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  • Oxford: University and City Walking Tour with Alumni Guide

    1. Oxford: University and City Walking Tour with Alumni Guide

    This Oxford University and city walking tour begins in central Oxford and is designed to show you the world behind the doors. The small group size enables the student guide to give a personalized account of university life. Visit one of the university’s oldest colleges, as well as the Bodleian Library. Learn about the history of the university colleges, including All Souls College, Trinity College, Oriel College, Hertford College and Merton College and also the Radcliffe Camera, the University Church of St. Mary and more. You’ll get an equally in-depth history about the town. Hear about ceremonies at Oxford, famous graduates, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and also how the most powerful Archbishop of Canterbury was burned at the stake in Oxford.

    Our guide John deserves a raise, he was absolutely amazing!!! Thank you for such an informative and fun tour!

  • Oxford: University and City Walking Tour

    2. Oxford: University and City Walking Tour

    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. Visit Exeter College, founded in 1314, and another favorite on most tours. Stop by Hertford College, with its romantic façade and Bridge of Sighs, instantly recognizable from Brideshead Revisited. See the University Library and learn about 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 ling...

    A good guided walk. The Guide was very knowledgeable about oxford. Tour length just right. It was a shame, despite the efforts of our Guide, that the majority of the colleges wouldn't allow us inside. But we were allowed in one which I'm sure is representative of the rest. Would recommend.

  • Oxford: Official University and City Walking Tour

    3. Oxford: Official University and City Walking Tour

    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 ...

    So interesting to hear the history combined with the stories and traditions of Oxford. Our guide was excellent, so well informed and Full of energy and enthusiasm

  • Oxford: Harry Potter Tour with Divinity School Entry

    4. Oxford: Harry Potter Tour with Divinity School Entry

    Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and other characters from the Harry Potter movies. J.K. Rowling applied to study at Oxford University and so she was familiar with Oxford. Thus, when they were producing the films, Rowling walked the producers around Oxford, pointing out various sights which they could use, such as the statue that looks like 'Nearly Headless Nick', and Turf Tavern Lane, which looks like Knockturn Alley.

    This tour showcases where the Harry Potter movies were filmed in Oxford. It includes entry to 1 film site only via the Divinity School, where they filmed the classroom, dance, and infirmary scenes.

    You will be passing the city's famous sights and colleges from the outside. You will also be provided with lots of insights about the actors, the producers and about JK Rowling's inspirations. As you walk around, ...

    Peter was very friendly funny and had a lot of knowledge He helped us find a restaurant and how to get back to London

  • Morse, Lewis and Endeavour Walking Tour of Oxford

    5. Morse, Lewis and Endeavour Walking Tour of Oxford

    Go beyond the dreaming spires of Oxford and explore the university city from a different perspective. Follow in the footsteps of the TV series "Inspector Morse" and its spin-off shows "Lewis" and "Endeavour." Enter the fictional world of the author Colin Dexter and his famous detectives as you visit sites where scenes were filmed in the old city center. Start at the stone monument of the Martyrs' Memorial outside Balliol College, and continue to venues such as the luxury Randolph Hotel and the traditional White Horse pub. Venture down Broad Street, learn about the streets and other places familiar to fans of Morse, and get behind-the-scenes information about how the characters were developed.

    Excellent time keeping and planning by Heidi. Covered all major areas of Oxford Centre so even those who weren’t familiar or interested in Morse and Co found it enjoyable . Highly recommended

  • Oxford: Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise

    6. Oxford: Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise

    Traveling down the University Regatta course, the boat passes Christ Church Meadows, the University College Boat Houses, and other landmarks on your way to Iffley lock. This is often a busy and vibrant section of the river where training rowing crews, punts, and pleasure boats jostle for river space in an wonderful display of Oxford at play. Passing through the lock at Iffley is an experience in itself. The river scenery and fascinating buildings combine to form a picture perfect location. Beyond Iffley you will travel in to the tranquil water meadows that surround Oxford and there are abundant opportunities to spot wildlife amongst the green banks and overhanging willows. The boat turns for home at Rose Island, a favourite destination of Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell on their river journeys. Aboard the boat an indulgent afternoon tea is provided by the renowned riverside restaurant,...

    Excellent river cruise and a very indulgent afternoon tea. Thoroughly enjoyed it!

