Guided tour

Oxford: University and City Walking Tour

Oxford: University and City Walking Tour

From US$ 19.95 per person

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 1.5 hours
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English, Italian, French, Chinese, German
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Experience

Highlights
  • 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
Full description

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 linguistic phenomenon of spoonerisms.

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  • College, Library and all other admissions are included in the standard public tour; for private tours college admissions are extra/optional.
    Covid-19 precautions
    Safety measures in place
    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
    Traveler requirements
    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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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

    Overall rating

    4.5 /5

    based on 640 reviews

    Review summary

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    • Value for money
      4.3/5
    • Service
      4.4/5
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    As a family we thoroughly enjoyed our walking guided tour. Lots of interesting facts about Oxford and it’s colleges. Our guide was friendly and kept us informed throughout the experience. We were quite sad when it came to an end but explored onwards after the tour on the advice given by our guide Stewart. Definitely recommend.

    November 21, 2021

    Was a very interesting tour, explaining about the history of the university, the tutorial system, various colleges etc. All within easy walking distance in the mostly pedestrianised centre. Finishing inside New College (which isn’t new)) and showing locations of Harry Potter films, which the kids much enjoyed. I’d say they like it if over 10y old.

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    November 13, 2021

    There were only about 10 participants which gave everyone ample opportunity to ask questions and to hear our guide. I've forgotten his name, unfortunately. We were able to go inside New College which was amazing. Got to see the chapel, the cloisters, the dining hall and the gardens. Furthermore we saw a few colleges from the outside, the lobby of New Bodleian library, outsides of Radcliffe Camera, Bodleian Library, Exeter College and the Venetian Bridge. Since it's all quite contained it was an easy walk. Our guide provided a few fun facts, made us laugh and still managed to provide us with the information we needed! Would definitely recommend.

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    October 26, 2021

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