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Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise in Oxford

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Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise in Oxford

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icon1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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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
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Afternoon tea
Live commentary on board
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
The Folly Restaurant , 1 Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4JU, UK

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

This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Oxford River Cruises
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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What is the policy on sanitization during Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise in Oxford?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise in Oxford?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise in Oxford.
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise in Oxford?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Don’t miss it!
, 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
, 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
, Jun 2022
A really good trip great host and a good afternoon tea. Very relaxing Would recommend this trip down the river
1 traveler found this review helpful
A very relaxed trip along...
, Jun 2022
A very relaxed trip along a beautiful stretch of river. Food was yummy and the guide/captain was great.
Not worth £45 each
, Jun 2022
The table spilling over with all the cakes etc when somebody boarded the boat. There were 2 tables that didn't move at all then there were 2 tables that should not have been used as they both had to be held to stop total carnage. The guide did his best to get replacements but it was all unsteady until we got moving but you Darenth move. Then when we got to eat the sandwiches which were crusted on top as nothing was covered we ate them as we had paid £90 for the trip. Totally disappointed. The 2 tables of 4 people had a proper substantial table but we and the other couple had, in our opinion, 2 tables that should not have been on there.
Wonderful experience
, Jun 2022
Excellent guide followed by exceptional afternoon tea. Staff very helpful, small number on boat made it a thoroughly enjoyable experience
Lovely way to spend an hour in Oxford
, Jun 2022
Tranquil afternoon on the river. Well organised. Fabulous afternoon tea. Good communication prior to the event
Best trip in oxford
, Jun 2022
Beautiful boat with the most incredible afternoon tea. The guide was knowledgable and charming. Best thing we did in Oxford and would highly recommend to anyone!
Wry commentary, good scones.
, May 2022
Excellent information delivered in a wry style by Ellie. Good sandwiches, excellent scones, good cakes. Entertaining ducks. Cool on the river in May, bring a windproof. Had a drink in the restaurant whilst waiting, good ambience.
River, tea, scones!!!
, May 2022
Wonderful boat tour along the Thames. It was a beautiful sunny day with lots of student rowing teams on the water. Captain Jack was very informative. The food and tea were really good too.
A whole new way to...
, May 2022
A whole new way to experience the river from Folly Bridge to Iffley Lock - and back again, whilst eating a delicious (and very generous) tea. Jo was our skipper and guide who did a great job telling us about local sights and making sure we were comfortable on the boat....and had plenty of tea. Excellent way to celebrate a special occasion.
An interesting and enjoyable day out
, Apr 2022
Our man pointed out all the interesting places along the river and was very knowledgeable.. He certainly knew how to handle the boat and the lock and was very pleasant. The food was excellent too
Peaceful afternoon tea on the Thames
, Sep 2021
Food was lovely. I was under the impression we would be able to buy drinks on board which was not the case.
Lovely experience
, Aug 2021
Such a lovely experience for my sisters 50th birthday. The food was yummy and the host was so funny!
Relaxing - delicious but a bit pricey
, Jul 2021
Relaxing after living with COVID restrictions Had to request a decent seat though and were accommodated as designated boat was over crowded and trip advertised as quiet but had screaming child aboard
The lock
, Aug 2020
Had a lovely experience, felt like it was a perfect amount of time. The afternoon tea was really yummy and the tour guide answered all of our questions perfectly. Would deffo recommend to anyone who wants to see another side to Oxford!
Highlight of our trip
, Jul 2020
This afternoon tea river cruise definitely was the highlight of our Oxford trip. The guide was really good and energetic. Highly recommend to anyone
We had a terrific and very enjoyable...
, Oct 2017
We had a terrific and very enjoyable experience all around, from the wonderful--personable, joyful, and entertaining--captain to the delicious selection of sandwiches and sweets for the tea and I rarely, if ever, eat either sandwiches or sweets! to the route itself. The trip was truly idyllic--a calm and quite beautiful voyage through gorgeous areas of greenery and some waterfront houses. We would have enjoyed an even longer trip. The other passengers turned out to be terrific as well..a mix of people form the UK, along with a number of others from other countries. All amiable and pleasant. A small group, which made the trip even more enjoyable. We would definitely recommend the trip and would love to do it again ourselves!
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This was a very relaxing, slow paced...
Jeff P
, Aug 2017
This was a very relaxing, slow paced trip on the Thames. The food was excellent and more than enough for an afternoon snack. A perfect break from walking all over Oxford. The only reason it was not 5 stars was that our captain, captain Chris, gave very little information about the river or the area. He was super nice and answered questions, but this was not a guided tour. So if you are wanting a peaceful, relaxing cruise with good food and tea, this is it. Just don't expect to have a running commentary along the journey.
Very peaceful trip down the Thames...
William F
, Aug 2017
Very peaceful trip down the Thames and through Iffley Lock. The high tea set up was sumptuous : finger sandwiches, scones, small sweets - all delightful. Tea also was good, of course, although English Breakfast was the designated variety and there was no other choice.
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