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All Souls College: Our most recommended tours and activities

Oxford: 3-Hour Private Tour with Student Guide

1. Oxford: 3-Hour Private Tour with Student Guide

Embark on an extended 3-hour tour of the best Oxford has to offer with a local student guide. Go behind closed doors with an energetic and knowledgeable student guide who will help you to peel back the complex layers and mystique of this world-famous institution. First, visit one of the oldest colleges at Oxford University for a peek inside this restricted world of academia. Stroll the gardens, unearth the peculiar Oxford traditions, and see from a real student, how this elite educational institution operates. Then, head over to the Bodleian Library - a colossal site that houses over 13 million books. Enter the first purpose-built lecture room at Oxford, where you can admire some of the most ornate medieval architecture in Europe. Listen as your guide explains the early rituals and tests students underwent, how the British Parliament was held in the building by King Charles I and later King Charles II. Discover the library’s role in the most defining ceremony at Oxford and see the locations where multiple scenes of the Harry Potter movies were filmed. Along with these focal points, also cover the most famous landmarks in Oxford city and at Oxford University. Your private tour can be tailored to the specific locations or subjects you wish to cover. Just contact the operator in advance if you have anything specific in mind and they will do their best to incorporate anything that’s available to the public on the day (additional entrance fees may be required for such requests).

Oxford: Costumed Ghost Tour with Special Guests

2. 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: Complete University Tour with optional Christ Church

3. Oxford: Complete University Tour with optional Christ Church

You will begin in central Oxford, with a brief and engaging introduction which will lay the foundation for the vast periods of history to be covered! Then the tour will enter a college renowned for having the most beautiful lawns in Oxford along with an iconic dispute with its neighbour - resulting in a supposed theft of the College tortoise (Oxford Annual Tortoise Race explanation included!). Then the group will visit the Sheldonian Theatre, where students experience the most iconic ceremony at Oxford University. You can hear from your student guide how the experience was for them. Next you will enter a historic museum -complete with a chalkboard used by Einstein in Oxford - and visit the Weston Library, a great example of a hybrid historic and modern interior. This tour will then cover sites that none of our other tours do! Including Rhodes House, the Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum. The latter is known to have one of the most exceptional collections in England, including Victorian shrunken heads. The tour stops for lunch at the Eagle and Child pub, a second home to J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis while they were members of the Inklings. After lunch, you can get a photo under the Bridge of Sighs before gazing up at the first round library in England, where your Oxford student guide will give you rare insights into the labyrinth of underground tunnels students. Not to be forgotten, All Souls College. With entrance exams as complex as they are bizarre, this site will highlight how exclusive a College can be and how influential its members are. Heading down to the southern part of Oxford, we visit a hidden door depicting the most famous characters in C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. Before entering the largest College at Oxford, Home to Oscar Wilde and C. S. Lewis, and its own deer park. Explore the iconic grounds which have been home to Oxford’s most influential writers, complete with medieval cloisters. The tour will head over to Merton College, home of Tolkien, to discuss not only its literary importance, but it’s multi million pound kitchen, funded by the current Emperor of Japan! The tour will then go to Christ Church College, exploring the unique meadows - such a stunning expanse of land incredibly rare in a medieval city. Here you will learn about its close connection to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - along with its decision to be held to a different time zone than the rest of Oxford. Those who have selected the option to enter Christ Church will then have their pre arranged tickets given to them, and they will be free to explore the college at their own pace. The guide will be at hand before entering to offer further advice and guidance. Please note - the structure on the day may differ.

Oxford: Private Walking Tour with University Alumni Guide

4. Oxford: Private Walking Tour with University Alumni Guide

Whether you’re coming for a family holiday or a day trip with friends, Oxford is the perfect historic destination. If you know where to look, you’ll find Harry Potter filming locations; the alma maters of some of the world's most famous literary figures, politicians and philosophers; the pub in which the first copies of 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe' were handed out; and much, much more. But how do you make the most out of your time in this magical city? A private tour is a great way to get an intimate and tailored insight into Oxford and the beautiful university. You can completely tailor the experience: from meeting and starting points to any particular themes you wish to be covered (please email the local supplier in advance with any requests). Speak to your guide if you would like to visit any paid sites  this can be discussed and arranged for you. Depending on what you would like to see, there may be additional entrances fees but your guides can discuss all available options for you at the start of the tour. Your guides have a great insight into Oxford and are committed to providing interesting and enjoyable tours of this beautiful city, rather than tours which put people to sleep. Most of your guides have themselves studied at The University of Oxford and can provide you with details on how the institution really works. Cover the highlights of Oxford to ensure you see the best the city has to offer. A typical itinerary includes: • Balliol College • Trinity College • Sheldonian Theatre • The Divinity School • Bridge of Sighs • The Bodleian Library • The Radcliffe Camera • The University Church of St Mary The Virgin • Christ Church College • All Souls College • Oriel College • Merton College

