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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!

  • City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

    2. City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

    Home to the oldest University in Britain, Oxford is an architectural marvel. You'll get fantastic views of its honey colored buildings as well as tantalizing glimpses of the hushed courtyards of its many Colleges. Visit the International award winning Oxford Castle Heritage area and you'll travel by the Ashmolean, the Sheldonian, the historic Carfax junction - see this and more on the City Sightseeing tour of Oxford. Your Tour Itinerary Stop 1 - Railway Station Stop 2 - Park End Street Stop 3 - Bus Station Stop 4 - New Road Stop 5 - West Gate  Stop 6 - Speedwell Street Stop 7 - Christ Church Stop 8 - Brasenose College Stop 9 - The Queens College Stop 10 - The Plain Stop 11 - St. Cross Road Stop 12 - South Parks Road Stop 13 - Sheldonian Theatre Stop 14 - Trinity College Stop 15 - Parks Road Stop 16 - Banbury Road Stop 17 - Woodstock Road Stop 18 - Browns Restaurant Sto...

    Oxford open top bus tour very informative with flexibility of hopping on and off as you made your wary around. I would definitely do again.

  • Oxford: University and City Walking Tour

    3. 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

    4. 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

    5. 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

  • Harry Potter Studio Tour & Oxford Day Tour from London

    6. 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: City Bike Tour with Student Guide

    7. Oxford: City Bike Tour with Student Guide

    Discover Oxford’s historic town center, and the magical parks on the outskirts of town with this guided bike tour. Pedal past the city’s best attractions and cover more ground. Meet your guide in the city center to start your experience. Cycle through the city alongside a student guide, and learn about the history of Oxford. Marvel at the university buildings where Oscar Wilde, J. R. R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and many British politicians studied. Admire the architecture of Oxford colleges, and enter the famous Bodleian Library. Marvel at the scenery of Port Meadow, and visit sites you can’t reach on foot. Enjoy plenty of stops along the route, and finish back at the original meeting point.

    Fabulous and well structured tour, by a knowledgeable guide (Fred). It was well organised and very informative. We loved it and would recommend.

  • Oxford: Official “Haunted Oxford” Ghost Tour

    8. 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...

  • Oxford: Costumed Ghost Tour with Special Guests

    9. 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.

  • Oxford, Stratford & Cotswolds Villages Small-Group Tour

    10. Oxford, Stratford & Cotswolds Villages Small-Group Tour

    Escape the bustle of London on a full-day sightseeing tour to see some of England's most glorious sights and countryside. Travel in a 16-seat Mercedes mini-coach, and enjoy an intimate, personalized experience as you visit Oxford, Stratford, and Cotswolds villages. Head out of the city on a route that shows you some of off-the-beaten-path London, and your guide will provide full commentary along the way. Then travel into the countryside, heading north-west to picturesque Stratford-upon-Avon. Before you arrive in Stratford, hear about the town’s history and its most famous resident, William Shakespeare. On arrival you’ll have the option of visiting Shakespeare’s birthplace if you wish, or you can explore the town on your own. Enjoy lunch in Stratford, and then take a guided walk through the town that includes a stop at the unusual church where Shakespeare is buried. Leaving Stratford ...

    Our guide, Colleen was very informative, funny and helpful. We really enjoyed our trip especially driving through the countryside.

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What people are saying about University of Oxford

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 2,952 reviews

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