Private Oxford City And University Walking Tour

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    12:30 , Please arrive 5 minutes early. , Alternate start times available between 10am to 4pm upon request at the time of booking. , IMPORTANT: For any tours that start before midday, you MUST either .. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Central Oxford, Oxford Visitor Information Centre
  • Return Details :
    Oxford city centre is compact, so tours may end at the original departure point (if so desired) or wherever the guide agrees with you.
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable

Overview

Oxford and England's history will be brought alive on this private guided walking tour of the city and university traditions. See inside colleges with any chargeable entrance fees included in your tour. Which colleges we visit will depend on what is open on the day & time of your tour but please note we do not include a visit inside Christchurch on this particular tour (due to queues and cost to enter). 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 request any special interests for the tour eg sciences or arts or writers in Oxford etc. We generally always include entrance into at least one Harry Potter film site on this tour too (where and when possible). Default start time is 12.30 but you can request other start times, when you book. 10am starts require you to book by 21.00 the night before. NB only a few colleges open before 1pm too.

Know More about this tour

This private 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'!

Tours are in English but you may request a tour in a foreign language & if we can provide such a guide or guide + interpreter, we can deliver tour in your foreign language. However, please give us lots of advance notice for foreign language requests- at least 24 hours or more!

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.

Guides are often Oxford students or graduates or tutors and entertainers.

Inclusions

  • Guided tour in English is guaranteed. If you have requested a tour in another language, please give us lots of advance notice- ideally at least 24 hours or more. If we cannot find someone in time, we will offer you opportunity either to cancel for full refund or to take the tour in English & we will refund you any cost difference.
  • Please see section called, 'Additional Information', for dates of university graduations. Please be aware that while we still run tours on graduation dates, most or even all colleges may be closed for some or all of the day. We can still deliver a great tour of the city on such dates but we cannot guarantee entry into colleges on graduation dates.
  • Any chargeable college entrance fees for colleges which we take you inside. Note that we do NOT include entrance into Christchurch on this tour. Christchurch costs 8-10 per person. If you wish to visit Christchurch, please instead book onto our other tour called, 'Christchurch: Harry meets Alice tour'.

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Please see section called, 'Additional Information', for dates of university graduations. Please be aware that while we still run tours on graduation dates, most or even all colleges may be closed for some or all of the day. We can still deliver a great tour of the city on such dates but we cannot guarantee entry into colleges on graduation dates.
  • Entrance into Christchurch college is not included on this tour, unless for special circumstances, such as other colleges are closed. The reason we and all other tour operators generally avoid Christchurch is it the longqueues and large crowds plus major expense. Christchurch costs 8-10 per person. If you wish to visit Christchurch, please instead book onto our other tour called, 'Christchurch: Harry meets Alice tour'.

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Average duration 90-120 minutes and tour to cater to your special interests (let us know on the day or in advance).

Tours are in English but where possible and with at least 24 hours notice, we may be able to provide a tour in a foreign language.

Where and when possible, we will take you inside the Divinity School at the Bodleian library (a Harry Potter film site)

12:30 is the default start time. However, alternate start times are available between 10am to 4pm upon request at the time of booking.

MORNING TOUR REQUESTS:

Any requests to start tours before 12.30 start time, please note only a few colleges open before 1pm, so while we can still deliver a great tour at any time of the day, it's recommended to start tour in afternoon, to have more options to go inside colleges.

Please note that as the university colleges are private institutions, we can't always guarantee entry to colleges but it is very rare that we cannot get entry into at least 1 or 2 colleges on the tour. Please take note of any advertised university graduation dates mentioned below, as those dates can have less options of colleges to visit.


GRADUATION DATES:

Saturday 14 July 2018

Tuesday 17 July 2018

Friday 20 July 2018

Saturday 21 July 2018

Friday 27 July 2018

Saturday 28 July 2018

Saturday 15 September 2018

Friday 28 September 2018

Saturday 29 September 2018

Friday 2 November 2018

Saturday 3 November 2018

Saturday 10 November 2018

Saturday 2 March 2019

Saturday 9 March 2019

Saturday 4 May 2019

Saturday 11 May 2019