Punting in Oxford

 The Cherwell Boathouse

Cherwell BoathouseThe Cherwell Boathouse is one of the more "out-of-the-way" places to start your punting experience, but it is also one of the more beautiful and tranquil starting points. It has the advantage that you are more likely to be able to hire a punt here because it is not so easy for tourists to get to. Furthermore, if you work up an appetite on the river - which is highly likely in our experience - the Cherwell Boathouse is also an exquisite restaurant.

Suggested Trip

One of the most popular punting trips from the Cherwell Boat house is to punt to the Victoria Arms pub. To do this punt you just need to head up stream from the punting station. It normally takes 20-30 minutes to reach the Victoria Arms pub depending on your punting skills, or lack of them! When you reach the Victoria Arms it is just a short walk up the garden to reach your refreshment of choice. The Victoria Arms pub also serves pub style food.


Weekdays: GBP15 per hour / GBP60 all day
Weekend: GBP18 per hour / GBP70 all day
Deposit of 1 days hire.

Opening Times
10am to dusk

Contact Details

Tel: 01865 515978
Fax: 01865 553819
Email: info@cherwellboathouse.co.uk

Bardwell rd, Oxford OX2 6SR

Cherwell Boathouse

 Head of the River

Head of the RiverThe Head of the River pub is a good place to start your punting trip as well as to quench your thirst. There are actually two punting stations here, one by the pub and the other side of the road under Folley Bridge. This has the advantage that you are more likely to get a punt on a hot sunny day!

Interesting Facts
When you start punting from this location you will be on the river Thames (or the Isis as this stretch of the Thames is locally known) which is quite fast flowing and quite hard for a learner to punt. There are also larger powered boats to avoid. If you head downstream you pass Christchurch Meadow where you can punt away from the Thames up a smaller tributary where you are sure to find many other punts.

Contact Details

Tel: 01865 721600

Folly Bridge, Oxford OX1 4LB

 Magdalen Bridge Boathouse

Magdalen Bridge Boathouse The "Home of Oxford Punting", situated by the famous Magdalen Bridge, off of which Oxford University students have traditionally jumped on May Day mornings - risking life and limb!

Interesting Facts
Traditional flat-bototmed punts are available for hire, as are rowing boats and pedalos for those hoping for an easier ride. Booking is advised.
From the Magdalen Bridge Boathouse you will be punting on the River Cherwell, offering fantastic and lush scenery both up and downstream from the bridge. Your journey can take you past the famous Botanic Gardens and then through the unspoilt Christchurch meadows, where Lewis Carroll wrote Alice Through The Looking Glass, and past St. Hilda's College.


7 Days a week: GBP20 per hour / GBP70 all day

Opening Times
10am to dusk

Contact Details
Tel: 01865 202643.

Magdalen Bridge, Oxford.

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