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We begin and end in beautiful Abingdon-on-Thames where the mediaeval buildings drip down into the water. With a gentle walk, a little bit on the coach and a two-hour country cruise this tour is a real crowd-pleaser.

Please meet our Blue Badge Guide at 10.30am in the heart of Abingdon, 5 miles south of Oxford. There are cafes on the open Market Place where you can buy morning refreshments.

Abingdon has a good claim to be one of our oldest towns with folk living by the river since the Bronze Age.

With 200 listed buildings and a wealth of local stories flat and compact Abingdon is ideal for a gentle trail.

We weave our way through the ghosts of the old Abbey, run with all the brutal efficiency of a modern profit hungry corporation. We see the little church by the gate that the monks built for the peasants and enjoy rare access to some of the mediaeval buildings by the river left behind when Henry VIII's men dismantled the Abbey. Inside is a small theatre created at the time of the coronation of our present Queen.

After free time in the centre of town for lunch a short countryside drive takes us to the Folly Bridge on the edge of Oxford to board an Edwardian cruiser with an all weather cabin and a glorious open deck. A very pleasant two-hour cruise downstream past Christ Church Meadows takes us through the beautiful Iffley Lock and out past Rose Island into beautiful open countryside. We negotiate the deepest lock on the non-tidal Thames and pass magnificent Nuneham House built for the Harcourt family and saved Downton style by marriage to an American heiress.

Buy a cake in Abingdon to bring on board and enjoy with a cup of tea (although there are cold drinks and bar drinks if you prefer) before we moor up by the curiously octagonal Old Gaol back in Abingdon where the coach will be ready to take you home at 4.45pm.

Jam Buster Option

Arrive in Abingdon at 11.45am ready for an early lunch at midday. Then enjoy the town trail and visit the Abbey buildings. We pause for a cuppa before boarding the boat in Abingdon at 4.45pm reaching Oxford at 6.30pm.

Adults & Seniors: £31

Available daily April-October

For members who can’t climb the Abbey steps there is a pretty little riverside garden to enjoy.

Price Valid to 31 March 2021

3 miles