Guided tour

Oxford: Official University and City Walking Tour

Activity provider: Experience Oxfordshire

Oxford: Official University and City Walking Tour

Activity provider: Experience Oxfordshire

From US$ 25.40 per person

Navigate through hidden passages and alleyways and past the most famous colleges, monuments, and pubs on a walking tour hosted by the city’s tourism board through Oxford University and city center.

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Duration 2 hours
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  • Admire Oxford's stupendous architecture and picturesque parks
  • Find the city’s secret alleyways and passageways alongside an expert guide
  • Discover the history hidden behind the walls of Oxford University
  • Walk past the favorite pubs of Inspectors Morse, Lewis, and Endeavour
  • See Harry Potter film locations, New College and Christ Church, from the outside
Full description
Explore Oxford, the city of Dreaming Spires, on a walking tour with an expert guide from the city’s tourism board. Be shown the city’s most famous sights, uncover its hidden history, and enjoy all the astonishing stories about Oxford's key characters- real and fictional. Meet your guide at the grand and very old Broad Street (once the city's ditch) let them know where you come from and any special Oxford interests you may have and they will do their best to incorporate those.  Go to Martyrs' Memorial, the scene of terrible religious retributions in medieval times, and on to the oldest tower at St Michael of the Northgate built in Saxon times. Then, make your way to the very heart of the University and the inspiration behind Harry Potter's Hogwarts School. Pass by the pubs where the Inklings used to meet to discuss their writing as well as the pubs where Inspector Morse was filmed and the most popular student drinking holes in days of old. Discover the city that is home to several of Britain's most famous literary characters - both fictional and real - such as JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, Philip Pullman, and Colin Dexter as well as some of their most famous creations like Lyra and Will, and Inspector Morse. Admire Oxford's stupendous architecture, gargoyles and grotesques, so wonderfully preserved from every historical period and style, and take a stroll through the breathtaking Radcliffe Square. Cross the whimsical Bridge of Sighs as it's fondly known, just like the ones in Venice and Cambridge. See the Bodleian Libraries from the outside in the splendid Old Schools Quadrangle. Learn about the city’s famous museums including the Museum of the History of Science, containing Einstein's blackboard, The Pitt Rivers, once home to shrunken heads, and the fabulous Ashmolean, which was one of the very first ever museums in the world. If time allows, walk as far as to the beautiful Christ Church Meadows, where punting happens and cattle graze; a truly pastoral and quintessential English scene.
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    Covid-19 precautions

    You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • Masks are optional for this activity

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    Meeting point

    Meet your Guide outside the Cool Britannia Gift Shop, at the junction of Broad St and Turl Street. They will be holding a sign.

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    Important information

    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes

    Not allowed

    • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)

    Know before you go

    • Please note, many colleges remain closed since the pandemic and so although your Guide will try their best, a college visit may not be possible
    • All the key University & Library buildings will be seen from the outside, but there is still plenty to enjoy in the fabulous architecture
    •  This tour will take place rain or shine
    • This tour has VisitEngland #SafeTravels accreditation
    • Groups sizes are small for your safety and comfort
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.8 /5

    based on 191 reviews

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    Hannah is knowledgeable and humble. I enjoyed the tour, I will surely reffer my friends and family to take part in the tour. Hannah is very diplomatic and avoided controversial or political topics. I am from Zimbabwe formally known as Rhodesia, after Cecil John Rhodes, Hannah handles the topic very well, I was impressed. I learnt so much about Oxford that I didn't know about.

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    July 28, 2022

    Our tour was incredibly informative and fun! Hannah (our guide) did a wonderful job interweaving rich historical facts and traditions along with interesting contemporary trivia. I felt that by the end of the tour we had really covered an amazing breadth of information, and we got to admire many of the most impressive areas up close. Most of the colleges were closed to tours due to exams, but nevertheless our guide made the most of it and showed us all she could. She also gave us some great tips afterward for where to eat! The tour was 100% worth it, and I would gladly recommend it to anyone wishing to admire both the beauty and legacy of Oxford.

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    June 25, 2022

    All on time and Hannah was a knowledgeable and pleasant guide. The only problem was we started just as the heavens opened and we had driving rain to contend with. There was nowhere to shelter and one family immediately left the tour after five minutes. I lasted for thirty minutes but there was no pleasure in standing in the open getting absolutely soaked. There should be a contingency plan for such foul weather. As it happened, after an hour the weather cleared so I think that the guide should have told the group to take shelter and delayed the start until the weather improved. Sadly I wasted my money because of the foul weather and the lack of a wet weather plan.

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    April 14, 2022

    Product ID: 393316