Magna Carta Luxury Hotel Barge

Type:Hotel Boat

European Waterways Ltd, Waterways House, Riding Court, Riding Court Road, Datchet, Berkshire, SL3 9JT

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Magna Carta Luxury Hotel Barge


Cruise the Royal River Thames between Hampton Court and Henley on Thames on a slow, meandering journey along the prettiest stretches of the river, past Royal Palaces, quaint riverside towns and villages – a captivating mixture of olde worlde England and the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Luxury hotel barge Magna Carta accommodates up to 8 guests and is one of the finest vessels cruising the waters of the British Isles today. Originally built in the 1930s, 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.

From Henry VIII’s Hampton Court past Windsor Castle to Henley – famed for its Royal Regatta – with ample time to wander and explore as we follow this old Viking trading route through some of the country’s prettiest counties. 

Throughout the cruise, we offer a diverse programme of private excursions along the way – from art galleries to stately homes including Highclere Castle (the real Downton Abbey), and even a boatyard that has been building traditional river craft for centuries! There are also good cycling and walking opportunities along the sweeping Thames Towpath.

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 attentive crew, will ensure your voyage of gentle exploration is truly unforgettable. We look forward to welcoming you on board.

For prices and special offers, please visit our website​​​​​​​

Cruise Highlights

•    6-night All Inclusive Luxury Cruise
•    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

European Waterways 

Hotel Barging is a boutique, unique experience, which offers an immersive 6-night all-inclusive “gentle voyage of discovery” that focuses upon the culture, history, fine wine and gourmet cuisine of the region. With a 6- to 20-person capacity and 1:2 crew ratio, European Waterways is able to provide an impeccable level of onboard service and can transport guests on the intimate inland waterways that are inaccessible to larger vessels. This fascinating network of smaller canals allows for flexibility, spontaneity and ample opportunity to hop off and explore the beautiful surroundings via bicycle, or on foot. In addition to this there are daily, chauffeured excursions ‘off-the-beaten-path’ to a wide variety of enthralling locations, from exquisite wine tastings to private tours of stately homes. With over 40 years’ experience and a fleet that spans nine countries, it is the largest luxury hotel barging company in Europe.

For more information, please contact our dedicated Cruise Specialists on 01753 598555 or email

Guide Prices

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  • Additional Meal Details - All meals are included on your cruise, prepared by your onboard barge chef. Most dietary requirements can be catered to. Please speak to our team for details
  • Bar - A fully-stocked open bar is included on your cruise. Hand-picked wines are also served to complement each meal, which are also available at the bar
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Serve breakfast - Usually a continental-style breakfast, however requests are entirely possible
  • Serve evening meal - Full table service with a 4-course gourmet meal
  • Serve lunch - Full table service with a 4-course gourmet meal
  • Special diets catered for - Please speak to our team for further details

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age) - Children 14 years and over are welcome onboard

COVID-19 Response

  • 24-hour minimum vacancy between guests
  • 2m distancing in place
  • Advance booking essential
  • All linens sanitized in high-temperature wash
  • Capacity limit
  • Clear signage
  • Contactless payment only
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Face masks available for visitors
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • Individually wrapped toiletries
  • Open now
  • Outside seating
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Temperature checks for visitors

Establishment Features

  • Air-conditioning throughout
  • Central heating throughout
  • Number of Bathrooms - En-suite cabins
  • Regular evening entertainment - Including weekly live band
  • Separate guests' lounge
  • Staff fluent in foreign languages ** (List of languages are separately given) - Mostly English and French/Italian

Leisure Facilities

  • Arrangements for riding/pony trekking
  • Cycle Hire
  • Spa Bath - Spa pool on most vessels

Parking & Transport

  • Courtesy transport to airport - Dedicated pick-up / drop-off to most major cities. Speak to our team for details, or visit our website:

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside

Specialist Features

  • Special provisions for cyclists - Cycles included. Some itineraries enjoy specialist cycle routes. Ebikes also available at a supplement – advance booking required
  • Special provisions for walkers - Walking maps widely available

Special Offers

  • Special offers - JUST FOR YOU!

    We are very happy to offer a 10% discount on certain 2021 cabin bookings and charter bookings; see our special offers page for more information.


    Accommodation Offers - redeem this special offer immediately

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

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