Guided tour

Oxford: University and City Walking Tour

Oxford: University and City Walking Tour

Activity provider: Oxford Walking Tours
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From US$ 24.92 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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Live tour guide
English, French, Chinese, Italian, German
Private group available

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. See the dreamy spires of one of the oldest universities in the world on a guided 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.

Includes
  • College admission
  • Library admission
  • Walking tour
  • Guide
    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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    • Private tours college admissions are extra/optional
    • 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 764 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.6/5
    • Value for money
      4.3/5
    • Service
      4.4/5
    • Organization
      4.3/5

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    Half of the price went into entry fees to several colleges - very very very worth it. In addition Stuart was an excellent guide, gave great historical info, answered questions with confidence and provided several anecdotes, and gave info on what to see and do outside of the scope of the tour. Stuff like "there's a great pub there", "you can visit this college after 2pm", "visit x spot for a great view" etc.. Definitely worth every pence. The walk itself covered an area of about 3-4 blocks, so not straining. Lots of Oxford is not friendly for movement disabled. Keep that in mind.

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    May 9, 2022

    Stuart provided a great afternoon walking us around into some fascinating colleges, their quadrangles and gardens, halls and chapels, also a quick look into the Divinity School of the Bodleian library. It was a cold day but Stuart was warm and friendly and chatted knowledgeably and informatively about the places we visited and the people who had lived, worked, or studied there. It was a most interesting glimpse of the academic world of centuries past. Stuart started promptly and gave us extra time at the end of the tour which was kind. Some colleges were not fully open due to services or other events, but Stuart steered us into other colleges instead. Great value and a wonderful introduction to Oxford, certainly very good value and a worthwhile afternoon. Then we headed to the cafe in the Weston library because it was warm in there… but on other occasions we have eaten at the Refectory next to the Radcliffe Camera, as it’s a historical gem!

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    February 13, 2022

    What a fab and enjoyable experience! Our guide , Debbie, was so knowledgeable about Oxford and it was great to be able to go inside some. As it was winter there were only me and my husband on the tour so it was even better ! We would definitely recommend having a guided tour to give you an insight into the history of the various colleges and Oxford itself. I’m sure there wasn’t anything she didn’t know ! Thank you Debbie x

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    February 2, 2022

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