The Spirit of Oxford Cruise explores the areas of Oxford 'off the beaten track' that lie at the heart of the city's unique charm.
About this activity
Duration 2.5 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund
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Relax aboard a 2.5-hour sightseeing tour
Pass through Osney Lock
Enjoy stunning scenery at Port Meadow
Take short stop at the historic Perch Inn
See Christ Church Meadow and college glimpses
Follow the river route that inspired Alice in Wonderland
Departing Folly Bridge in Oxford city center, the cruise travels upstream passing quaint residential suburbs before reaching Binsey and majestic Port Meadow. These areas of unexpected natural beauty have inspired the work of Oxford's best loved literary icons including Lewis Carroll, C S Lewis, Evelyn Waugh, and Gerard Manly Hopkins. These sights 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 stories of the land of Narnia.
As the boat returns to the city center the downstream route goes past iconic Oxford scenery including Christchurch Meadows and College, the University Regatta Course, the College Boat Houses, and Folly Island. During the cruise your skipper will offer a little of the history of these famous reaches of the river and will be happy to respond to any questions that you might have.
What’s Not Included
Food and drink
When you get there
The cruise departs from the moorings at The Folly Restaurant, 1 Folly Bridge, Oxford, OX1 4JU.