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Oxford: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Oxford: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Home to the oldest University in Britain, Oxford is an architectural marvel. You'll get fantastic views of its honey colored buildings as well as tantalizing glimpses of the hushed courtyards of its many Colleges. Visit the International award winning Oxford Castle Heritage area and you'll travel by the Ashmolean, the Sheldonian, the historic Carfax junction - see this and more on the City Sightseeing tour of Oxford. Tour Stops: 1) Railway Station 2) Park End Street 3) Gloucester Green Bus Station 4) Oxford Castle 5) Westgate Shopping Centre 6) John Lewis 7) Speedwell Street 8) Christ Church 9) The Radcliffe Camera 10) The Queen's College 11) Magdalen Street East 12) St. Cross Road 13) South Parks Road 14) Wadham College 15) Trinity College 16) Parks Road 17) Banbury Road 18) Woodstock Road 19) St. Giles Church 20) Martyr's Memorial

Oxford Castle and Prison: Guided Tour

2. Oxford Castle and Prison: Guided Tour

Step into 1,000 years of Oxford’s history with a costumed tour guide. Climb the Saxon St. George’s Tower, descend deep underground into the 900-year-old Crypt, explore the Victorian Prison D-Wing and Debtors' Tower, and scale the Mound of the 11th-century Motte-and-Bailey castle. Built in 1071 and only closed in 1996, Oxford Castle & Prison is a site with so many fascinating tales to tell. From the modern day stretching all the way back to the barbaric medieval era. The site has links to the birth of education in Oxford, the famous legends of King Arthur, the valiant escape of Empress Matilda and the infamous modern-day cases of murderers and criminals. For hundreds of years, the site has held both famous and infamous residents, serving time as a religious site, a home for royalty, and a center of justice as the county jail. After your 50-minute tour, you will be led into the exhibition wing where you can explore at your own leisure.

Oxford: Town & Gown Walking Tour

3. Oxford: Town & Gown Walking Tour

Discover charming and historic Oxford, renowned for being home to the prestigious University of Oxford, one of the oldest universities in the world. The city boasts a wealth of stunning architecture, picturesque scenery, and fascinating cultural attractions, like the Bridge of Sighs and the Carfax Tower, that you will discover in our walking tours. Discover the iconic Christ Church College and Lincoln College and marvel at their stunning Gothic and Baroque architecture. Learn about the famous alumni that studied there. After the tour, download the Vox City app (included in your tour) to discover more of Oxford and its incredible history with curated audio-guided routes through the main quarters. Our walking tours main sights: Radcliffe Camera Bodleian Library The Tower of the Five Orders Bridge of Sights Hertfort College Clarendon Building University of Oxford The Wenston Library The Old Schools Quad The White Horse Carfax Tower Christ Church The Old Tom St. Aldates Tavern Oxford Town Hall Swindlestock Tavern High Street University Church of St. Mary the Virgin Bodleian Library Alice's Shop The Crown Covered Market St. Micheal at the North Gate Oxford Martyrs Cross The bear Inn The Wheatsheaf St. Aldates Tavern History of Science Museum Sheldonian Theatre Holywell Music Room New College All Souls College Our self-guided route's main sights: St. Margaret's Well Port Meadow Folly Bridge Oxford Castle and Prison Trill Mill Stream Nuffield College Martyrs Memorial Ashmolean Museum Jericho University Parks Rhodes House Headington Shark

Oxford: Self Guided City Walk and Interactive Treasure Hunt

4. Oxford: Self Guided City Walk and Interactive Treasure Hunt

Go Quest Adventures is turning the streets of Oxford into an Adventure Playground! Welcome to Oxford, the city of Dreaming Spires! Named the most beautiful city in the UK by a recent study, this is a place immersed in culture and history (with over 1500 historic listed buildings), home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world and a place renowned for its friendly and lively atmosphere. It’s no wonder so many have been inspired by its beauty. Explore the streets of Oxford and unlock a hidden trail by finding clues, solving puzzles & completing challenges, earning points along the way all self-guided through the Go Quest Adventures app. See the area's highlights, explore it's hidden gems and learn some insider history and fun facts along the way (even locals will discover something new!). As the Quest is self guided you can: * Start your Quest whenever you want, get instant access with nothing to print off from home * Go as fast as you want and try to top the leaderboard, or go at your own pace, stopping for rest breaks along the way. Your Quest will start in the historic medieval centre of the city and wind your team through its iconic streets before leading you through the grounds of some of the University of Oxford’s most famous colleges, nipping in and out of small alleyways to end at the historic Oxford Castle and Prison. During your Quest learn about Town & Gown clashes, discover where C.S. Lewis may have found some inspiration, see if you can spot J.R.R. Tolkien's ghost and visit where former US President Clinton ‘didn’t inhale’ all while dodging students on bicycles rushing about. So grab your caps & gowns, put on some comfy shoes and get ready to explore the sights, discover hidden gems and ultimately, conquer your Oxford City Centre Quest! This is an ideal outdoor activity for couples, families, groups of friends, school groups and can be the perfect team building or corporate activity. Customised Quests and group packages are available by emailing hello@goquestadventures.com. Get Questing today!

