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Walking Tour of Oxford and University

Product ID: 29999
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: 90 minutes
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  • 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
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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.
  • 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.
Customer reviews

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4.4 / 5

based on 390 reviews

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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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February 23, 2020

While it is a 1 1/2 hour tour, there is no great distances of walking involved. The tour guide (Magnus) was very easy to follow (no difficult accent and talking relatively slow, loud and clear). He was also quite funny while giving many details about the history and present time operation of the various buildings, universities etc. in Oxford. I'd definitely recommend getting a tour when you go to Oxford. There is so much to see that you'll miss it if you don't get guided.

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October 18, 2019

Magnus was a great guide. It was a shame that we could not get in the two main places as it was lunchtime therefore no one was allowed in the dining hall (not a good time to have a tour for) and there was an event in the library which meant we did not get to see it

October 15, 2019

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Product ID: 29999