Did you know, nearly half of all young families travel with their children? This means that kids and young adults are getting to experience international travel earlier in life than ever.
Magna Carta's collection of themed barge vacations includes an impressive family charter, taking kids on an interactive, educational and unforgettable adventure along Britain’s majestic River Thames.
Top sights include a tour of Legoland, Thorpe Park amusement park, and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. Click to view choices on Magna Carta's Family Itinerary page.
With daily excursions keeping everyone entertained; parents and grandparents will especially enjoy the delights of our onboard master chef, who cooks up daily meals, served with complementary wines for the adults, and plenty of delicious options for kids.
A Magical Cruise
Visiting the Harry Potter studio couldn’t be easier on Magna Carta. With their family cruises, you can swap up to four excursions from the barge’s classic cruise itinerary, and the "boy wizard" is always a top favorite. Spot many of the costumes and props from the movies, experience all the wonders and magic of their iconic sets such as Diagon Alley and The Great Hall – the latter whose real-life inspiration, The Great Hall at Oxford’s Christ Church College, is also on the itinerary.
Younger children can also explore Beale Wildlife Park & Gardens, which is set on 30 acres of grounds and forests. The attraction includes miniature train rides, a toy museum and a deer park, as well as kid-friendly animals such as owls, meerkat and the llama-like alpacas. Another option is a visit to Brooklands Museum. Considered the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, it offers an excellent history of transportation, including cars, motorcycles and planes, and features an aircraft factory, a flight simulator and the world’s first purpose-built race circuit.
More scientifically minded youngsters will enjoy a visit to Look Out Discovery Centre, which offers more than 90 science-themed activities for children. These include launching hydrogen rockets and building a life size house with giant blocks. On other outings, guests can explore prehistoric caves, take archery lessons, as well as go paintballing and canoeing. They can even waterski at Thorpe Lake Waterski, among other outdoor sports.
There’s so much to do on a Magna Carta's family charter that the only time you’ll see disappointment in a child’s face is when you tell them the trip is over! But watch their faces light up again when they get back home and tell their friends about the great time they had.
Moored at Winsor Castle
The all-inclusive, crewed, luxury, English Hotel Barge Magna Carta accommodates up to 8 guests. She is approximately 120 feet in length and has two decks.
The lower deck boasts four full-width luxurious staterooms each averaging 200 square feet with private ensuite bathrooms. The staterooms may be configured as Kings or Twins according to your preference. Magna Carta has the most sophisticated modern amenities, including air conditioning, WI-FI internet access and underfloor heating in each of the four full width suites. Each suite has exceptionally spacious contemporary en-suite facilities and colour TVs and DVD players.
The upper deck comprises the main salon and dining areas with large picture windows and stylish furnishings. Outside you have the sundeck with comfortable seating and the spa pool/jacuzzi. There are eight bikes on board to take at your pleasure for rides along the tow paths.
The Magna Carta offers 6-night, all-inclusive private charters, as well as cabin cruises. Theme cruises such as golf, tennis, guided walking, family, flower shows, Henley regatta, antiques, etc, are available for private charters.
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- Route: Royal River Thames between Hampton Court to Henley-on-Thames, England
- Up to 8 guests
- Private charters and Cabin cruises
- Itineraries: Standard classic, Downton Abbey, Royal, Family, Chelsea flower show, Hampton Court flower show, Golf, Walking, Art
- Check itinerary page for more options
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