Recreate the real Alice in Wonderland’s river trip

Oxford, Oxfordshire

Take an Oxford River Cruise trip along the Thames (or Isis as it’s called in Oxford) just like the real Alice in Wonderland many years ago.


It was on a ‘golden afternoon’ in 1862 that Charles Dodgson, (Lewis Carroll) a Mathematics don at Christ Church, took Alice Liddell and her sisters on a boat trip along the River Thames.  As usual, they pestered him for a story – which became Alice in Wonderland and was followed by Through the Looking- Glass.

You can retrace that magical journey aboard an Edwardian-style electric river launch, along the sleepy backwaters, past Binsey the real ‘treacle’ (ie healing’) well and as far at The Trout – made famous as one of Inspector Morse’s watering holes. Returning downstream the route takes you past iconic Oxford scenery including Christ Church Meadow, the Eights Week Rowing Course, the college boat houses and Folly Island.

If you’d like Oxford River Cruises to arrange a champagne picnic, Mad Hatter’s Cruise or Dinner Cruise they’ll be only too happy to oblige.

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