Guided tour

Oxford University: Guided Small Group Walking Tour

4.7 / 5

80 reviews

Activity provider: Visit Oxford Tours

Oxford University: Guided Small Group Walking Tour

Activity provider: Visit Oxford Tours

From US$ 32.16 per person

Explore the events that shaped Oxford as you walk past colleges and famous sights. See inside one or more colleges and hear about Oxford life with a guide on this small-group walking tour.

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Duration 105 minutes
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available


  • Enjoy a walking tour around the city of Oxford and its university
  • Follow the informative, eccentric, and humorous tour guide
  • See inside some of Oxford's most beautiful colleges
  • Led by Oxford-educated guides or by Oxford actors
Full description

The tour introduces at least 9 colleges and describes college life, student traditions, famous literary, scientific, and political figures, and English history in Oxford. Follow a guide around the city as you visit the famous sights and learn about the history of Oxford. Get the most out of your trip to Oxford on this tour – the general tour can be scheduled to suit whatever requests and interests you have. This tour is ideal for small groups, language schools, or business organizations. 

Guides of the tour often speak various languages and most are Oxford students, graduates, English tutors, actors, or actresses. Most tours visit inside 1 or 2 colleges, but which colleges visited is impossible to predict in advance.

  • Entry to Divinity School (Harry Potter film site)
  • Map of Oxford College and sights
  • Entrance to any colleges the local partner doesn't have existing access rights to
  • Entrance to Christchurch

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Meeting point

• Meet your guide outside the currently empty shop. at 15 Broad Street • This is next to the Oxfam shop at 17 Broad Street • The guide will be wearing a red <iloveoxford> lanyard

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Important information

What to bring

  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • On graduation dates, entry to colleges is not guaranteed. Colleges may be closed on graduation dates or for Christmas
  • 2022 graduation dates include:
  • March 5 and 12
  • May 7, 14, and 21
  • June 4, July 16, 26, 29, and 30
  • August 5 and 6
  • September 10, 23, and 24
  • November 4, 5, and 12
  • 2023 graduation dates include:
  • February 23
  • March 4
  • May 6, 13, and 20
  • Entrance to The Divinity School film site (at the Bodleian Library) is not guaranteed. The Divinity School is generally closed December 24-26 and on January 1 every year
  • To book a tour in a foreign language, select the £50 surcharge option button "tour conducted in foreign language option." The activity provider may not always be able to find a guide for that language
  • The tour runs rain or shine
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4.7 /5

based on 80 reviews

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We learned a lot from our guide Peter; he was very knowledgeable. Saw just enough for us to know what to circle back to see or other places to visit later that day. Overall good. We did feel that our guide didn’t really listen to what interested us though and were confused as to what was covered on the trip and what was not. He was 15 min late to meet us and seemed a bit flustered. Also had a hard time finishing his explanations of things before he moved on. A stop for a smoothy was thoughtful, but we were not interested and despite telling him this, we did so anyway and felt compelled to have one.

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June 14, 2022

Good 2 hours with Alastair through the streets of Oxford. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the city and of a lot of Colleges out there. I do not give 5 stars only because, we are not natural english speakers and Alastair flow was so fast and always jumping from one topic to the next that it was sometimes tough to follow him, in particular for our 2 teenagers, who surrendered after a while.

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July 28, 2021

My family and I have been to Oxford a couple of times before, wondering where to go and what to see. This time we booked a guided tour and our experience was amazing. We booked a Harry Potter tour and our guide, Peter, made our day as a fairytale. The tour was informative, interesting and very entertaining. Peter has graduated Oxford university and told us a lot about about how to apply, the colleges and the student life. Apart from showing us the places where Harry Potter was filmed, and telling us a lot of interesting and unknown facts, he also showed us around Oxford and took us to places with historic charm and character, which you will never discover on your own. Peter stayed far longer with us than initially planned and we felt special. We highly recommend the guided tours of this company!

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July 26, 2021

Product ID: 28241