Oxford: Stepping Through Oxford Walking Tour

5. Oxford: Stepping Through Oxford Walking Tour

Discover charming and historic Oxford, renowned for being home to the prestigious University of Oxford, one of the oldest universities in the world. The city boasts a wealth of stunning architecture, picturesque scenery, and fascinating cultural attractions, like the Bridge of Sighs and the Carfax Tower, that you will discover in our walking tours. Discover the iconic Christ Church College and Lincoln College and marvel at their stunning Gothic and Baroque architecture. Learn about the famous alumni that studied there. After the tour, download the Vox City app (included in your tour) to discover more of Oxford and its incredible history with curated audio-guided routes through the main quarters. Our walking tours main sights: Radcliffe Camera Bodleian Library The Tower of the Five Orders Bridge of Sights Hertfort College Clarendon Building University of Oxford The Wenston Library The Old Schools Quad The White Horse Carfax Tower Christ Church The Old Tom St. Aldates Tavern Oxford Town Hall Swindlestock Tavern High Street University Church of St. Mary the Virgin Bodleian Library Alice's Shop The Crown Covered Market St. Micheal at the North Gate Oxford Martyrs Cross The bear Inn The Wheatsheaf St. Aldates Tavern History of Science Museum Sheldonian Theatre Holywell Music Room New College All Souls College Our self-guided route's main sights: St. Margaret's Well Port Meadow Folly Bridge Oxford Castle and Prison Trill Mill Stream Nuffield College Martyrs Memorial Ashmolean Museum Jericho University Parks Rhodes House Headington Shark

Oxford: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

6. Oxford: Self-Guided City Sightseeing Treasure Hunt

Embark on a self-guided treasure hunt for a fun and unique way to explore Oxford. Captain Bess will send messages to your phones. She’s a snarky pirate who’s testing out new recruits to join her ship. She’ll direct you on a carefully designed route through the city. Follow the treasure maps to get to the right place, then try to decipher the clue. Search high and low for the answer. You’ll spot things you’d never normally notice. And don’t worry, if you get stuck you can ask for a hint to help you on your way. Start at the castle mound and sneak through ancient alleyways, passing ancient colleges and magnificent squares. Learn some interesting facts and stories along the way about the things you’re spotting and get a better understanding of the history of Oxford. Feeling adventurous? Get ready to explore Oxford and have loads of fun!

Oxford: Town & Gown and Universities Walking Tour

7. Oxford: Town & Gown and Universities Walking Tour

Discover charming and historic Oxford, renowned for being home to the prestigious University of Oxford, one of the oldest universities in the world. The city boasts a wealth of stunning architecture, picturesque scenery, and fascinating cultural attractions, like the Bridge of Sighs and the Carfax Tower, that you will discover in our walking tours. You have two different walking tours included in your ticket which can be joined either on the same day or on different days. Discover the iconic Bodleian Library and the Ashmolean Museum, the oldest public museum in the world. Hear the stories about the University of Oxford and its 38 colleges, marvel at their stunning Gothic and Baroque architecture and learn about the famous alumni who studied there. After the tour, download the Vox City app (included in your tour) to discover more of Oxford and its incredible history with curated audio-guided routes through the main quarters. Our walking tours main sights: Radcliffe Camera Bodleian Library The Tower of the Five Orders Bridge of Sights Hertfort College Clarendon Building University of Oxford The Wenston Library The Old Schools Quad The White Horse Carfax Tower Christ Church The Old Tom St. Aldates Tavern Oxford Town Hall Swindlestock Tavern High Street University Church of St. Mary the Virgin Bodleian Library Alice's Shop The Crown Covered Market St. Micheal at the North Gate Oxford Martyrs Cross The bear Inn The Wheatsheaf St. Aldates Tavern History of Science Museum Sheldonian Theatre Holywell Music Room New College All Souls College Our self-guided route's main sights: St. Margaret's Well Port Meadow Folly Bridge Oxford Castle and Prison Trill Mill Stream Nuffield College Martyrs Memorial Ashmolean Museum Jericho University Parks Rhodes House Headington Shark

