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Oxford: University and City Walking Tour

1. Oxford: University and City Walking Tour

Join a university-educated guide, with years of experience and local knowledge of Oxford City and colleges. See the dreamy spires of one of the oldest universities in the world on a guided walking tour. Go inside some of the city’s most historic colleges, such as New College, founded in 1379 and more recently seen in the Harry Potter films and television productions of Inspector Morse and Lewis. Visit Exeter College, founded in 1314, and another favorite on most tours. Stop by Hertford College, with its romantic façade and Bridge of Sighs, instantly recognizable from Brideshead Revisited. See the University Library and learn about the collegiate system unique to Oxford and Cambridge. Discover famous alumni who studied and taught at the university, including the infamous Dr Spooner, whose portraits hang in New College Dining Hall and whose name is given to the playful linguistic phenomenon of spoonerisms.

Oxford's Literary Legends and Landmarks" A Self-Guided Tour

2. Oxford's Literary Legends and Landmarks" A Self-Guided Tour

From the Chronicles of Narnia and Alice in Wonderland to Lord of the Rings and His Dark Materials, what is it about Oxford that has inspired several fantasy fiction classics? On this walking tour, Hears stories about how Oxford itself nurtured the minds of these fantasy literature giants. See where the famous wordsmiths behind these titles lived, worked and played, and some of their favourite haunts. You’ll be amazed at the sheer breadth of talent and imagination that’s concentrated in one city. Starting in front of Carfax Tower, you’ll wander through the city centre and along the Board Walk, along the way you’ll hear about Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration behind Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. I’ll show you the locations where JK Rowling’s Harry Potter was filmed, with the University of Oxford adapted to become Hogwarts. We’ll step into the world of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, where you’ll follow in the footsteps of Will and Lyra and make your way around Radcliffe Square to the Bodleian Library. After wandering through different parts of the university, your tour reaches the end in front of the Eagle and Child pub, a popular hangout for the Inklings, an informal literary club in the early to mid-1900s. Whether you’re a fan of fantasy fiction, classic literature, a newcomer to Oxford, or just plain curious, this tour offers a fascinating glimpse into another world – that of the imagination!

Oxford: C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien Guided Walking Tour

3. Oxford: C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien Guided Walking Tour

Find out more about the Inklings, an informal literary discussion group associated with the University of Oxford, while getting an introduction to the city's history and university life. See inspiring sights related to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien on a 2-2.5-hour tour of the sights where they worked and relaxed, including the pubs they enjoyed. At Magdalen, discover a beautiful medieval hall, chapel, and quadrangle as well as lovely gardens and a deer park. Walk in the footsteps of C.S. Lewis and his friends along the famous Addison's path where they strolled on many midsummer evenings to discuss their ideas. As well as the colleges, your knowledgeable guide will take you on a route through the city of Oxford to take in many famous sights. Visit inside St. Mary's University Church where C.S. Lewis developed his ideas through sermons. Hear about the likes of Cardinal Newman who preached there too, and learn about the Oxford Martyrs — Latimer, Ridley, and Cranmer — from the time of 'Bloody Mary'. A pub/refreshment stop is optional on the tour. Many people who book this tour happen to be theology alumni but the guides are not necessarily themselves religious people, so much as very well educated and curious persons. On any dates, when Magdalen may be closed, we will replace entry with Tolkien's college called Exeter college. If neither college is open, we will forewarn you before the tour and offer free reschedule or cancellation, if desired.

Oxford: CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien Walking Tour

4. Oxford: CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien Walking Tour

Discover the lives and work of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, two of Oxford University’s most famous graduates. Take a guided walking tour through the city of Oxford to see where these writers studied, lived, and worked. Meet your guide in the city center to begin your experience. Walk past Exeter College, where Tolkien studied, and see the University Church that Lewis preached at during the Second World War. Stroll past the Eagle & Child pub, where Inklings used to meet every Tuesday, to talk about their work. Hear about the colleges where Tolkien and Lewis taught, and listen to stories told by your guide. Discover more about the unique writing style of these writers and their influence on English Literature. Jump back in time and get a feel for how Oxford used to be in the early 20th century.

