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Oxford and Cambridge Universities day tour from London

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Keen to visit Oxford or Cambridge? Then explore both age-old university cities in in one day on this illuminating trip from London. With an expert guide, take a walking tour around the historical colleges of Oxford, famous as the ‘city of dreaming spires.’ Admire hushed courtyards and showpieces including the Bodleian Library, and hear about past scholars such as Bill Clinton. Continue to the university city of Cambridge on the Cam River and take a stroll around its finest college buildings, including the splendid King’s College and Bridge of Sighs.
  • Cambridge and Oxford day trip from London
  • Visit Britain's two most venerable university towns
  • Walking tour through Oxford, the 'City of Dreaming Spires'
  • Famous Bodleian Library and Harry Potter locations at Christchurch College
  • Walking tour of Cambridge and King's College
  • London hotel pick-up
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Walking tour of Oxford
Walking tour of Cambridge
Expert guide
Superior Coach incl. Wifi & USB charging on board
Entrance to Christ Church (if selected option)
Entrance to King's College (if selected option)
Personal Audio Headset
Food and drinks, unless specified
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

London SW1W 9NF, UK

Departure Time

9:00 AM

Return Details

Victoria St, London SW1E 5ND, UK
Depart central London by comfortable, air-conditioned coach and journey into the English countryside.

As you travel, put on your state-of-the-art Vox headphones so you can clearly hear the commentary from your informative guide. Learn about the history of Oxford and Cambridge, and keep your headset on for both city walking tours so you can hear your guide even if you wander aside for photos.

On arrival in Oxford, enjoy a guided look at the honey-stoned college buildings of this famous 'city of dreaming spires.' Absorb the sense of tradition as you stroll through the elegant streets; hear about alumni such as the former US president, Bill Clinton; and see the picture-perfect quadrangles of Christchurch College, where some scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed. Wander past the buildings of the famous Bodleian library, one of Europe’s oldest libraries, and contemplate the symmetry of some of the most handsome college courtyards.

Next, venture east through rolling countryside to the university city of Cambridge, prettily situated on the Cam River. On route, hear how Cambridge University was founded in 1209, and uncover the long-held scholarly rivalry between it and its Oxford counterpart.

When you arrive, enjoy a guided tour of the best of the university buildings, many of them rising up from the greenery along the Cam, whose waters are a favored punting spot of students and visitors.
Head for King's College, founded in 1441 by King Henry VI, and marvel at its magnificent chapel. This soaring building is considered one of the greatest examples of late Gothic English architecture, and is a treasured emblem of the city.

Admire the views over the Cam, and check out other architectural showpieces, including the Bridge of Sighs. This stunning, 19th-century covered bridge is named after Venice’s Bridge of Sighs, and links the Third Court and New Court of St John’s College. Stroll further around the quaint streets and passageways to see other handsome buildings, and listen to their stories and secrets as recounted by your guide.

Afterward, return to London and end your tour with a drop-off at the start point.
Stop At:  
University of Oxford
Our fantastic full-day trip to Cambridge and Oxford begins in Oxford, also known as The City of Dreaming Spires. Find out why as you enjoy a walking tour of the city with your expert tour guide, who will bring the history of this beautiful city to life. Along the way, you will see architecture from every period in English history, from early Saxon right the way through to Gothic Revival. This eclectic mix of buildings is unique to Oxford, as it is the only place in the country where you'll find structures from every period in English history. Oxford is, of course, also home to the University of Oxford, the oldest University in the English-speaking world with origins dating back to the 11th century. In Christ Church college, you will be visiting one of the University's most prestigious colleges. Founded by Henry VIII in 1532, Christ Church also functions as the UK's smallest cathedral. Its beautiful architecture has seen it featured in movies such as Harry Potter and The Golden Compass, while it has also inspired replicas around the world. The famous dining hall, for example, has been reproduced in Cornell University & the University of Chicago.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
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Christ Church
Christ Church is a constituent college of the University of Oxford in England. Christ Church is a joint foundation of the college and the cathedral of the Oxford diocese, which serves as the college chapel and whose dean is ex officio the college head.
Duration: 45 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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King's College Chapel
King's College is a constituent college of the University of Cambridge in Cambridge, England. Formally The King's College of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas in Cambridge, the college lies beside the River Cam and faces out onto King's Parade in the centre of the city.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Bodleian Library
The Bodleian Library is the main research library of the University of Oxford, and is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. With over 12 million items, it is the second-largest library in Britain after the British Library.
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University of Cambridge
Our next stop is the city of Cambridge, the location of the University of Oxford's ancient and historic rival, the University of Cambridge. Founded in 1209, it is the second oldest university in the English-speaking world. Learn about the history and origins of the university, which was founded, ironically, by a group of rebel Oxford Scholars. Situated next to the River Cam lies King's College, a stunningly beautiful example of medieval Gothic architecture. Founded by Henry VI in 1441, its fan vault ceiling is the largest in the world. Walk in the footsteps of famous alumni that include Alan Turing - the brilliant WW2 codebreaker - Oliver Cromwell and Charles Darwin. Construction on the college chapel began in 1446 and took almost 70 years to complete. Today, it is home to a world-famous choir that broadcasts to millions of listeners all over the globe every year on Christmas Eve. A city renowned for its unique, ornate buildings and culture, Cambridge is a historic city full of character. You'll see the best that Cambridge has to offer on a walking tour of the city with your expert guide.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
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The River Cam
The River Cam (/ˈkæm/) is the main river flowing through Cambridge in eastern England. After leaving Cambridge, it flows north and east into the Great Ouse to the south of Ely at Pope's Corner. The Great Ouse connects the Cam to the North Sea at King's Lynn: The total distance from Cambridge to the sea is about 40 mi (64 km) and is navigable for punts, small boats, and rowing craft.
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Bridge of Sighs
The Bridge of Sighs in Cambridge, England is a covered bridge at St John's College, Cambridge University. It was built in 1831 and crosses the River Cam between the college's Third Court and New Court. The architect was Henry Hutchinson.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Included in your tour are visits to 2 working universities, in the event that we are unable to visit either Kings College Chapel (Cambridge) or Christ Church College (Oxford) we will replace your visit to another college.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers
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  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Oxford and Cambridge Universities day tour from London?
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Oxford and Cambridge Universities day tour from London?
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Oxford and Cambridge Universities day tour from London?
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oxford and Cambridge Universities day tour from London?
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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What is the maximum group size during Oxford and Cambridge Universities day tour from London?
This activity will have a maximum of 53 travelers.

