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
  • Visit the Tudor manor house of Dorney Court
  • Tour the Stanley Spencer Gallery at Cookham
  • English cream tea at the Stafford Hotel, London
  • Visit Henley-on-Thames, the Royal Regatta town
  • Tour of Christ Church College, Oxford
  • Great walking and bicycling opportunities along the Thames Footpath
  • Tour of Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) on selected departures

'Downton Abbey' Cruises

For a number of departures (April 1 & 8; May 6 & 27; Jul 8, 15 & 22; Aug 12; Sep 2 2018) on hotel barge Magna Carta classic cruises, an excursion to Highclere Castle is included, setting for the renowned period drama series, Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey

Typical Cuisine & Wine


Regional Specialities

Roasted Guinea Fowl with Wild Mushrooms; Rack of Lamb with a Herb Crust, Sweet Potatoes and Spinach; Breast of Duck with Port Sauce and Cherries
Wine Cellar

Wine Cellar

Les Damnée des Prieur, Sancerre; l Domaine de la Croix Jacquelet, Faiveley Montagny; Les Pontilles, Sauvignon Blanc; Don Cayetano Merlot
Cheese Board

Cheese Board

Cropwell Bishop Organic Stilton; Dunsyre Blue Bath Soft Cheese; Applewood Smoked Cheddar; Oxford Isis


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

Deck Plan

Magna Carta
Deluxe 8 Passengers 4 Crew More Details

2018 Cruise Rates

Single Supplement$1,450$1,650
Charter (Whole Barge)
Charter 6 passengers$30,900$35,900
Charter 7 passengers$32,300$37,500
Charter 8 passengers$33,700$39,100
Departure Dates (Sunday)RatesCruise Region
Mar 25; Apr 1, 8, 15, 22ValEngland
Apr 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27; Jun 3, 10, 17, 24; Jul 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; Aug 5, 12, 19, 26; Sep 2, 9, 16, 23, 30RegEngland
Oct 7, 14, 21ValEngland

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