Rowing: The BNY Mellon Boat Race Free

The Oxford and Cambridge university boat race


The Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race on the Thames is one of the world's longest running sports events, and one of the most popular on the London sports calendar.

Come and join the fun on the banks of the Thames between Mortlake and Putney and cheer on the rowers.

As one of the few free sporting spectacles in London, The Boat Race creates a festival atmosphere on the banks of the River Thames. Up to 250,000 people flock to the river each year to join in the celebrations and watch the Oxford and Cambridge University crews as they race over the famous four-and-a-quarter mile course from Putney to Mortlake.

You can find a place to watch on either side of the river along the full length of the course, but particular areas to note are:

About The Boat Race

The two university rowing teams first raced each other in 1829, and the race has been held annually since 1856, with the exception of the World Wars. It's said every member of the Boat Race crews trains for approximately two hours for every stroke they take. It takes about 600 strokes to complete the course.

In 2014, Oxford won the 160th Boat Race by 11 lengths in a time of 18 minutes and 36 seconds


Adult Ticket: Free (USD0.00)

Venue Details & Map

Putney Bridge

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