Oxford: Decolonial Walking Tour with Student Guide

5. Oxford: Decolonial Walking Tour with Student Guide

Embark on a different kind of walking tour as you wander around Oxford while exploring some thought-provoking questions. See the Cecil Rhodes statue, the All Souls College Library, the Radcliffe Camera, and much more. Your tour begins with the history of Oxford itself, a town contending with a growing university, a history marked by violence and a power imbalance, the effects of which still shape the space of the modern city to this day. Follow your guide as they create connections between the past and present that go beyond simplistic narratives. Visit the Rhodes Building at Oriel College and see the much-debated statue of Cecil John Rhodes that adorns its façade. Delve into a discussion about the power of statues and the historical legacy of the individual represented here, and discover how heritage debates are more about the present than they are about the past. Next, head to the All Souls College Library and learn about how Western European countries benefited from the institution of slavery through the example of Christopher Codrington, an early modern alumnus and donor, who was himself a slaveholder in Barbados. Your tour continues across the old city center, stopping at famous sights like the Radcliffe Camera, the Bodleian Library, the Sheldonian Theatre, and more, asking the question of who is represented in the urban landscape and architecture, who is invisible, and what this meant in the past. Listen as your guide leads you through complex but productive and respectful conversations on uncomfortable topics. Women's access to education, opening the university to students from British colonies, and the question of class and unequal access to education are just some of the topics covered. Finally, head to Bonn Square for a discussion on war memorials, colonial wars, and imperial amnesia. This is where your tour comes to an end, leaving you with a new perspective and interesting ideas to take with you and share with others.

Stepping Through Oxford Walking Tour

6. Stepping Through Oxford Walking Tour

Get acquainted with City of the Dreaming Spires on this guided walking tour. Pass by some of the key attractions, and also some hidden gems, around this historic university town. Navigate Oxford using your own phone as your guide around this history-packed city. With the Vox City app you can manage everything related to your tour on the go. Learn about the home of one of the most prestigious universities and visit landmarks like the Radcliffe Camera, the Tower of the Five Orders, Hertfort College, and, of course, the renowned University, with local experts ready to answer your questions.

Oxford: Bike & Walking Tour w/ University Alumni Guide

7. Oxford: Bike & Walking Tour w/ University Alumni Guide

Immerse yourself in the culture of Oxford University and learn all about the extent of the renowned campus on this biking and walking tour. Explore the dramatic modern architecture of the Blavatnik Centre and the medieval facade of Magdalen College. The walking element of the tour takes you inside one of the oldest colleges of the university and the world-famous Bodleian Library, famous as a filming location in the Harry Potter films. Experience the scenic landscape of the Christ Church Meadows before visiting All Souls College and the Radcliffe Camera. Weave in and out of the old city with rides across local green spaces and explore the Port Meadow while learning about Lewis Carroll’s time at Oxford.

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What people are saying about All Souls College

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 26 reviews

Having a student guide made it special, perhaps because our guide Anna, a grad student, was so special. Really smart, very knowledgeable, great people skills, entertaining, and passionate about Oxford University, the colleges, and her experience there. The 3 hours flew by We learned a lot, came away with a real appreciation for the town and the academic experience, and had a lot of fun.

Jess was our tour guide and she was fantastic! She is a great story-teller with a good sense of humor and a keene sense of what appeals to her audience (eg 15 year old boys). She is knowledgeable about both the history of Oxford and can speak first-hand to being a student. Ask for her and you won’t be disappointed!

Michael was terrific! His wit, charm, and knowledge were the perfect mix for us. We truly appreciated the time and thoughtfulness of the locations visited. Truly amazing experience from booking to final stop of the tour. Highly recommend!!!

Interesting, well researched, friendly approach, thought provoking discussions.

Arthur is a very eloquent phd student with great knowledge