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Overlooking the Great Ouse river, The Old Ferry Boat is reputedly England’s oldest inn. Located in the hamlet of Holywell, the thatched roof and white stonework have remained for many years, while modern furnishings and contemporary comforts create a hom

Though there is no definitive proof, The Old Ferryboat Inn positioned on the river Cam makes the most ambitious claim as Britain’s oldest watering hole. The pub’s owners claim that alcohol has been sold on the premises as early as 560AD, but a more reliable estimate is a foundation date on the site which places it at 1400AD. The pub is said to be home to a supernatural presence with the ghost of a jilted teenage girl, Juliet, who hanged herself. She was buried in 1050AD on the banks of the Ouse at the ferry crossing point, with the Old Ferry Boat later built on top of her grave. A seance was conducted in the 1950s with participants claiming to have contacted the spirit of the young girl who is said to still haunt the building.

This has been a spot for hungry travellers to stop at for years, so why not join them and dine on the finest English fare.

This charming inn can also host your traditional English wedding reception, with various packages to suit every need make sure you contact us to see how we can help to make your day extra special.

The Old Ferry Boat can also host your business meetings for up to 40 people, including free Wi-Fi, so escape the hustle and bustle of the city and hold a meeting with a difference.

Food served 11am – 10pm every day

This hotel is dog friendly in all areas as long as kept on a lead


  • Accommodation
  • Beer garden
  • Car park
  • Dogs allowed
  • Family friendly
  • Food
  • Outside area
  • Real ale
  • WiFi free
  • Cask Marque