Guided tour

Oxford: Complete University Tour with optional Christ Church

Activity provider: Footprints Tours
Guided tour

Oxford: Complete University Tour with optional Christ Church

Activity provider: Footprints Tours

From US$ 91.70 per person

See Oxford in one day with this small group, sight-packed, full-day tour with an authentic Oxford student to give you the inside scoop, along with the little known facts and locations off the beaten path! Includes entrances with optional Christ Church

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Duration 5 hours
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Skip the line through a separate entrance
Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Full-day Oxford tour including a visit to the Bodleian Library
  • Enjoy fast-track College entrances with an Oxford student guide
  • Get an authentic tour, beyond the typical tourist hype
  • Small Group Tour
  • Upgrade to include a ticket to Christ Church
Full description
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 Rhodes House, the Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum. The latter is known to have one of the most exceptional collections in England, including Victorian shrunken heads. The tour stops for lunch at the Eagle and Child pub, a second home to J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis while they were members of the Inklings. After lunch, 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 Merton College, 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 College, exploring the unique meadows - such 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. Those who have selected the option to enter Christ Church will then have their pre arranged tickets given to them, and they will be free to explore the college at their own pace. The guide will be at hand before entering to offer further advice and guidance. Please note - the structure on the day may differ.
  • Oxford University Student Guide
  • Entry to Bodleian Library
  • Entry to one of the oldest Colleges at Oxford
  • Entry to one of the largest Colleges at Oxford
  • Entry to Weston Library
  • Small-Group Tour
  • Lunch
  • Gratuities

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  • As Oxford University is first and foremost an educational institution, it can be subject to last minute closures provided without notice. If this does occur, you can be assured you will see the best of what is available on the day. You will be informed of any fundamental alterations which are made in advance of the tour starting - and an offer of a refund will be always be made available in such rare circumstances.
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Fabulous day with Jamie!! Would highly recommend this tour to get the most out of your time in Oxford. We got lucky being the only people on the tour that day, so we had a private guide!! We covered loads of ground and Jamie was so knowledgeable about the history, people and traditions of the various colleges, some of which are hilariously funny. He answered all our questions, and we had lots. We opted afterwards to take the Christchurch tour. Unfortunately Jamie wasn’t permitted to join us for that part, but he gave us a talk about the college prior to entry and we had the audio guide once inside. This part adds about an hour to the tour.

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May 10, 2022

Jess was a great guide! Loved hearing her insights and in-depth knowledge. Was great to have a chat with her after the tour too!

April 19, 2022

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