Punting - a favourite Oxford past time for visitors, residents and students alike.
At Magdalen Bridge Boathouse you can hire a punt for an hour or if you want to make a day of it, you can stay on the river as long as you like, returning the punt to the boathouse at least half an hour before sunset.
The trip: As you set off south from the boathouse you glide gently past Oxford's famous Botanic Gardens, through Christ Church College Meadows, where Lewis Carroll taught in the mid-19th century when he wrote the famous Alice Through the Looking Glass (1871) and Alice in Wonderland (1865). Then either take the river left past St Hilda's College gardens, past the stunning Magdalen School rose gardens, under the miniature white bridges and back past the Botanic Gardens to the Boathouse. Or alternatively, if you are feeling adventurous, continue south towards the Isis (Oxford's name for the River Thames), along the entire Christ Church Meadow to where the river opens up allowing you to enjoy this stunning natural river environment.
Another option is to travel north from the Boathouse, past Magdalen College Tower and up past the Angel and Greyhound meadows, past Magdalen College gardens and into Oxford's stunning countryside
Basic training is available for beginners
Boat Hire Terms: Boat hire is subject to our boat hire Terms & Conditions. Boats returned more than 5 minutes after the hour will incur an extra 15 minutes hire cost - and then a further 15 minutes charge, 20 minutes after the hour and so on.