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The Boat Race Free

The Boat Race. Image courtesy of The Boat Race Company.
Pick a side and cheer on the rowers at the annual Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race, one of the world's oldest sporting events, and one of London's most popular. Read More

About

Watch crews from Oxford and Cambridge universities battle it out on the Thames during The Men's Boat Race and The Women's Boat Race.

One of the biggest free sporting spectacles in London, The Boat Race creates a festive atmosphere on the banks of the river Thames. Up to 250,000 people flock to the riverbanks every year to join the celebrations and watch the University of Oxford and University of Cambridge eight-oared rowing boats race along the famous 4.2-mile (6.8km) Championship Course between Putney and Mortlake.

You can find a place to watch on either side of the river along the full length of the course, but some of the best spots include:

Check back closer to the event for the race start times.

About The Boat Race

The Oxford University Boat Club and Cambridge University Boat Club first raced each other in 1829, and the first women’s race took place in 1927. The races require the student rowers from both universities to train as elite athletes while studying intensive academic courses.

In 2019, Cambridge won The 165th Men’s Boat Race by one length, in a quick time of 16 minutes and 57 seconds, taking the overall event record to 84–80 in Cambridge's favour. Cambridge beat Oxford for the third year running in The 74th Women’s Boat Race, with an overall margin of five lengths, bringing its total to 44 against its Oxford rivals’ 30 total wins.

Prices and Opening Times

Event FREE

Opening Times

The Women's Boat Race 2.13pm

The Men's Boat Race 3.10pm

Venue Details & Map

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