Oxford PRIVATE Pub And City Evening Walking Tour

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 4 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    5:00 PM
  • Departure Details :
    15 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK
  • Return Details :
    Oxford, UK
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

You will learn lots about Oxford and what to see and do tips of the guide with your own private guide for the evening. Enjoy a guided walking tour of Oxford and explore its city streets at night. Average duration is 3 hours.

Visit a handful of local pubs and learn the stories and urban legends behind them while socializing with others at the two or three historic pubs we visit. This tour offers a social night out in Oxford while you hear stories about local students and their antics, learn urban legends, discover the favourite hangouts of famous alumni, and pass the famous university at night.

Know More about this tour

Get to know more about Oxford and its drinking culture on a 3-hour+ guided walking tour of the city's pubs.

Our tours cost marginally more than competitors, because our group sizes are considerably smaller. We average 2 persons only on tours.

This tour is a nighttime social event as well as a guided walking tour, and it happens to visit some pubs but it is not a pub crawl, nor is it specifically about the pubs. Instead, you will hear about some of the more raucous student antics stories and urban legends, plus the history of the famous university town.

Find out which pubs Bill Clinton and Inspector Morse liked to spend time in, and which pub is reputed to have more brain cells per square inch than any other pub in England! Then enjoy a complimentary drink at one of the bars.

Oxford's colleges are closed at night, but you will pass by many of them on your route. The pubs that you visit are subject to change, but are also open to negotiation, so if you have any preferences simply inform your tour guide.

The default start time for this tour is 5pm. Alternative start times may be available but not guaranteed, however please make known your preference at the time of booking.

Inclusions

Professional guide

Exclusions

Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Food and drinks

Gratuities

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability

Important: Minimum age is 18 years and, if you look like you are aged under 30, you must carry valid photo ID to prove you are aged over 18. This must be a photo driving license, a passport, a proof of age drinking UK ID card, or a military ID card. The date of birth must be visible in English. Without this proof of age, pubs can oblige you to leave their premises

Please note: although we have public liability insurance, any damage to property or accidents to persons, as result of your being intoxicated, are not covered by any PLI. This tour encourages sensible drinking. It is not just a pub crawl; while it visits an average of three pubs in three hours or more, it also introduces Oxford city and university sightseeing spots

Entrance to colleges is NOT generally included on this tour, as the colleges close at 5pm. However, you will see many of the historic colleges and city sights during the tour

PLEASE ARRIVE ON TIME:

INFO FOR DRIVERS AND PARKING:

If you are driving, then please allow extra 30-60 minutes over whatever time you think it will take you to get here. Oxford is NOT car friendly and it is congested roads and hard to find parking spaces....unless you park at the sign posted 'park and rides' on edge of town on any major road into the city and hop on their buses into city centre. The park and ride buses leave every 15 or every 30 minutes and take anything from 10 min to 30 min (depending on traffic) to reach city centre. So if you are going to drive, then please assume you should be aiming to park your car about one hour before your tour starts.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT:

We actually recommend instead using the much faster and reliable train services but again please aim to arrive about an hour or earlier before your tour starts as trains can be delayed and the train and coach station are about 15 minutes walk from our meeting point. There is also the coach service from London called the Oxford Tube which leaves every half hour or more but it can take much longer than its advertised 105 minute journey time. It drops you off either at High street Oxford or Gloucester Green coach station. It's quicker to ask to get off on High street near Carfax tower, then it's a 10 minutes walk to Broad street.

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Surfaces are wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Our company will only carry out any legal mandatory covid workplace restrictions. If and when any of our tours use public transport or enter inside any third party venues, we will comply with whatever their policies may be and no more.

Traveler Reviews

  • 18-Sep-2022

    Peter was an excellent guide for this tour, full of informative stories and a wealth of historical information. The tour had the potential to be awkward as I was the only one on it, but Peter was an excellent companion and I thoroughly enjoyed the pub visits and will take advantage of some of his food and sightseeing recommendations.

