Private Oxford City And University Walking Tour Including College VisitsWrite a Review
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. 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!
Know More about this tourThis 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'!
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 for Private Oxford City And University Walking Tour Including College Visits
- Guided tour in English
- Any chargeable college entrance fees
- I Love Oxford map, showing you where you can use the card and city orientation to the sights
Exclusions for Private Oxford City And University Walking Tour Including College Visits
- Gratuities (optional)
- Entrance into Christchurch college is not included on this tour, unless for special circumstances, other colleges are closed. The reason we and all other tour operators generally avoid Christchurch is it has a problem with queues and sheer numbers.
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), which is a beautiful venue.
12:30 is the default start time. However, alternate start times available between 10am to 4pm upon request at the time of booking.
IMPORTANT: any tours to start before 12.00. You MUST either book before 10pm the night before tour or, if you book on the same morning of the tour, call to make sure supplier can meet you before 12!