firms on the river, they boast an impressive fleet and a reputation for combining traditional style with contemporary comforts. Offering a range of popular boat trips, Salter’s Steamers allows you to explore the stunning scenery of the Upper Thames, from the historic city of Oxford to the charming town of Marlow.

Short Trips to Oxford and Marlow

Oxford, a city steeped in history and academia, beckons visitors with its charm. Salter’s Steamers offers 40-minute return trips from April to September, taking you from the heart of Oxford to Iffley Lock. Departing daily at various times, these cruises provide an enchanting experience as you glide along the river, taking in the beauty of the surroundings. Tickets are priced at £12.50 for adults and £8.00 for children, with children under 3 enjoying free admission.
Marlow, known for its idyllic riverside setting, is another delightful destination offered by Salter’s Steamers. Enjoy a 40-minute return trip to Temple Lock, departing hourly from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm during the season. Depending on the weather, this service may continue on weekends out of season. Adult tickets are priced at £10.00, while children can join for £7.00, and children under 3 can come along for free.

Alice in Wonderland River Cruise

If you’re a fan of Lewis Carroll’s beloved tale, the Alice in Wonderland Cruise is a must-try. This 2.5-hour round trip will take you on a magical journey, passing through Iffley Lock and Port Meadow. Admire the captivating views along the way and the world of Alice as you explore the wonders of the river. Departing from Folly Bridge at 12:00, adult tickets are priced at £26.50, children can join for £17.50, and children under 3 are welcome aboard for free.

Picnic River Cruises

For a leisurely lunchtime experience, the Picnic Cruise is perfect. Embark on a 2.5-hour round trip that includes views of Iffley Lock and Port Meadow, all while enjoying a gourmet picnic lunch. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the river as you indulge in a freshly prepared meal, surrounded by the stunning open landscape and wildlife of Port Meadow. The Picnic Cruise departs from Folly Bridge at 12:00 and is priced at £39.50 for adults and £30.50 for children. Children under 3 can join in the fun at no cost.

Convenient Departure Points

Salter’s Steamers depart from below their head office on Folly Bridge in Oxford, conveniently accessible by car, train, or coach. If you’re driving, the nearest parking is available at the Westgate shopping centre on Oxpens Road. Alternatively, you can utilise the Park and Ride service from the Redbridge roundabout. For those arriving by train, the Oxford train station is just 0.8 miles away from Folly Bridge.


Salter’s Steamers proudly supports the Wallingford Bunkfest, a charitable festival of music, dance, steam, and beer. During this event, they operate scheduled jazz and folk cruises throughout the day.
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