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Oxford: Official “Haunted Oxford” Ghost Tour

1. Oxford: Official “Haunted Oxford” Ghost Tour

Discover all the key haunted places in and around Oxford on a nighttime walking tour based on the book 'Haunted Oxford' led by the author himself, Rob Walters. Experience the best way to 'see' Oxford’s ghosts on a route that takes you around the heart of central Oxford and its University. Meet your guide and get whisked away into the night, starting on the corner of Turl Street and Broad Street, which was once the city ditch and site of terrible murders and religious persecution. Learn about the history of Oxford and hear many splendidly spooky stories dating back to Danish Viking times. Walk past Oxford University, Radcliffe Square, and peer into the Old Schools Quadrangle - of Harry Potter fame. Admire the gorgeous and imposing architecture of Oxford and feel the history in the walls, which are well preserved and represent every period of architecture from Medieval through Classical to modern.  Look up at the Bridge of Sighs, so-called as it is reminiscent of the one at Venice which led prisoners to their doom. Wind down the ancient walled lane to New College, built in the late 1300s, and see its dark gates against the gloom.

Oxford: Punting River Trip with Optional Walking Tour

2. Oxford: Punting River Trip with Optional Walking Tour

See Oxford from the river on this punting or rowing tour. Your guide will meet you and walk you along Broad street to the boat house. On route there, you will walk past some of the most famous sights of Oxford and learn about them from your guide.  Then, go out on the beautiful river for an hour. While on the river, you'll get lots of insight into Oxford student life and traditions. This is in fact how almost every Oxford university student celebrates their graduation.  Locals often take picnics or Pimms on the river, which is sold at the boat house. The boating activity is ideal for private groups couples and families as the boats only fit max 3 or 4 customers. You also have the option to book a private group or a public shared group walking tour which lasts 90-120 minutes to schedule either before or after the 1-hour boat trip.

Oxford: Costumed Ghost Tour with Special Guests

3. Oxford: Costumed Ghost Tour with Special Guests

Prepare for the unexpected and keep your wits about you as you undertake one of the most entertaining experiences in Oxford. Home to some of the most brutal murders in England's long history, Oxford is uniquely known as the epicenter of troubled souls, dark energy, and flesh-eating beasts. Venture through the dark alleyways and haunted squares of the town while enjoying mysterious tales of ghosts, horror. and sinister happenings. Learn about Oxford’s terrifying history with a combination of stories and dramatic performances by expertly trained actors who will play out the most barbaric and brutal punishments exacted during Oxford's Medieval and Civil War years. Be prepared for the surprise appearance of multiple wild beasts! After an exhilarating and entertaining wander around the city, finish up at one of the famous pubs in Oxford.

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Very enjoyable evening tour. There were 20 of us o the walk and the Guide explained the H&S rules regarding walking Oxford at night and to be aware of cyclists who can sweep out of side roads. The Guide was very knowledgable and explained the History of Oxford and how the Ghost stories tied in. She made the stories very interesting and enjoyable and the 2 hrs soon passed. we were fortunate that we had fine weather for the tour I would imagine that it would be quite q bit different should it rain. We visited sites that you would not usually go to - small side roads that had interesting stories . Have now purchased a book that tells the stories. Only negative was background noise from such as motor bikes and Police sirens. Guide would stop till the noise had passed. Recommend that if you have hearing problems to keep in the front of the lineup when the Guide is telling the stories.

We really enjoyed this walking tour.Hannah was very knowledgeable and told the ghost stories well, with the city streets around the colleges after dark adding great atmosphere.

It was fun, funny and educational. A good delivery from the guide who certainly knew his facts. A decent pair of shoes definitely required. I would recommend this experience

Rob was great and very knowledgeable, as a whole a very enjoyable tour with gorgeous Oxford sceneries