Guided tour

Oxford: History of Medicine - An Oxford Walking Tour

Oxford: History of Medicine - An Oxford Walking Tour

Activity provider: Uncomfortable Oxford Ltd.

From US$ 18.30 per person

Join this tour to dive into questions about the lasting impact of disease and how imperialism, conflict, and inequality shaped the development of modern medicine.

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Duration 105 minutes
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available


  • Learn about the intersections between medical sciences and imperialism in the past.
  • Discuss how resistance to public health policies were expressed in the past as in the present.
  • Analyse the tensions sparked by medical progress and how medical knowledge was challenged in a world-leading University like Oxford.
Full description
Dissect the fascinating and uncomfortable history of health and medicine in the city of Oxford. Beginning in the mediaeval heart of Oxford, we walk participants through the history of health and medical research in the city. Both uncomfortable and fascinating, this tour asks questions about the lasting impact of disease and the way in which imperialism, conflict, and inequality have helped shape the development of modern medicine. Our tours are designed to be critically engaging activities that create discussion amongst participants and challenge them to analyse the diverse impacts of historical events. Using the built environment, we examine health geographies, resistance to public health policies, and the tensions inherent in medical progress. The tour is run by students from the University of Oxford and lasts for 1h45m. The group will walk no more than two miles, but please be aware that cobble stones and uneven pavement may restrict the accessibility of this event.
  • Free stickers at the end of the tour
  • Access to reading lists to learn more about the topics covered
  • Arranged starting point [for groups only, within the city centre]
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Meeting point

Look for a guide holding a tote bag with the activity provider's logo on it. They will be under the "Bridge of Sighs," a visually intriguing landmark of Oxford's streets.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • The tour includes some street crossings and sections with cobblestones
  • The tour covers about 2 km and lasts 1.5 h
  • On weekends, central streets may be quite busy
  • You can cancel your ticket free of charge up to 24h before the tour. You can change your ticket for a different date free of charge up to 24h before the tour, and at the discretion of the organisers if cancelled at the last minute.
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Product ID: 418575