Oxford: University and City Walking Tour

Oxford: University and City Walking Tour

From US$ 20.77 per person

Explore the oldest colleges of Oxford, including New College, founded in 1379 and a location in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie. Go inside quads, cloisters, dining halls and chapels, and learn about Oxford's legendary tutorial system.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Highlights
  • See the dreamy spires of Oxford
  • Tour the most historic colleges with a university-educated guide
  • Discover locations from the Harry Potter movies and TV series Brideshead Revisited and Morse
  • Learn about the collegiate system unique to Oxford and Cambridge
  • Gaze at the Bridge of Sighs on the 13th-century Hertford College
Full description
Join a university-educated guide, with years of experience and local knowledge of Oxford City and colleges, and explore the dreamy spires of one of the oldest univerities in the world on a 90-minute 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. Founded in 1314, Exeter College is another favorite on most tours, while Hertford College, with its romantic façade and Bridge of Sighs, is instantly recognizable from “Brideshead Revisited.” College opening times can sometimes restrict entrance, but all tours go to the University Library to provide a greater understanding of 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.
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  • College, Library and all other admissions are included in the standard public tour; for private tours college admissions are extra/optional.

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    • All colleges and the library are subject to close at any time. In such cases, suitable alternative colleges will be visited instead.
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    4.4 / 5

    based on 419 reviews

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    It was enjoyable to have an alumna guide who knew about life at Oxford Uni but the group, at 15 was too large. My teens would have liked a bit more info on where Harry Potter was filmed. It would have been good to go inside the colleges but this was not possible due to Covid however we did go into the Divinity room which was beautiful.. The guide was happy to answer any questions and was very amenable.

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    31 October 2020

    Rainy day, but nice, as it was quiet. Edward, our guide was excellent. He paced the tour well, described what we saw and gave some ideas where to go after the tour. We went to The Turf Tavern for a beer, and had cup of coffee in the Congregation room. Edward answered all our questions, told us interesting anecdotes, and also included just enough personal information to make Oxford more interesting.

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    1 October 2020

    I’ve joined another walking tour last year so I had a basis of comparison now. This time I was a bit disappointed as the tour and the guide was not as upbeat as last year I had. I was also disappointed that we did not go into the building where Oxford students are held after their graduation or the scene of the infirmary in Harry Potter movie. There was also not much inside information about Oxford unlike the one I had last year (probably bcoz last year the tour guide was an Oxford student)

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    23 February 2020

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