Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise in Oxford

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
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From $62.31

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You will not receive a refund if you cancel.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Set sail for a romantic cruise through the heart of Oxford on this 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise, including afternoon tea served on-board. Tuck into traditional English teatime treats like finger sandwiches and scones with jam and clotted cream, as you glide downstream. Following a scenic route along the University Regatta Course, you’ll discover Oxford’s surprising greenery and enjoy marvelous views of the University Boat Houses, Christ Church Meadows and Iffley lock.
  • 1.5-hour Thames River cruise in Oxford with afternoon tea
  • Marvel at Oxford’s green banks, locks and boathouses from the water
  • Enjoy a decadent afternoon tea on-board, including finger sandwiches, cakes and cream scones
  • Live commentary on-board ensures you don’t miss anything!
  • Romantic experience, perfect for couples
  • Great introduction to Oxford for first-time visitors
  • This small-group tour ensures a personalised experience

What's Included

  • Local taxes
  • Afternoon tea
  • Driver/guide
  • Live commentary on board
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • The Folly Restaurant
    1 Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4JU, UK

    Please 'check-in' at The Folly restaurant reception.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant meals not included
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Any allergies or dietary requirements should contact us directly, as early as possible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Not recommended for travellers with severe food allergies
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    Had such a lovely time catching up with am old friend enjoying afternoon tea in the beautiful weather. Our guide was lovely and was very friendly, and handled the unmanned locks like a pro. I would recommend this to everyone!


