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Oxford: University and City Walking Tour with Alumni Guide

1. Oxford: University and City Walking Tour with Alumni Guide

Step inside Oxford University and explore the grounds on a guided walking tour. Admire the iconic architecture and learn about university life from your student guide. Visit one of the university’s oldest colleges and the Bodleian Library. Learn about the history of the university colleges, including All Souls College, Trinity College, Oriel College, Hertford College, and Merton College, the Radcliffe Camera, and the University Church of St. Mary. Get an equally in-depth history of the town. Hear about ceremonies at Oxford, famous graduates, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and also how the most powerful Archbishop of Canterbury was burned at the stake in Oxford.

London: Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds, and Warwick Day Trip

2. London: Oxford, Stratford, Cotswolds, and Warwick Day Trip

Make the most of your time in England with a day trip to the English countryside. Enjoy a walking tour of Oxford city and university including entry to the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, witness the scenery of the Cotswolds, enter Warwick Castle, and visit the birthplace of Shakespeare. Walking tour of Oxford Follow in the footsteps of Oxford's famous students, from C.S. Lewis to Bill Clinton, as you stroll the captivating college courtyards and cobbled lanes of this historic university town, on this guided day trip by bus from London. Take in the famous 'dreaming spires' and see the Bodleian Library, one of the oldest libraries in Europe. Be captivated by the unspoiled narrow alleys and ancient squares of this naturally beautiful town. Oxford is famous for being home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world – countless bright young things have wandered the town’s cobbled streets over the years! During this guided walking tour you will see the stunning University Church of St Mary the Virgin and furtively discover unspoiled narrow alleyways, ancient squares, and towering spires. Entry to the 13th-century University Church of St Mary the Virgin. Soak in spectacular sights of the unique baroque design and architecture as you explore the center of the University of Oxford. This absolute gem is a must-visit on your trip to Oxford. The Cotswolds Enjoy views of the breathtaking countryside, sleepy villages, and bustling market towns as you drive through the charming scenery of one of England's most beautiful regions. Stratford–upon–Avon  A unique market town, famous as the home of William Shakespeare, arguably the world's greatest writer. Visit the picturesque half-timber house where the legendary bard was born, and gain fascinating insights into his childhood. Shakespeare’s birthplace: See where the famous playwright grew up and spent his years as a married man. Warwick Castle  Be part of Britain’s greatest medieval experience deep in the heart of Warwick Castle. Immerse yourself in battle preparations and feel the weight of a medieval sword. Become a soldier – try on a battle helmet for size. Visit the spectacular State Rooms and feast your eyes on Victorian party preparations. Enjoy a meet and greet from a medieval host as well as an introduction to the spectacular castle.

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

3. 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: Town & Gown Walking Tour

4. 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: University Walking Tour with Christ Church Visit

5. Oxford: University Walking Tour with Christ Church Visit

You will begin in central Oxford, with a brief and engaging introduction which will lay the foundation for the vast periods of history to be covered! Then the tour will enter a college renowned for having the most beautiful lawns in Oxford along with an iconic dispute with its neighbour - resulting in a supposed theft of the College tortoise (Oxford Annual Tortoise Race explanation included!). Then the group will visit the Sheldonian Theatre, where students experience the most iconic ceremony at Oxford University. You can hear from your student guide how the experience was for them. Next you will enter a historic museum -complete with a chalkboard used by Einstein in Oxford - and visit the Weston Library, a great example of a hybrid historic and modern interior. This tour will then cover sites that none of our other tours do! Including Oriel College, Merton College and iconic literary giants from Oxford's history. You can get a photo under the Bridge of Sighs before gazing up at the first round library in England, where your Oxford student guide will give you rare insights into the labyrinth of underground tunnels students. Not to be forgotten, All Souls College. With entrance exams as complex as they are bizarre, this site will highlight how exclusive a College can be and how influential its members are. Heading down to the southern part of Oxford, we visit a hidden door depicting the most famous characters in C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. Before entering the largest College at Oxford, Home to Oscar Wilde and C. S. Lewis, and its own deer park. Explore the iconic grounds which have been home to Oxford’s most influential writers, complete with medieval cloisters. The tour will head over to the home of Tolkien, to discuss not only its literary importance, but it’s multi million pound kitchen, funded by the current Emperor of Japan! The tour will then go to Christ Church meadows - a stunning expanse of land incredibly rare in a medieval city. Here you will learn about its close connection to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - along with its decision to be held to a different time zone than the rest of Oxford. Finally, the tour will enter one of the most lavish, and famous Colleges of all those at Oxford University; Christ Church. Famed for its literally links, and scenes used in the filming of Harry Potter; it is such an iconic site that many mistake it for representing the entire University. Wonder through the dining hall which inspired that used in Hogwarts, and see where some of the greatest philosophers, writers and royalty have studied. The guide will provide a comprehensive overview of its history, before you enter accompanied with a multimedia guide, to explore the College at your own pace. Please note - the structure on the day may differ.

