Oxford Afternoon Tea River Cruise

River Thames, Oxford

  • Departures from the famous Folly Bridge
  • Charming Edwardian-style boats
  • Enjoy afternoon tea whilst you cruise
  • Vouchers for 1 to 12 people


What's Included

  • Enjoy a relaxing afternoon cruise on the River Thames in Oxford
  • Aboard the boat you will be served an indulgent afternoon tea
  • Sightseeing cruises last approximately 1.5 hours
  • You will form part of a group of up to 12 people

The Route

  • Travel along the University Regatta course
  • View the University Boat Houses and Christ Church Meadows
  • Sail through Water Meadows and spot wildlife around Iffley
  • Travel through ancient Iffley Lock
  • Turn for home at Rose Island

What Can I Expect

All aboard for the afternoon tea cruise in Oxford! Glide along the River Thames to see the sights in the city of dreaming spires. These delightful cruises set off from Folly Bridge and last around one and a half hours.

The lovely Edwardian-style launches operating these cruises seat up to 12 people, so it's a small and intimate affair for your afternoon tea afloat. We are offering vouchers for one to twelve, so you can go solo, as a couple, a family or a select group of friends.

Once onboard, you'll find cushioned seating at the front of the boat and a table at the bow end. These charming vessels have roof and side canopies, keeping you cool in the heat and cosy in less clement weather. And we must mention the fact that these boats are electric, so you'll be gliding silently in an environmentally friendly fashion along the Thames!

Embarking from the historic stone Folly Bridge, you will cruise the same route as the University Regatta course. Past Christchurch Meadows and the university boat houses, you arrive at Iffley lock with its stone bridge and lock keeper's cottage. There's always lots to see here, with punts, rowers and many other water users having fun on this section of the Thames.

Passing by lovely meadowlands, you'll reach Rose Island with its idyllic private house, which was once the Swan Hotel. This tranquil little isle was a favourite spot of a certain local scholar Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll. And indeed, it's said it's one of many Oxford locations that inspired him to write Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

This is the point at which the boat will make a turn and head back to Folly Bridge. Throughout your journey, the main sights and landmarks of Oxford will be pointed out to you - and all this whilst you enjoy afternoon tea, which is provided by the Folly, the waterside restaurant right next to the boat pier.

We think these afternoon tea cruises from Oxford's iconic Folly Bridge make for a superb day out on the water for all ages. Sit back, relax and take in the sights whilst tucking into delicious scones, cakes and sandwiches.


  • Afternoon tea cruises operate between March and November
  • Cruises generally depart at 12:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm and 4:00pm


  • Cruises depart from the moorings at The Folly in Central Oxford

Suitable For

  • Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult


  • Spectators are welcome to watch your departure from the moorings

Anything Else

  • Drinks to take on board can be purchased at the departure point
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