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    Great afternoon
    Sara_A, Jun 2023
    Great afternoon, nice way to enjoy the river without the busy tourists. Very friendly and helpful staff. Nice solo or with company
    A delightful experience!
    Shannon_M, May 2023
    A delightful experience! The guide was very informative and told stories with wonderful humor. The tea was delicious--terrific sandwiches and scones. Highly recommend!
    Daughters 21st Birthday
    Susan_B, May 2023
    A lovely time on the River Cruise, host was very knowledgeable and informative. The Cream tea presentation was lovely apart from the sandwich bread being dry and stale.
    Relaxing way to finish a trip to England
    Lorrie_I, May 2023
    Listening to our pilot explain how the locks along the river work. Seeing the barge/houseboats on the rivers edge. Seeing families of geese with babies float by our boat.
    Mother’s Day Tea Cruise
    MaryEllen_H, May 2023
    Spent a beautiful Sunny day on the Thames in Oxford with friends enjoying a delicious High Tea, Sandwiches, Scones and Pastry. Paul, our skipper, & the Staff at The Folly Restaurant made our cruise very enjoyable! And, the BEST Scones Ever!!!
    Highly Recommended A Delicious Tea and a River Cruise
    Eugenia_F, May 2023
    A great way to see Oxford by boat, enjoying a delicious cream tea and the idyllic scenes along the river. It would be good if there was a little commentary, nothing too heavy, just to point out a few of the sights.
    Oxford Rivery Cruise
    Hubert_A, Apr 2023
    Although it was pretty cold and very rainy, we had a great time. The food was decent, and the sights from the boat did meet my expectations.
    Great time!
    Mary_M, Apr 2023
    Skipper Nick was very knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. The food and tea were very good and the quantity was more than we expected!
    Excellent way to spend the afternoon
    Mary_W, Apr 2023
    Had a great time celebrating my sisters birthday the cream tea was great and capitan Evie was excellent thank you.
    This was an amazing...
    Elina_M, Mar 2023
    This was an amazing experience and the staff were so helpful. We where running late and they arranged for us to have our afternoon tea at the restaurant with the river view. And the guide on the cruise was extremely entertaining we had alot of fun. Thank for helping us experience Oxford the way we did.
    Great river boat experience
    Margaret_G, Mar 2023
    Seeing the wild life along the trip, despite the very cold weather, it was still very enjoyable, our tour guide was very friendly and made our trip a one to one experience.
    Great cruise!
    Pamela_K, Nov 2022
    Beautiful day! Knowledgeable and friendly captain. I enjoyed a lovely tea service while my husband enjoyed the cruise!
    Relaxing afternoon on the river
    Amanda_H, Oct 2022
    Beautiful weather for a trip on the river, well looked after, generous afternoon tea, great guide. Saw a kingfisher, couldn’t ask for more.
    Very enjoyable cruise,...
    james_g, Sep 2022
    Very enjoyable cruise, relaxing, afternoon tea and treats were delicious!Captain Nick was a great guide and told interesting and humorous stories about the buildings, boats and landmarks along the river.
    A wonderful relaxing afternoon
    Sarah_J, Sep 2022
    Had such a lovely time catching up with am old friend enjoying afternoon tea in the beautiful weather. Our guide was lovely and was very friendly, and handled the unmanned locks like a pro. I would recommend this to everyone!
    Lovely lunch cruise!
    Patricia_B, Aug 2022
    Food and tea was very good and our lovely driver/guide was delightful! Quite knowledgeable! It was lightly raining but we were kept warm and dry!
    Such an enjoyable...
    Lesley_F, Aug 2022
    Such an enjoyable experience. Lovely afternoon tea, trip was very well organised by staff. Highly recommend.
    A relaxing afternoon tea
    Bobby_S, Aug 2022
    A really nice experience on the river and lovely food and friendly staff would highly recommend this trip
    Not worth the Money
    SenD_L, Jul 2022
    The disorganisation of the boarding & provisioning of boat was irritating. Having one tea bag per person was mean. There was no choice of white/brown bread. We had all white, others had a mix; hate white bread! Skipper/ guide had very limited knowledge to impart.
    River cruise 🚢
    Parveen_S, Jul 2022
    We had a great experience on the boat and the tea was very nice and tasty 😀 Children really enjoyed it 😀
    Good value for money .
    Angela_K, Jul 2022
    We enjoyed the whole experience, from the booking through to the efficiency of all the staff before the trip during and after , would recommend this trip to anyone . Thank you to Jake the tour guide , excellent.
    Fun, great food and history of Oxford
    Scott_S, Jul 2022
    A great tour of Oxford with great food and a fantastic guide (George) who knew the history of the school, crews and city inside and out! Lovely way to spend the afternoon!
    Experience was good overall, but less than expected
    Ray_S, Jul 2022
    Boat was nice; tea, scones and sandwiches were fine; but seared in bow - very hard to hear the woman “driving” the boat and explaining the features we were seeing.
    Oxford on the water from Folly restaurant
    Kim_J, Jul 2022
    We really enjoyed our cruise, great afternoon tea good company, a good way to see a different part of Oxford especially on a bright sunny day. The pilot was very informative and made our day.
    Pleasant way to spend an afternoon!
    Leanne_A, Jul 2022
    Afternoon tea was nice- sandwiches need to be covered in cling film to ensure don’t dry out. Scones were lovely. Boat trip was relaxing- great way to spend a sunny afternoon!
    JamesW_S, Jul 2022
    A MUST for visiting Oxford! Our guide Joe was great. Relaxing, good food & romantic. Well organized.
    Don’t miss it!
    Kristin_W, Jun 2022
    Folly Restaurant provided the food and they are fantastic. Boat was clean and comfy and tea and food wonderful. The captain was informative and the River view just beautiful. Unforgettable! Truly recommend!
    Birthday celebrations in Oxford
    Joyce_O, Jun 2022
    I booked this for my husband's birthday as part of a weekend away in Oxford with the family and it was brilliant! The afternoon tea was delicious, the guide tour shared lots of local knowledge and was very funny! And the gorgeous sunny weather helped too. It was great value for money and the children enjoyed it as well! ( 14 and 10 years old).
    Afternoon Tea
    Julie_W, Jun 2022
    A really good trip great host and a good afternoon tea. Very relaxing Would recommend this trip down the river
    A very relaxed trip along...
    Karin_F, Jun 2022
    A very relaxed trip along a beautiful stretch of river. Food was yummy and the guide/captain was great.

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