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

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: University Walking Tour with Christ Church Visit

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: Morse/Lewis and Endeavour Walking Tour

Oxford: Morse/Lewis and Endeavour Walking Tour

Meet your qualified green (or blue) badge guide at Martyrs Memorial on St Giles for a 2-hour walking tour of Oxford with emphasis on the filming of Morse/Lewis and Endeavour. Your guide will give a brief introduction to the city and the university, and from here you will head off through the very heart of Oxford to explore locations associated with the filming. You will see many of the colleges (from the outside), as well as The Bodleian Library, Old Schools Quadrangle, The Weston Library and The Radcliffe Camera.  Other sites will include The Bridge of Sighs and many of the pubs where the words ‘pint Morse’ were often spoken! Each tour is different, a script is not followed, and the best route will be chosen on the day to give you the very best experience.

Oxford: Stepping Through Oxford Walking Tour

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: Uncomfortable Oxford™ Walking Tour

Oxford: Uncomfortable Oxford™ Walking Tour

The perfect introductory tour of Oxford, this tour engages with the politics of memory in the city and university. It covers histories of empire, inequality, and race, class, and gender discrimination, highlighting how these legacies have an enduring impact on our modern lives. *Tour Itinerary:* 1 - Carfax Tower 2 - Rhodes Statue 3 - All Souls College 4 - Weston Library 5 - Sheldonian Theatre 6 - Balliol College 7 - Faculty of History 8 - Bonn Square Please note that the itinerary can vary slightly depending on time and tour guide. ACCESSIBILITY: Wheelchair accessible, but please note some mildly uneven pavement and crowding in the city centre. Distance walked is less than 2km.

App Self-guided London - Harry Potter Oxford

App Self-guided London - Harry Potter Oxford

Discover the magic of Harry Potter on a guided tour of Oxford. Visit filming locations from the movies, including the Bodleian Library, New College, and Christ Church. Start your tour at the Bodleian Library, which was used as the hospital wing of Hogwarts. See where key scenes such as Harry's recovery in "The Philosopher's Stone" and the dance lesson in "The Goblet of Fire" were filmed. Learn about the library's history, as the oldest university building in Oxford, used for theological discussions since the 15th century. Next, head to New College, which was the setting for the halls of Hogwarts, where Harry is ridiculed with badges that say "Potter sucks" in "Goblet of Fire." Inside New College, see a 200-year-old oak tree, under which Malfoy is transformed into a ferret by Moody. Finally, visit Christ Church, where the stairs were used in McGonagall's welcome to Harry, Ron, and Hermione. Although Hogwarts' Great Hall was inspired by Christ Church's dining hall, it was not filmed there. See the dining room, which is still used by students who dine there every day.

New: Oxford Costumed Ghost Tour In-Character

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: Simply Oxford University walking Tour

Oxford: Simply Oxford University walking Tour

Meet your fully qualified guide outside Christ Church memorial gardens on St Aldates for a 90-105 mins tour through the University, hear the story of how it all began, see stunning buildings, and admire the architecture. Your guide is fully qualified - a member of The Oxford Guild of Tour Guides and / or The Institute of Tourist Guiding so you can be assured of the highest quality of tour. What makes this tour special is the group size, we keep it small to experience the very best and allow interaction with your guide. Highlights include (all from outside): The Bodleian library; The Weston Library, The Old Schools Quadrangle and The Radcliffe Camera, The Clarendon Building, The Museum to the History of Science, The Sheldonian Theatre, The Bridge of Sighs, The University Church, All Souls College, Brasenose College, Merton College, plus many other secrets and surprises along the way. Ideal for families, individuals, couples or anyone that wants to get the very best from their time in Oxford. There is no script or a planned route, each tour is unique and will be chosen on the day to ensure your time is maximised. The tour will finish on or around Broad Street where recommendations will be made for lunch, shopping, further sightseeing and colleges you may like to visit.

Oxford: Official University Walking Tour with Expert Guide

Oxford: Official University Walking Tour with Expert Guide

Developed by the University of Oxford’s central library, the Bodleian Libraries, in partnership with the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides, our popular city of Oxford walking tour will take you on an engaging journey that will reveal the secrets of this historic city. Starting and ending at the Weston Library, you will see beyond the remarkable spaces of the Bodleian Library in this walking tour; taking in the historic streets of Oxford and following in the footsteps of famous authors, scientists, politicians and film stars. As part of the tour you will see inside the oldest teaching room in the University: The Divinity School; as well as the exterior of the Bodleian Library, the Radcliffe Camera and the streets surrounding the central Bodleian site. All our walking tours are conducted by accredited, qualified guides.

From Birmingham: Oxford Full-Day Tour

From Birmingham: Oxford Full-Day Tour

Embark on a captivating journey from Birmingham to the illustrious city of Oxford, renowned for its prestigious university and rich history. Our adventure begins as we depart Birmingham promptly at 9:00 AM. Relax in the plush seats of our executive coach and anticipate the enriching experiences that await you in Oxford. Arriving in Oxford at 11:00 AM, we delve straight into the heart of this historic city. Our first stop is Trinity College, where we embark on a guided walking tour led by a knowledgeable blue badge guide. Explore the stunning architecture, tranquil courtyards, and storied halls of Trinity College as our guide regales you with fascinating tales of academia and tradition. 13:00 Free Time to Explore Following the guided tour, you'll have ample free time to immerse yourself in the wonders of Oxford. Here are some of the most interesting places to visit and things to do: Divinity School: The University’s oldest purpose-built teaching and examination room. It is also a location made famous from featuring in the Harry Potter film series. Bodleian Library: Marvel at one of the oldest libraries in Europe, housing a vast collection of rare manuscripts and books. Radcliffe Camera: Admire the iconic circular library, a masterpiece of English Palladian architecture. Christ Church College: Wander through the picturesque grounds of this historic college, which boasts connections to Lewis Carroll and Harry Potter. Ashmolean Museum: Explore the diverse collections of art and antiquities spanning thousands of years of human history. (FREE ENTRY) Punting on the River Thames: Enjoy a leisurely punt along the tranquil waters of the River Thames, soaking in the scenic views of Oxford's skyline. Indulge in a delightful lunch at one of Oxford's charming cafes or traditional pubs, or perhaps enjoy a spot of shopping along the bustling high street, filled with independent boutiques and artisanal shops. As the day draws to a close, we bid farewell to Oxford and embark on our journey back to Birmingham. Relax and reflect on the day's adventures as we traverse the picturesque countryside, arriving back at Station Street by 20:00 PM. Historical Insights and Quiz at the end of the tour Throughout the journey, our expert tour guide will regale you with fascinating historical insights, providing context to the landmarks and sights we encounter along the way. Additionally, prepare to test your newfound knowledge with a fun quiz onboard the coach, with exciting prizes awaiting

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(8 reviews)

Ben, our guide, made the visit very enjoyable by sharing his experience and knowledge. Our teenage daughter is usually not a fan of tours but she was very happy on this one. Excellent way to get to know Oxford.

Interesting and informative tour, the blue badge guide was very enthusiastic and engaging and she easily kept our attention all through the tour. Any questions raised with her were always fully answered.

Informative, interesting and entertaining. Magnus gave us lots of insights into the programmes and the making of them. Gave us lots to take away and look for when we rematch. An excellent tour

Leigh made the shows come alive! My husband and I are enjoying watching them much more now that we are looking for the Oxford sites we saw on the tour.

Excellent tour, very knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended, good value for money