Oxford: Ghost Tour with The Bone Man of Oxford 6.30pm

5. Oxford: Ghost Tour with The Bone Man of Oxford 6.30pm

Welcome to the shadowed streets of Oxford, where history whispers through ancient alleyways and the spirits of the past linger in the moonlit corners. Join your guide, The Bone Man of Oxford, an experienced Tour guide and an Oxford local - you'll have hand held torches to use during your tour and this Private Ghost Tour is interactive & entertaining, you'll have lots of photo opportunities. * All tours will reflect the ages of any children present - it's 1.5 hours long, and the start time and meeting point can be changed if you need to. " Come along then, on a spine-chilling journey through the heart of this historic city. You'll hear tales of ghosts and mysteries unfold beneath the flickering glow of the torches you'll be holding... Your Ghostly Guide will lead you to the hidden realms of Oxford's haunted history. Traverse cobblestone paths that have witnessed centuries of secrets and encounter the spectral residents who refuse to leave the hallowed halls of the university, echoing with the whispers of academic intrigue and forbidden love." We can be flexible on the start times with our Private Tours.

Oxford: Pre-Raphaelite Walking Tour with Exeter College

6. Oxford: Pre-Raphaelite Walking Tour with Exeter College

Discover the history of Oxford, the collegiate system, and the famous alumni who studied and taught at the university. There are 38 colleges at Oxford University, but the tour will be focused on Exeter College, which continues to welcome students of the fine arts nowadays. Learn from your local guide interesting facts about Pre-Raphaelite artists. The group sought a return to the abundant detail, intense colors, and complex compositions of Quattrocento Italian art. Also, discover the history of two artists that were part of this movement, William Morris and Edward Burne Jones. This tour includes special access not normally open to the public otherwise, to see inside the Victorian library at the Oxford Union. This venue is where our famous artists created Arthurian legend frescoes, when they were amateurs. Finally, as and when open, we will visit Exeter College with its chapel and the Magi tapestry. A passageway from the Front Quadrangle leads through to the college's Fellows' Garden. Enjoy the best views of Oxford and spot Radcliffe Square, including All Souls College and the Radcliffe Camera. Notice: if Exeter college is closed, I will forewarn you before the tour. However, there are alternative venues we could replace entry to a college of the university of Oxford, such as Keble college.

Oxford: City & University Tour with College entry included

7. Oxford: City & University Tour with College entry included

We are a small team of passionate storytellers who breathe life into the tales and legends hidden within Oxford’s ancient walls. We not only live here, we are experts in Oxford and the surrounding area’s history - we take pride in our friendly and patient approach, ensuring that each member of our tours feels welcome, included and valued. Your Private walking Tour is for around 2 hours for up to 8 people in your party. We will visit inside a college (subject to availability of opening) which is included in your ticket price. We are very flexible, you can choose the start time of your Private Walking Tour of Oxford. So, whether you're seeking a leisurely stroll through Oxford's charming streets, a deep dive into its literary history or a taste of the vibrant energy of Oxford's stories, let us be your companions on an adventure that will ignite your curiosity and leave you with cherished memories. We meet outside The Randolph Hotel's entrance, opposite the entry to the Ashmolean museum. We can we flexible with our meeting point. We'll visit among other places (subject to accessibility) - * The Martyrs Memorial * Oxford's oldest College * The Sheldonian Theatre * The Bridge of Sighs * The Bodleian Library * The Radcliffe Camera * The Covered Market We will finish in Broad Street, in the centre of Oxford - ready for you to continue your exploring! Looking forward to meeting you!

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Our guide, Peter, led an excellent and enjoyable tour on CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien! Peter thoughtfully prepared for the tour by checking times of location openings, asking about our interests so that he could tailor the tour, and he kindly brought chocolates for our group, including my kids. He was accomodating with our double pushchair in the colder January temperatures. Peter also followed up with (great) links and recommendations for other cities we planned to visit. Insightful, thoughtful, and patient- an excellent guide and experience!

It was great. Jeff was our guide today. He was knowledgeable, informative, entertaining and funny. We got to see a load of Oxford colleges and significant buildings and find out lots about how the university works as well as fascinating history. Thanks Jeff! 🙌

John is a fantastic guide with good tidbits about Oxford City Centre. In 90 minutes, he packed in some great locations and knowledge as per the itinerary. It goes quickly but is a great place to start if you've never been to Oxford. Would highly recommend!

Peter was very generous with his time, knowledge and sweet treats during our tour. My parents and our children fully enjoyed the passionate way he brought Oxford to life as we learned more about Lewis and Tolkien. The tour was a highlight of our holiday!

My tour guide was super nice and even adapted the tour and his information of the different places according to my interest. I had a lot of fun and highly recommend the tour!