Join an Oxford graduate for a fascinating and entertaining walk through the heart of the old medieval city. You'll learn about the weird and wonderful history, heritage and traditions here, laced with personal, authentic insights into Oxford life.
What to Expect
Your tour begins on the trail of some gruesome history. Along the way, one of the points of interest is the first ever charity shop in the UK, still open today. Then the focus becomes suddenly and strikingly more modern, before zooming in on some curious medieval characters looking down from on high.
During the visit to a college there will be an opportunity to sit down while the collegiate and tutorial system is explained, as well as other fascinating and funny rituals, customs, and language. This first-hand account of Oxford student life is guaranteed to educate, inform and entertain.
From an individual college, the tour now moves on to the world of the wider university in Radcliffe Square, the intellectual heart of England. There's an optional minor detour to see the inspiration for a well-loved fictional lion. Next, going back in time again to the 1600s, the location is the magnificent Old Schools Quad, the forerunner of today's lecture and examination rooms.
For architecture fans there follows an array of exquisite buildings whose designers range in time from Sir Christopher Wren to the modern day. A short side trip leads under Oxford's answer to Venice's Bridge of Sighs, to the house where a famous astronomer discovered a heavenly body, before the tour ends at one of the city's worst-kept secrets, a tucked-away tavern where a US president famously didn't inhale.
Know Before You Go
Entry fees to New College (£4) and the Divinity School (£1) not included in the tour price.