Oxford: Stepping Through Oxford Walking Tour

6. 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

New: Oxford Costumed Ghost Tour In-Character

7. New: Oxford Costumed Ghost Tour In-Character

Prepare for the unexpected and keep your wits about you as you undertake one of the most entertaining experiences in Oxford. Home to some of the most brutal murders in England's long history, Oxford is uniquely known as the epicenter of troubled souls, dark energy, and flesh-eating beasts. Venture through the dark alleyways and haunted squares of the town while enjoying mysterious tales of ghosts, horror. and sinister happenings. Learn about Oxford’s terrifying history with a combination of stories and dramatic performances by expertly trained actors who will play out the most barbaric and brutal punishments exacted during Oxford's Medieval and Civil War years. Be prepared for the surprise appearance of multiple wild beasts! After an exhilarating and entertaining wander around the city, finish up at one of the famous pubs in Oxford.

Oxford: Walking Tour and Carfax Tower Entry Ticket

8. Oxford: Walking Tour and Carfax Tower Entry Ticket

This pass includes two walking tours of the city and entry to the historic Carfax Tower. You will join a friendly guide for the Stepping into Oxford and Town & Gown walking tours. Your guide will take you to some of the cities most popular landmarks, from the Bridge of Sighs and Bodleian Library, to Oxford University and the Radcliffe Camera. Listen as your tour guide tells you all about this picturesque and historic city, lined with world-famous educational institutions and visitor attractions. Your pass also gives you entry to Carfax Tower. This iconic tower is the only remaining part of the former St Martin's Church, as the rest was demolished in 1896. Climb to the top of the 74-foot-tower and enjoy beautiful views over Oxford's skyline. Don't forget, your pass includes a complimentary sightseeing app, filled with self-guided walking tours, audio commentary and more!

Oxford: Ghosts, Ghouls and Demons Walking Tour - 90 minutes.

9. Oxford: Ghosts, Ghouls and Demons Walking Tour - 90 minutes.

Welcome to the shadowed streets of Oxford, where history whispers through ancient alleyways and the spirits of the past linger in the moonlit corners. Over the course of 90 minutes, we look back at nearly a thousand years of blood, guts and gore as we share the scariest Oxford ghost stories. With beheadings, burnings and banishments, we unpack the truth behind one of the bloodiest cities in England. Death is anything but dull and our specialist guides provide first-hand stories of Oxford’s streets which have played host to agony and horror, torment and terror. These include an archbishop without a head, a heartbroken teenager, the most haunted library in the world and the church where you don’t want to be in the early hours of the morning. Manifestations, apparitions and student encounters with demons, ghosts, ghouls and spirits… prepare to be very afraid. Your Ghostly Guide will have hand held torches to use during your tour. The maximum number in your group will be 14 on this Ghost Tour of Oxford. All tours are reflective the ages of any children present - it's 1.5 hours long. We look forward to seeing you! The Best Bits of Oxford Tour Co.

From London: Stonehenge, Oxford, & Windsor Private Car Tour

10. From London: Stonehenge, Oxford, & Windsor Private Car Tour

England boasts a wonderful variety of attractions, among which the Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and the university city of Oxford are at the very top. Join this full-day excursion to visit these 3 remarkable historic sites with a Private Guide, who is a master storyteller. Discover amazing historical facts, anecdotes, and legends and fall in love with Britain! Choose the 11-hour option to visit the city of Windsor, Oxford and Stonehenge on a full-day private tour with private transportation direct from your accommodation in London. You will have the full attention of a 5-Star Guide who will customise the live commentary to your needs and interests. The first stop will be in Windsor where you can admire the facade of Windsor Castle, the weekend residence of Queen Elizabeth II. It is a great place to begin your journey through centuries of British history, traditions and royal heritage. Another highlight of this exclusive tour will be a visit to the UNESCO-inscribed Stonehenge, a prehistoric site surrounded by mystery. Explore the area with your Expert Guide to hear all the interesting facts and theories about the origin and purpose of this incredible stone structure. Finally, you will make a stop in Oxford for a walking tour of the world-famous university city. See the show-stopping college buildings of Oxford University, medieaval landmarks such as the Carfax Tower, and many churches like the University Church of St Mary the Virgin and the Christ Church Cathedral. Immerse yourself in the story of one of oldest and most prestigious university cities in the world! Choose the 12-hour option for skip-the-line tickets to Windsor Castle and enjoy a self-guided tour of the castle interior. It is one of the most visited attractions in England, but thanks to skip-the-line tickets you will not have to wait in the queue to enter. If you are interested in the royal way of life, then you have to step inside this 1,000-year-old royal residence! Discover what treasures are hidden inside, admire the design of the royal apartments, and see the tombs of British kings and queens at St George Chapel.

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4.4 / 5

based on 128 reviews

The tour it self was very interesting. The guide woman was very nice and helpful. I would say it’s little over priced as for what you get. For family of 4 we paid just over £83.

Richard, amazing guy. Knowledgable, patient and great people skills. I really enjoyed the walking tour. Wish him all the success and the team many more successful walking tours.

it was great pleasure to see around the most wonderful university across the globe. Great thanks for Alex and have a great collage life there. Take care please.

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

Nick was engaging and taught us a lot of interest history!