This tour operates daily tour at 1pm. See Oxford and England's history will be brought alive on this unique small-group guided walking tour of the city and university traditions ... More info ›
This tour operates daily tour at 1pm. See Oxford and England's history will be brought alive on this unique small-group guided walking tour of the city and university traditions. See inside colleges with any chargeable entrance fees included in your tour. The 90 to 120-minute long tour will feature storytelling about student life, college traditions, Henry VIII, Bloody Mary, CS Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien and even Harry Potter!
You may also visit the Divinity school of the Bodleian library (which is also a Harry Potter film site). The tours may cost marginally more than competitors, because the group sizes are considerably smaller. The average is 1-4 persons only.
This walking tour departing outside Oxford Visitor Information Centre will introduce you to English history in Oxford, religious strife during the Reformation and Civil War, foundations of the university, town & gown student riots, literary heritage including inspirations for Oxford writers' creations, such as 'Alice in Wonderland'. You will also learn about eccentric traditions, urban legends and Oxford's relationship with 'the other place'!
There are lots of amazing sights to see, walking through Oxford city centre, including many of the colleges plus other university or city sites like the Bodleian Library and Christchurch (both Harry Potter film locations!). Depending on your interests and which colleges may be open to see inside of, as the average group size is less under 5 persons, you can request your guide to try to tailor tour itinerary according to your interests.
Generally, the tour always visits inside one or two of the university's historic college buildings or inside the Divinity School but you will see many more colleges on the route too. October to March, usually you will see inside New College (founded 1379, with the medieval city walls intact). During the high summer season, the tour usually visits inside Exeter College (1314, where J.R.R Tolkien studied) or St Johns College (1555, where Tony Blair studied). Every tour varies, so please send your requests to the local provider and your guide will do their best to cater for them.
Most of our guides are Oxford students or graduates or actors, so they can introduce what student life is like credibly & with humour.