Have the ultimate Oxford experience - punting on the river. Sit back and enjoy this idyllic meander through the tree lined river banks with the water lapping by and the ducks looking for treats.
What to Expect
The rendezvous and starting point is at the Cherwell Boathouse, a picturesque bar/cafe, restaurant, and of course punting station, right on the river, just over 1 mile from the city centre. A fabulous location to have a drink, a snack, or something more substantial before or after the punting expedition.
The route meanders down the river, passing on the right the Dragon School, whose famous former pupils include Hugh "House" Laurie, and Emma Watson (Hermione in Harry Potter).
Continuing on this leisurely course the next highlight is Lady Margaret Hall, known as LMH, founded in 1878 specifically to admit women to the University for the first time.
Soon the lovely arch of Rainbow Bridge comes in to view, and on the right the University Parks, so called because in the English Civil War the King parked his artillery there. The University Cricket Club plays matches here - another quintessential English experience.
Passing by Parson's Pleasure, a former nudist bathing spot, it's not long before the turning round point appears through the arches of trees.
Sail back to the starting point, enjoying the peace and quiet, the English summer landscape, and the prospect of refreshments at journey's end.
- Punt hire
- Punting lesson if requested