Hire a narrowboat for the day from Oxfordshire Narrowboats - renowned for our top-quality purpose-designed craft. We show you how everything works, including the locks and lift bridges, and set you off on your voyage of discovery for a day out like no other. You can hire the boat for yourself ('self-drive') or we can provide skippered charter (your guided tour on water!). Hiring a boat for the day is the perfect tonic to a busy tour itinerary or lifestyle! Sightsee Oxford from a totally unique perspective. Celebrate your birthday, graduation, or anniversary afloat - or simply get a group of friends or business clients together for a memorable day out.
Use our boat for an entertaining day away for your corporate event for clients or staff.
From our Thrupp Canal Centre you can enjoy a totally relaxing day in the country, or embark on a fantastic must-do tour of Oxford by water. Cruise into and around Oxford on both the royal River Thames and the Oxford Canal, sightseeing Port Meadow and the Dreaming Spires, the famous Folly Bridge and adjacent Christchurch meadow, cruising through bohemian Jericho, pas the ruins of Godstow Priory where the ghost of Rasamund the Fair still lingers.... Alternatively, why not moor at a waterside pub and take in the many familiar sights of the waterways that played such an important part in the 'Inspector Morse' TV series. Whichever route you choose, each boat is fully licensed for all the waterways, so there are no hidden extras.
Travel South: The Oxford Ring
This is one of Britain's smallest circular cruising 'rings' - and a must for canal enthusiasts and sightseers alike. Head south from Thrupp toward Oxford along the canal as far as the secretive Dukes Cut, cleverly allowing access to the adjacent River Thames, for the most stunning views of Oxford's skyline across Port Meadow. Glide serenely downstream into central Oxford - taking in the rowing eights and famous college barges and boathouses. Moor at Folly Bridge for a glimpse of the bustle of the city, but don't forget to allow enough time for your return journey either back up the river or) more interestingly) along the Oxford canal through Jericho and St Ebbes.
Total return trip 7hrs
Travel North: The Cherwell Valley
Head north from the pictureque canal hamlet of Thrupp along the rural Oxford Canal encountering kingfishers, woodpeckers amid this beautiful wooded valley. Travel as far north as Kirtlington and discover the fossil-laden former quarry, providing an excellent mooring from which to visit this classic Oxfordshire village. Enjoy a relaxing lunch at one of several excellent Inns along or near the canal. Walk the towpath or simply moor up near the river and let the day float by...
Total return trip to Kirlington 6hrs
Self-Hire day rates:
Prices from £135.00 - £205.00
Day hire boats each carry 10 people (unless you choose a skippered charter.)
There is an additional fee for a skippered charter, please phone for details.
Open all the time
All day hire 09:30 to 17:30. March - October. Late returns incur a charge / loss of deposit, please check booking terms.
Canal Wharf, Station Road, Lower Heyford, Bicester, OX25 5PD
Day hire boat users can prebook a free collection service from Oxford and Hanborough rail stations, from central Oxford, and from Peatree Park & Riade. Please take advantage of this service to reduce traffic through Thrupp.
Parking : free