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From London: Oxford and Cotswolds Villages Day Trip

1. From London: Oxford and Cotswolds Villages Day Trip

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Oxford and Cotswolds from London. See the historic Oxford University, explore the Cotswolds villages, and admire the lush English countryside. Depart London and travel by a luxury Mercedes minibus and spend the morning exploring the beautiful university city of Oxford. Wander amongst the listed buildings and colleges, and climb one of the vantage points for breathtaking views of the spires. Marvel at the Ashmolean Museum's collection before making your way to the quaint Cotswolds villages to see traditional tiny cottages built from stone. Arrive at the village of Burford, the Gateway to the Cotswolds, and lose yourself in this bustling market town. Make the short journey to Bibury and stroll to the famous and fairytale-like Arlington Row. Admire these 14th-century cottages and gain an insight into the history from your guide. After, enjoy the scenic ride back to London.

Oxford Castle and Prison: Guided Tour

2. Oxford Castle and Prison: Guided Tour

Step into 1,000 years of Oxford’s history with a costumed tour guide. Climb the Saxon St. George’s Tower, descend deep underground into the 900-year-old Crypt, explore the Victorian Prison D-Wing and Debtors' Tower, and scale the Mound of the 11th-century Motte-and-Bailey castle. Built in 1071 and only closed in 1996, Oxford Castle & Prison is a site with so many fascinating tales to tell. From the modern day stretching all the way back to the barbaric medieval era. The site has links to the birth of education in Oxford, the famous legends of King Arthur, the valiant escape of Empress Matilda and the infamous modern-day cases of murderers and criminals. For hundreds of years, the site has held both famous and infamous residents, serving time as a religious site, a home for royalty, and a center of justice as the county jail. After your 50-minute tour, you will be led into the exhibition wing where you can explore at your own leisure.

Oxford: Oxford and Empire Walking Tour – by Oxford Students

3. Oxford: Oxford and Empire Walking Tour – by Oxford Students

The Oxford and Empire Walking Tour focuses on the University as an institution that produced knowledge, qualifications, and networks, which found their more durable expression on a global scale. ‘Oxford and Empire’ starts at the Natural History Museum, highlighting the close links between the development of knowledge about the natural world and the early explorations voyages, the start of a documentation of the natural world on European terms. This rise of the sciences within the University courses coincided with the development and rise of the high imperial period in Britain. The Great Evolution Debate took place at the Natural History Museum, and its legacy loomed large with the creation of the Pitt Rivers Museum in a back building shortly after, to host the university’s anthropological collections in a typography which reflected fast developing social Darwinists’ beliefs in a hierarchy of civilisations. The tour thereafter takes us to the Rhodes house, interrogating the origins and legacies of a scholarship made of white men from the colonies, and further questions the imperial origins of a series of faculties in Oxford, such as Geography, Plant Science, and International Development. Ultimately, it is a tour that aims to highlight the complex and reciprocal relationship between Oxford and the Empire, and how it endures through the University's global appeal to this day.

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The tour guide was informative and fun, and most importantly, organized! It was simple to find the pick up location and our guide, Dan, of Rabbie’s Tour, kept a good schedule. The trip itself was magnificent. We stopped in Burford and Bibury for the Cotswolds (about 45mins approx each) and then spent about over 2 hours in Oxford. The Cotswold were our personal highlight, and as other reviews said, we wish we could spend longer there, but understand that’s the nature of day tours. Highly recommend.

We were late, the bus led by Neil and Dan waited an extra 10 minutes for us to find them. Once we got going, the trip was fantastic. We visited Burford and Bibry in the Cotswolds, and then 2.5 hours in Oxford. Rhe villages in the Cotswolds were very quaint, and Oxford oozed charm. Neil and Dan were excellent guides with a bright narration style. What one didn't know, the other did. Fan also srove the bus.

Very engaging, interesting driver. Set expectations well. Excellent managing the traffic. Initially, finding the bus was a confusing and stressful experience. A better way would be providing gpa coordinates. Maybe by email the day before.

Loved the small group tour. The only negative is that it arrives in Oxford when the great hall is closed and leaves before the hall reopens at 2:00. Might have been a better to go to Cotswold’s first then Oxford.

Our guide John was very helpful and funny. Excellent guide!