Guided tour

Oxford: University and City Walking Tour

Oxford: University and City Walking Tour

From $20.42 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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English, Italian, French, Chinese, German
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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, 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. Founded in 1314, Exeter College is another favorite on most tours, while Hertford College, with its romantic façade and Bridge of Sighs, is instantly recognizable from “Brideshead Revisited.” College opening times can sometimes restrict entrance, but all tours go to the University Library to provide a greater understanding of 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, Library and all other admissions are included in the standard public tour; for private tours college admissions are extra/optional.
    Covid-19 precautions
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    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
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    • You are required to bring and wear a mask

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    • 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 589 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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    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.

    September 14, 2021

    An hour and a half was just about the right length of time for the stroll around the universities. We were fortunate to have Iain as our guide. He was welcoming, knowledgeable and imparted information with a great deal of humour. His easy, friendly style was a bonus. We now know a great deal more than when we started the tour. Thank you, Iain

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    August 22, 2021

    Edward was a superb guide. He was informative, entertaining and courteous. He answered all questions with kindness and intelligence and by the end of the tour, I think we were all huge fans. We had certainly learnt a lot of fascinating details about a city that had been familiar for many years. I would thoroughly recommend this walk and this particular guide to anyone wanting to learn more about Oxford, whether a tourist or a native.

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    August 11, 2021

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