  • London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

    7. London: Full-Day Windsor, Stonehenge, and Oxford Tour

    Enjoy a full day of English heritage visiting the exquisite Windsor Castle, captivating Stonehenge, and the beautiful university city of Oxford. On this 11-hour day-trip departing from London, you get the whistle-stop tour of these unique sites with interesting commentary from your guide along the way. Start your day at Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of HM Queen Elizabeth II. Visit the magnificent State Apartments still used for state occasions and royal receptions. Take some time to explore the castle grounds and the 14th century St. George's Chapel, where you can admire one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England. Next, go to the standing stones of Stonehenge, still clouded in mystery as an amazing feat of human engineering. Explore the prehistoric stone circle and learn about the theories around its construction. Continue to the uni...

    Mel Adam is such an excellent tour guide. I want him everytime i book a tour because I am coming back indeed :)

  • Harry Potter Studio Tour & Oxford Day Tour from London

    8. Harry Potter Studio Tour & Oxford Day Tour from London

    Join this fantastic full day excursion from London which combines a trip to the magical Warner Bros Studio Tour - The Making of Harry Potter with a trip to the historic city of Oxford. This full day excursion begins by journeying out of London, where just under 2 hours away you'll reach the historic city of Oxford, home to England's oldest university. Enjoy a guided walking tour that takes you past famous college buildings, cloisters and quadrangles and cobblestone squares, standing in the the shadows of the famous 'dreaming spires'. At this heart of hallowed academia you’ll see the Bodlean Library, Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre, and selected colleges. There are 38 independent, autonomous colleges at the University, and you will pass by many of them on your tour. After your guided tour, there will be some free time for you to explore all that Oxford has to offer at your own p...

    Excellent tour, the tour guide for Oxford is exceptional. I would advise take a day where the Oxford tour is second in the day. More time could be spent there, many things to do and places to see.

  • Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds: Day Trip from London

    9. Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds: Day Trip from London

    Depart London on a full-day (10-hour) tour that takes you west to experience the beauty of the Cotswolds countryside, and Oxford and Stratford, England’s most romantic cities. Head to Stratford-upon-Avon in the Warwickshire countryside, and enjoy 2 hours in the birthplace of William Shakespeare. Your guide will provide suggestions on the best sites to see. Take a walk around the town center to see beautiful Tudor-style buildings and sites connected with the life of Shakespeare, including the Swan Theatre. Next, your drive will continue through the Cotswolds, as you enjoy views of the lovely landscape and stone villages. A designated area of outstanding natural beauty, this is the English countryside at its finest. Continue to Oxford to explore the most famous university city in the world. Take a walk among the college buildings and admire their dreamy spires. Your guide will recomme...

    Our guide was James. Darren also came along and he was very nice. James was cheerful and happy to give us info about Stratford , Oxford, and the cotswold village we visited. James lives in Stratford so he had great recommendations on food and things to do. Everything ran on time minus the traffic on the way back but that was due to road construction. It was a wonderful day, thank you!

  • From London: Windsor, Oxford & Stonehenge Full-Day Trip

    10. From London: Windsor, Oxford & Stonehenge Full-Day Trip

    The first stop on this tour is Windsor Castle. With its sweeping landscaped gardens and turreted Round Tower, it is easy to see why the castle is the Queen’s favorite weekend residence. Enjoy a fascinating through-the-keyhole peek at the lavish State Apartments, home to priceless artworks by Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci. You can also visit Queen Mary’s Dolls’ House and St George’s Chapel - the final resting place of the monarchs of old, including Henry VIII. The tour then moves onto spectacular Stonehenge. You will never forget your first glimpse of the monolithic rock formation rising up against the skyline of the Salisbury Plain. Theories abound as to Stonehenge’s mysterious origin? Was it intended as a religious temple? An astronomical clock? A Bronze Age burial ground? Make up your own mind as you explore this unique landmark. Your final stop of the day is the charming universit...

    The trip was really fantastic. Bruce - guide, very kind and funny person. I recomend this trip.

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What people are saying about Oxford

Very informative 2 hours. Catered round a few buildings so not a lot of walking. Hassle free access to buildings. Recommended.I had to reduce the party number a couple of days before the tour hitch was easy with a complete refund.

Excellent tour, the tour guide for Oxford is exceptional. I would advise take a day where the Oxford tour is second in the day. More time could be spent there, many things to do and places to see.

Our guide John deserves a raise, he was absolutely amazing!!! Thank you for such an informative and fun tour!

Informative tour. Interesting and fun and youthful guide. Easy to listen!

Our tour guide Sally was wonderful. She was very informative and friendly