Guided tour

Oxford: Official University and City Walking Tour

Activity provider: Experience Oxfordshire

Oxford: Official University and City Walking Tour

Activity provider: Experience Oxfordshire
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From £20 per person

Navigate through hidden passages and alleyways and past the most famous colleges, monuments, and pubs on a walking tour hosted by the city’s tourism board through Oxford University and city center.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Admire Oxford's stupendous architecture and picturesque parks
  • Find the city’s secret alleyways and passageways alongside an expert guide
  • Discover the history hidden behind the walls of Oxford University
  • Walk past the favorite pubs of Inspectors Morse, Lewis, and Endeavour
  • See Harry Potter film locations, New College and Christ Church, from the outside
Full description
Explore Oxford, the city of Dreaming Spires, on a walking tour with an expert guide from the city’s tourism board. Be shown the city’s most famous sights, uncover its hidden history, and enjoy all the astonishing stories about Oxford's key characters- real and fictional. Meet your guide at the grand and very old Broad Street (once the city's ditch) let them know where you come from and any special Oxford interests you may have and they will do their best to incorporate those.  Go to Martyrs' Memorial, the scene of terrible religious retributions in medieval times, and on to the oldest tower at St Michael of the Northgate built in Saxon times. Then, make your way to the very heart of the University and the inspiration behind Harry Potter's Hogwarts School. Pass by the pubs where the Inklings used to meet to discuss their writing as well as the pubs where Inspector Morse was filmed and the most popular student drinking holes in days of old. Discover the city that is home to several of Britain's most famous literary characters - both fictional and real - such as JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, Philip Pullman, and Colin Dexter as well as some of their most famous creations like Lyra and Will, and Inspector Morse. Admire Oxford's stupendous architecture, gargoyles and grotesques, so wonderfully preserved from every historical period and style, and take a stroll through the breathtaking Radcliffe Square. Cross the whimsical Bridge of Sighs as it's fondly known, just like the ones in Venice and Cambridge. See the Bodleian Libraries from the outside in the splendid Old Schools Quadrangle. Learn about the city’s famous museums including the Museum of the History of Science, containing Einstein's blackboard, The Pitt Rivers, once home to shrunken heads, and the fabulous Ashmolean, which was one of the very first ever museums in the world. If time allows, walk as far as to the beautiful Christ Church Meadows, where punting happens and cattle graze; a truly pastoral and quintessential English scene.
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    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Masks are optional for this activity

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    Meeting point

    Meet your Guide outside the Cool Britannia Gift Shop, at the junction of Broad St and Turl Street. They will be holding a sign.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

    Know before you go

    • Please note, due to COVID-19 restrictions, visits inside the University Colleges and Libraries are not permitted
    • All University buildings will be seen from the outside, but there is still plenty to enjoy
    •  This tour will take place rain or shine
    • This tour has VisitEngland #WereGoodToGo accreditation
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 117 reviews

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    All on time and Hannah was a knowledgeable and pleasant guide. The only problem was we started just as the heavens opened and we had driving rain to contend with. There was nowhere to shelter and one family immediately left the tour after five minutes. I lasted for thirty minutes but there was no pleasure in standing in the open getting absolutely soaked. There should be a contingency plan for such foul weather. As it happened, after an hour the weather cleared so I think that the guide should have told the group to take shelter and delayed the start until the weather improved. Sadly I wasted my money because of the foul weather and the lack of a wet weather plan.

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    14 April 2022

    Really interesting tour for all ages. Learned a lot about the history of Oxford. Took my 10 year old and 14 year old sons. The tour guide tailored it to keep their attention. I didn't realise they enjoyed it so much until we got home and they told their Mum all about it!

    4 January 2022

    We really enjoyed our walking tour today. It felt like we had the chance to soak up some of the atmosphere of Oxford with its great history and beautiful buildings, but also to learn lots of interesting facts about the city, it’s famous inhabitants and their influences. It fired our imaginations and was a great introduction to the city.

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    19 August 2021

    Product ID: 393316