Magna Carta hotel barge

Cruising between Hampton Court and Henley-on-Thames on the river Thames
The barge Magna Carta

Accommodating up to 8 passengers

View of the Magna Carta

Magna Carta is rated 5 star

Book now for 2020

  • 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
  • Enjoy 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
  • A tour of Highclere Castle (Downton Abbey) is also available on selected departure dates

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Brochure Factsheet Henley-on-Thames on the River Thames

Cruise information file for Magna Carta


Crew members : 4

Boat size
Length 116′10″ ft (35.6 metres)
Width 0′0″ ft (0 metres)

Number of bicycles : 4


Up to 8 guests

Suites : 4


Central heating


Spa or pool


TV/DVD in suites

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About the barge "Magna Carta"

Magna Carta barge cruises

One of the most luxurious vessels cruising in the British Isles, the Magna Carta provides a truly relaxing holiday.
The ambience created by combining a traditional 1936-built barge hull with fine mahogany, teak and oak wood is outstanding.
Modern amenities include underfloor heating, spa pool and contemporary ensuite facilities for the four air-conditioned /centrally heated, spacious 200sq feet suites, complete with TV/DVD.
The upper deck saloon and dining area feature picture windows and stylish furnishings.
Your master chef produces a range of mouthwatering dishes whilst you enjoy the riverside surroundings from your floating country hotel.

On deck you can make use of the spa pool or take one of the 8 touring bikes for a ride.
4 British crew accompany you throughout your stay attending to your needs both aboard and on shore.

Plan of Magna Carta

Plan of the hotel barge Magna Carta

Magna Carta cruise routes & itineraries

Cruising between Hampton Court and Henley-on-Thames on the River Thames

Hampton Court Palace
We meet our guests in central London at the Stafford Hotel.  Enjoy a traditional English Cream Tea before being transferred by private chauffeured minibus to Magna Carta where a champage reception awaits.
Dinner on board.

Hampton Court Palace to Runnymeed
After a hearty breakfast we will explore the sunning interior and extensive grounds of Hampton Court Palace.
we then return to Magna Carta for lunch on board  and our first cruise passing through a number of locks including Sunbury and Molesey before mooring at Runnymeed.
Dinner on board.


Runnymeed to Windsor
This morning is to be very relaxing as we use the spa facilities of the recently refurbished Runnymeed-on-Thames Hotel.  Sit back and enjoy the views as we then cruise past the Magna Carta Memorial to our mooring at Windsor.
Do check to see if the Royal Standard is flying... perhaps the Queen is at home today!  We'll visit Windor Castle, the largest inhabited castle in the world including the State Apartments, St George's Chapel, home of some recent Royal Weddings, and enjoy the far reaching views.
Dinner on board.

Windsor to Cliveden
We step back in time today as we visit the Tudor Manor House of Dorney Court, which has been in the Palmer family for over 450 years.
In the afternoon, there's time relax on board and admire the fabulous waterside houses of Bray as we cruise to our evening mooring on the celebrated Cliveden estate. 
Dinner on board.

Cliveden to Hurley
A busy day awaits!  After an early morning cruise we will visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham, and then continue on through Marlow and Hurley.  There will be a chance to tour Peter Freebody's traditional boatyard to discover this noble art, followed by an equally traditional pint of ale at Ye Olde Bell, reputed to the oldest pub in England.
On selected departure dates, we tour Highclere Castle, the real Downtown Abbey.
Dinner on board.

Hurely to Henley-on-Thames
We follow in the oars of many a famous rower this morning, along the Henley Regatta Rowing Course to our mooring at Henley-on-Thames.
Enjoy the views over an early lunch, before we head to the inspirational towers of Oxford's grandest college, Christ Church. A college was initially founded on this land by Cardinal Walsey in 1525. Christ Church as we know it today, was founded by King Henry VIII in 1546. Famous alumni include 13 British Prime Ministers, 17 Archbishops, the writer Lewis Caroll, he poet W H Auden and the eminent scientist Einstein.
We return to Magna Carta in time for a fabulous Captain's Farewell Dinner on board.

After breakfast, guests are transferred by private chauffeured minibus to their choice of location in central London.

Cruise rates

Henley-on-Thames on the River Thames dates and rates

Accommodation Regular Value 3 nights
Charter 8 passenger, whole boat 40600 35000 23200
Charter 7 passengers, whole boat 39000 33600 22400
Charter 6 passengers, whole boat 37400 32200 21600
Suite per person 5550 4750 3190
Single person supplement 1700 1500 950
Accommodation 2020 USA/CANADA Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 42500 USD 36000 USD
Whole boat charter for 7 40900 USD 34600 USD
Whole boat charter for 6 39300 USD 33200 USD
Suite per person, based on double occupancy 5850 USD 5890 USD
Single supplement 1800 USD 1550 USD
Accommodation 2020 UNITED KINGDOM Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 £29600 £25200
Whole boat charter for 7 £28600 £24400
Whole boat charter for 6 £27600 £23600
Suite per person, based on double occupancy £4050 £3390
Single supplement £1200 £1050
Accommodation 2020 ALL OTHER COUNTRIES Regular Value
Whole boat charter for 8 36700€ 31200€
Whole boat charter for 7 35300€ 29900€
Whole boat charter for 6 33900€ 28600€
Suite per person, based on double occupancy 5050€ 4190€
Single supplement 1550€ 1350€
Themed cruises:
Antiques charter: No supplement
Flower show charter, including visits to various gardens in southern England, and one day in either Hampton Court Flwoer Show or Chelsea Flower Show: No supplement
Golf charter: 950 USD/ £725 /825€ per player (minimum of 4 required)
Royal Cruise: 15,000 USD / £11,500 / 13,500€ supplement
Tennis charter: 400 USD / £300 / 350€ per player
Walking charter: 3250 USD / £2500 /2850€ supplement

- Departure Dates 2020-
Value April 5 to April 19
October 4 to October 25
Regular April 26 to September 27

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