Thames boating

We say
As it meanders upstream from the western suburbs of London, the Thames passes through some glorious English countryside. You can explore some of it by renting a pleasure cruiser or narrow boat (sleeping between two and 12 passengers). It's easy to learn the ropes, and no previous experience is needed.

Recommended boat hire: Hoseasons

Hoseasons says

Old Father Thames is England’s longest river, flowing 215 miles through nine counties. A boating holiday, meandering through a choice of sections of this magnificent river, is the best way to appreciate its beauty, wildlife and history. Imagine cruising past the spires of Oxford or magnificent Windsor Castle.

  • Motor cruisers
  • Narrow boats
  • Great value

We offer a wide range of pleasure cruisers and narrow boats sleeping from two up to 12 people with starting points in the Thames Valley, Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Each is fully equipped with bed linen, kitchen and (tiny) bathroom facilities and no prior experience is needed. We will give you instructions when you pick up your boat.

Here are a few examples of the boats we offer to give you a better idea. Claudette IV is one of a collection of heritage cruisers, with a sliding canopy so you can soak up the sunshine – or shelter from the rain!

Golden Tarn is a one-bedroom narrowboat, the perfect choice for drifting through pretty waterways, including the option to go through Oxford. Don’t forget you will need to negotiate locks. It’s all part of the fun.

If you prefer a more sleek and contemporary feel, Caprice is a great choice. It sleeps six and has a spacious sundeck plus two showers and loos.

We allow pets on some of our boats – make sure they have a harness – and you can usually bring along your bicycles too for some exercise along the towpaths.

Explore our choice of boating holidays on the Thames.