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Oxford City and University Walking SMALL GROUP Tour

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If you’re interested in Oxford’s rich history, look no further than this walking tour for a comprehensive overview of the historic city. In a small group limited to 15, visit Bodleian Library—home to 'Harry Potter' filming locations—and one other college, and learn about Oxford University alumni such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Plus, receive an ILoveOxford map showing all of the main sites.
  • Guided walking tour of Oxford city center and Oxford University colleges
  • An education tour ideal for history buffs
  • Recognize locations used to film the 'Harry Potter' films
  • Visit Bodleian Library and one other college (depending on the day)
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people
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Your guide will give you a complementary ILoveOxford map, showing you of all the main sights.
Currently in spring 2022, we can usually always enter at least one college during the tour.
The tour typically visits inside either Balliol or Exeter or St Johns college
This specific tour never visits inside Christ church, Magdalen or New colleges ( which cost £8-£16)
XMAS notice: colleges are usually all closed from approx Dec 25 to Jan 2nd
On graduation dates, we may not always be able to enter a college so see graduation dates below:
May 7, 14, 21. June 4. July 16, 26, 29, 30. Aug 5 + 6. Sep 10, 23, 24. Nov 4, 5, 12.
2023 Graduation dates: Feb 23, March 4, May 6, 13, 20.
15-16 Broad St , 15-16 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK

Meet your guide wearing red lanyard OUTSIDE the currently empty shop at 15 Broad Street, OX1 3AS. This is located next to the Oxfam shop at 17 Broad street.

12:45 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
  • We cannot always guarantee entry inside any colleges during Covid19 and on graduation dates or Xmas period from approx. Dec 22nd to Jan 2nd
  • Please take note of any advertised university graduation dates mentioned below, as those dates can have less options of colleges to visit.
  • Graduation dates- please see 'EXCLUSIONS' section.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Visit Oxford Tours Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Traveler Tips

  • "We had a wonderful guide, Adina, whose knowledge of Oxford and its history make the relatively short tour very worthwhile." See review
  • "Some of the colleges were closed re graduation but the tour was still worth it." See review


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Informative and entertaining tour.
, Feb 2022
In addition to learning more about the history of Oxford and its environs, we especially liked the description of Oxford’s influences on writers, poets, and artists, such as Tolkien, Carroll, and Rowling. Peter was very personable and provided us with little chocolate treats. Lots of connections to films, which we personally found very interesting. Because we had expressed on interest in the Harry Potter films, he also brought a hat and wand. He also took lots of photos of the two of us before some of the sites.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hi Margaret, Thanks for the recommendation.
A joy... money well spent
, Sep 2021
An excellent guide, Peter who was very engaging and enthusiastic. He imparted an mass of information entertainingly and tailoring it to our interests. He could obviously pitch the tour just as easily to children as well. We enjoyed his company. It was a joy being introduced to Oxford which we know well through new eyes, seeing it from new breathtaking angles and learning something of its evolution and history. It was altogether a wonderful birthday treat and money very well spent....something we will recommend very highly and perhaps hope to repeat when more of the colleges are open! Peter was also very helpful making sure we found our right bus to get home...
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Sarah, Thanks for leaving such a super review and yes, Peter does go the extra mile, as you mentioned.
Walking tour of Oxford University & Oxford city
, Sep 2021
The guide was very knowledgeable, the pace of delivery was good. Would definitely recommend. Tour was interesting, lots of interesting stories.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi David, Thanks for recommending your university tour with me, Sincerely Alasdair
Great tour
, Aug 2021
Brilliant tour, would highly recommend. Peter is extremely knowledgeable. Knows his subject. Well worth booking on this tour
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Alan, Thanks for the recommendation.
Excellent tour
, Jul 2021
Excellent tour about both the city and the university, including a look into one of the colleges. Highly recommended
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for the recommendation.
, Jun 2021
Had a great walk very enjoyable and informative .Alisdair had lots of tales to tell. Would recommend
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for the recommendation.
, May 2021
Alasdair was our guide. He was on time and he was pretty nice and made it something fun! Recommended :)
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hi Rebecca. Thanks for recommending your tour.
Excellent tour
, May 2021
The tour showed the main historical buildings and history points of Oxford. We felt the tour guide, Laura, was really friendly and explained everything with detail. We highly recommend the tour if you want to find out more about the history of Oxford. Thank you Laura for showing us this historical city!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you!
Well worth it
, Oct 2020
Attended the oxford university tour yesterday. Our guide was Alasdair. He was knowledgable and a good guide. Nice and informal group of 6. Able to socially distance without any issues. Well worth it even though university colleges closed at the moment. Tanya and Alister
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Hi Tanya, Thanks for sharing your review. Sorry that somehow I didn't see it sooner to reply! We are hoping that lockdowns might end in March so we can start up tours again.
Highlighting Oxford
, Oct 2020
In appalling weather my wife and I had a personal guided tour as we were the only ones booked on the trip. A fascinating and informative walk and talk through the history of Oxford. Its origins, colleges bye ways and college laws, the characters past and present. Brigit kept a fast pace to get all the sites and places in the two hours but she was informative and enthusiastic about her subject. and ready to answer questions. Could not have have wished for a more interesting tour or informative guide. She obviously loves Oxford. The highlight, standing on the martyrs cross.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Hi Helen, Thanks for recommending your tour experience with Birgit on Sunday...and indeed for braving the weather! That was actually only Birgit's second time to guide a tour, so this is most appreciated and encouraging feedback to share. Sincerely, Alasdair

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