  • 23-Jun-2021

    We had a great pub tour with Alisdair! It was a perfect mix of city history and sites and stops at some of the historic pubs around town. Alisdair is very knowledgable and has great stories to tell. It was a great introduction to Oxford!

  • 29-Jun-2019

    Peter was an excellent guide for my husband, friend and myself as we explored Oxford our first night in town. We had a couple of pints throughout the tour and got a mix of history including the university, literary figures, and even a touch of Harry Potter. Peter was very knowledgeable and gave a great overview of the city, including many tips and tricks for the remainder of our stay. Would happily join one of this company's tours again!

  • 20-Feb-2019

    Wir haben die Pubtour mit Alasdair gemacht. Er kennt sich sehr gut aus und hat tolle Geschichten über Stadt, Studenten und Colleges erzählt. Die Pubs wurden individuell an unsere Tour angepasst, da wir schon einige besucht hatten. Diese Tour hat den Besuch in Oxford aufgewertet. Ein Muss um das Nachtleben und die Leute besser kennenzulernen. Viele Grüße Michael

  • 06-Dec-2018

    Tour organised for a group of European colleagues visiting Oxford for the first time. Alasdair our guide was excellent in his knowledge & delivery & set exactly the right level between the sights & the pubs. The feedback from every member of our group was excellent with everyone enjoying the whole evening.

  • 30-Oct-2017

    I had arranged this tour for my family from the US. Having no expectations, we came away from this fun and informative tour with the sense of having been treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Our guide happened to be the owner of the company and had to track us down at our hotel because we had not arrived at the decided location on time. He very kindly picked us up and off we went to walk in the footsteps of history...via the local pubs! Don't miss this tour if you plan to spend a night in Oxford. We met new and interesting people by sharing a table in one of the pubs and the conversation and education were entertaining and memorable. The tour (because of the season) was a private one and we felt extremely lucky to have experienced it all.

  • 30-Jul-2017

    The tour guide, Peter, was excellent. He is a native of Oxford and very knowledgeable.

  • 30-Jul-2017

    The tour guide, Peter, was excellent. He is a native of Oxford and very knowledgeable.

  • 06-Jun-2017

    This was a super tour for us. This tour costs more than the other pub tours on offer but it was worth it. The tour is configured for no more than six people unlike other pub tours and we were lucky as for us it turned out to be a private tour. Also, we were pleasantly surprised, although the description does not indicate this, our guide picked up the drinks tab so I got to taste test three different ciders as my wife tried three different ales.

    Because it was graduation night, the pubs often attended by students were very busy -- so the guide chose a couple of 'town-locals'. When we encountered too much of a crowd at the third pub, our guide revised things and we went to the Oxford Union club -- since our guide is a masters student at Oxford. That got us into an entirely different environment and we quietly sipped our drinks the cider at the club is NOT as nice as the ciders at pubs though -- it isn't their forte, and chatted for quite a while about Oxford, our travels, his travels and things in general.

    A very genial evening indeed.

    At the end, our guide walked us back to our AirBNB apartment which was rather a nice touch.

  • 06-Jun-2017

    This was a super tour for us. This tour costs more than the other pub tours on offer but it was worth it. The tour is configured for no more than six people unlike other pub tours and we were lucky as for us it turned out to be a private tour. Also, we were pleasantly surprised, although the description does not indicate this, our guide picked up the drinks tab so I got to taste test three different ciders as my wife tried three different ales.

    Because it was graduation night, the pubs often attended by students were very busy -- so the guide chose a couple of 'town-locals'. When we encountered too much of a crowd at the third pub, our guide revised things and we went to the Oxford Union club -- since our guide is a masters student at Oxford. That got us into an entirely different environment and we quietly sipped our drinks the cider at the club is NOT as nice as the ciders at pubs though -- it isn't their forte, and chatted for quite a while about Oxford, our travels, his travels and things in general.

    A very genial evening indeed.

    At the end, our guide walked us back to our AirBNB apartment which was rather a nice touch.