Oxford: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Tour

8. Oxford: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Get to know Oxford at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device, use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Oxford's most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. Start the activity whenever you like and enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. In the history-filled Oxford you will first visit the beautiful Oxford Castle & Prison. Then the unique The Covered Market and then the irreplaceable Ashmolean Museum. This wonderful route continues to the History of Science Museum. As a fifth stop you will find the University of Oxford. As you continue your walk through the city you will find the interesting Bodleian Library. Of course, the Radcliffe Camera could not be missing from this tour. In addition, you will also admire the The Story Museum. The penultimate destination is the enviable Christ Church. While the icing on the cake of this unique tour could not be other than the Christ Church Meadow. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

From Bristol: 2-Day Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford & Cotswolds

9. From Bristol: 2-Day Stratford-upon-Avon, Oxford & Cotswolds

Day 1 Departing Bristol, your journey begins with a scenic drive through what is considered the birthplace of British tourism and the birthplace of the industrial revolution. We’re talking about Wye Valley, of course, which is dubbed an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You’ll love the views of this region as we head towards Tintern Abbey on the banks of River Wye. There’s some fascinating history behind this now-roofless national icon which was founded in 1131. Afterwards you make your way to the market town of Ross-on-Wye where you have free time to explore and grab a bite to eat. Then it’s time to head to Broadway. No, we’re not talking about seeing a stage production, we’re talking about the picturesque village in the Cotswolds. This is a great time for a spot of shopping, or simply wander and enjoy the town before heading to Stratford-upon-Avon, your base for the night. You arrive in the birthplace of Shakespeare in the mid-afternoon so there’s still some time to explore and sort yourself out for dinner. You’re spoilt for choice in Stratford-upon-Avon. Perhaps you’ll explore the Schoolroom and Guildhall, where Shakespeare was first inspired by literature and theatre. Or perhaps you’ll visit his childhood home and hear tales of his family life. Day 2 You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a movie today. Your first destination is considered one of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the UK. Wander around the picturesque village of Chipping Campden before heading to Bourton-on-the-Water. Quite a literal name, as this village boasts the beautiful River Windrush running through it, and is known as the Venice of the Cotswolds. You continue onto Oxford, your main stop for the day. Famously known for its university, the city of Oxford has an interesting history and plenty of things to do and see. You can learn about some of it at the Ashmolean Museum, Britain’s oldest public museum. If museums aren’t your thing, there’s always Oxford Castle & Prison, a tour of some of the colleges around town, and even several Harry Potter locations to spot. Enjoy a relaxing drive back through some of England’s Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the perfect way to end your day as you head to Bristol where your tour ends in the early evening.

Oxford: City Exploration Game and Tour

10. Oxford: City Exploration Game and Tour

Combine the excitement of a sightseeing city tour with an City Exploration game fun on this self-guided smartphone walking tour in Oxford. Find attractions easily with the app's navigation function. Download the app and start the game by going to the first location. Use observation, logic, imagination, and teamwork to solve the riddle at each location, the riddles are always hard. Pause the app at any point if you want to take a break, stop for coffee, or spend some more time visiting one of the sights. Play the game at your own pace. In the history-filled Oxford you will first visit the beautiful Oxford Castle & Prison. Then the unique The Covered Market and then the irreplaceable Ashmolean Museum. This wonderful route continues to the History of Science Museum. As a fifth stop you will find the University of Oxford. As you continue your walk through the city you will find the interesting Bodleian Library. Of course, the Radcliffe Camera could not be missing from this tour. In addition, you will also admire the The Story Museum. The penultimate destination is the enviable Christ Church. While the icing on the cake of this unique tour could not be other than the Christ Church Meadow. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

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(401 reviews)

Excellent tour! Our guide was knowledgeable and well-organized, and brought history alive with hair-raising anecdotes. The buildings felt both well-maintained and authentic. Loved the photos and stories on the walls, which also brought to life the breadth of the type of people imprisoned there. And the gift shop was also excellent. Thank you !

It was unfortunate that once I booked the tour, I had to go to the office to get the ticket before I could board the bus. The app is not compatible with my phone so it was very inconvenient. I hindsight, I should have chosen to buy the ticket on the bus.

Very Good! Our guide patiently explained all the highlights! Despite the rainy and cold weather, we enjoyed the tour.

The guides were excellent. Fantastic history knowledge. Highly recommended

Brilliant - Chris the guide was awesome. He knows Oxford inside out.