Magna Carta

Magna Carta is one of the finest, most luxurious vessels cruising the British Isles today.

Hotel Barge Magna Carta

Magna Carta will take you on a slow, meandering journey along the prettiest stretches of the River Thames, past Royal Palaces, quaint riverside towns and villages – a captivating mixture of olde worlde England and the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside.

From Henry VIII’s Hampton Court past Windsor Castle to Henley, with frequent stops allowing plenty of time to wander and explore as we follow this old Viking trading route through some of England’s prettiest counties. During the cruise, there is a diverse programme of escorted visits along the way – art galleries, stately homes including the real “Downton Abbey”, even a boatyard that has been building traditional river craft for centuries. There are also good cycling and walking opportunities along the ever-present Thames Towpath.

Magna Carta is a hotel barge that accommodates 8 guests and is one of the finest vessels cruising the waters of the British Isles today. Originally built in the 1930’s, today she is a luxurious and spacious ‘floating country hotel’ boasting a combination of traditional and contemporary features that create a very inviting ambience on board.

There is great attention to detail with the use of fine mahogany, teak and oak woods throughout, complemented by modern amenities such as under floor heating and TV/DVD players in the cabin suites.

The large saloon and dining area feature picture windows and stylish furnishings, and the sense of refined space continues in the four very generous, air-conditioned twin/double suites, with their combination of period furniture and contemporary en suite shower rooms.

Outside you can unwind in the heated spa pool, or enjoy a mouth-watering alfresco lunch prepared by your onboard master chef as you get admiring glances from passers-by.

Magna Carta is one of the most recognised vessels navigating the Royal River Thames today and her Captain who knows the river so well, together with his doting crew, will ensure your voyage of gentle exploration is an unforgettable experience.

Cruise Highlights

  • Explore Henry VIII’s Hampton Court Palace
  • Moor beneath and visit Windsor Castle
  • Tour of Cliveden and its gardens
  • Tour the Stanley Spencer Gallery at Cookham
  • Great walking and bicycling opportunities along the Thames Footpath
  • Tour of Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) on selected departures
  • English cream tea at the Stafford Hotel, London

'Downton Abbey' Cruises

Visit Highclere Castle – the setting of the critically acclaimed period drama, Downton Abbey, on the following departures:

April 11; May 2 July 11 & 25 August 1 & 29

Downton Abbey


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This was a great trip, Thanks

Mr Joseph Cook

Fabulous food, wonderful accommodations.

Mr Michael Slack , Oregon

Very expensive but I wouldn't have missed it. Will do it again.

Dr Stephen Ragatz

A wonderful barge! Always clean and everything was in their place. Never any clutter.

Lois J Paris , Pennsylvania

The total crew did everything they possibly could to make our trip memorable.

Mr Walter Job , Burlington ontario

Superior service, food, organization, just everything!

Mrs Carolyn Dixon , W. Melbourne, Fl.

Accommodations were spacious, service exceptional, cuisine delicious.

Ms Angela Zappia

We were pampered from the moment we stepped aboard, yet also felt like family, as if we had all known each other and been...

Mr Bruce Edgerton , Deep River, CT

Everything was perfect. Rooms, staff, food, excursions. Best experience I've ever had and I travel quite a bit.

Ms Cyndey Joyner

Nicest people possible. Everything on the boat was so comfortable. The food was outstanding.

Mr Donald Clark

A superb barge. Nothing too much trouble. In fact the crew thought of things to make us more comfortable before we could!

Mrs Diane Gornall , Wirral

Great service and food. Friendly team.

Mr Kenneth Khoury

Great accommodation, food even better

Mr Douglas Morehouse

Great service and food all round

Mr David McGain

Excellent facilities.....

Dr Mary Gresik

Wonderful crew. Always seeking to provide for all your needs. Exceptional chef. Great cabins. Professional, caring tour guide. The cruise could not be improved in...

Dr Nick Rounds

no problems at all, service outstanding

Mr Steven Swillinger


Mr Barry Ebner , Essex

There was absolutely nothing to not like about the Magna Carta, from the spacious bedroom and comfortable bed to the again, spacious and comfortable...

John , New Zealand

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Magna Carta
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