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  • "It does take 2 hours on the bus to get from London to Cambridge and then another 2 hours from Cambridge to Oxford and then 2 hours home again." See review


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Quick overview of celebrated university towns
, Sep 2019
Evans and Evans tour took us to both Cambridge and Oxford as a long day trip. It does take 2 hours on the bus to get from London to Cambridge and then another 2 hours from Cambridge to Oxford and then 2 hours home again. YOu can do the math and realise that time in each town only gives you a flavour of the amazing history of these places. All the main sites were covered and good tips about where to get souvenirs were given. If you have time I would pick one university town to do a more thorough visit, but as the highlights were so amazing eg Christchurch College Oxford, I thought the trip well worth it
Excellent tour!
Carola C
, Jul 2019
We took this tour with guide John, and driver, Ben - and it was outstanding. They kept to the scheduled times, were very knowledgeable, excellent storytelling/history lesson, clearly passionate about the areas - and got our large group in and out of the buildings, with a little time to shop and eat before we had to reboard the bus. It's a long day, but I highly recommend.
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Cambridge and Oxford on 18/05/19
, Jun 2019
Tour journey is very rush at Oxford and the tour guide is not knowledgeable by reading the information from his material.
Loved this tour! The tour guide was...
, Jan 2018
Loved this tour! The tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. Enjoyed the entire experience!
This day trip is great if you are...
Vinicius R
, Nov 2017
This day trip is great if you are interested in the educational legacy of Britain. We were very pleased with a very amusing, knowledgeable guide, who made the trip even more fun. Both cities are beautiful, with amazing buildings and things to see. A lot of history. Definitely worth the visit.
This was a fantastic tour. Our guide...
Tracey D
, Oct 2017
This was a fantastic tour. Our guide and bus driver were great. You visit Cambridge first and you are taken to the key sites and given plenty of information. You also have some time to wander around yourself a bit longer would have been better but not really possible if you are trying to visit both places in one day. You can view the rivers but no time for a boat trip. Oxford is the second place and it is just as amazing. We got to go in the great hall which isn't open every day so that was fantastic. Students were on holiday so crowds were low. Really loved this and would highly recommend this a day trip from London.
This is an excellent tour for an...
, Sep 2017
This is an excellent tour for an impactful day trip out of London - a bit of a drive but even the drive was wonderful! Our guide was very well informed and knowledgeable in all aspects of each city's history. We loved seeing so many sights that we've only seen on TV in alot of British shows we get on PBS!
Norma was a very good insightful tour...
, Sep 2017
Norma was a very good insightful tour guide. Glad I took this tour.
Friendly guide. A great way to cover...
Ian M
, Aug 2017
Friendly guide. A great way to cover both university towns in one day.
Our Tour last Sat 29/07 was...
, Jul 2017
Our Tour last Sat 29/07 was excellent. Our Driver, Tom and Guide Leslie did everything to help. Only recommendation I would make - An earlier start as would give longer in each city. In saying so, I must add we were delayed getting out of London because of Cycle Race and closed roads. We had about 2 hours in each city which didn't allow any time to explore after our guided tour of selected highlights. Suffice to say, I look forward to a return visit. Thank You.

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