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Oxford Official University & City Tour

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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

Follow in the footsteps of famous former residents like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis—and discover many of Oxford’s top landmarks in just a couple hours—on this introductory walking tour. Meet your group in central Oxford, and set off on foot. You’ll see key attractions like the Bodleian Library and Sheldonian Theatre, will explore the university area, and will even visit one of its elegant colleges. As you go, your guide will share insider stories about Oxford’s history.
  • See the best of Oxford in the space of just a couple hours
  • Explore one of Oxford University’s historical colleges
  • Learn all about the city’s history and former residents from your guide
  • A walking tour lets you soak up the city’s evocative ambiance
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Guided walking tour
23 Broad St , 23 Broad St, Oxford OX1, UK

Outside the entrance of the Cool Britannia Gift Shop on the corner of Broad St and Turl St

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Please contact the Walking Tours office on 01865 686 441 if you have any mobility issues and we will do our best to adapt the tour, as some of the ancient buildings are not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Oxford Official Walking Tours
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.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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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star-5
Very good
Virginia_M
, Jul 2022
It was a good overall view and history of the city and University. Historical detail mixed with more modern information. Tour guide was great.
star-5
An amazing tour!! Just...
Dia_C
, Jul 2022
An amazing tour!! Just the right amount of time spent discovering the city. Would definitely recommend to someone spending under a day there.
star-5
Great tour
Matthew_M
, Jun 2022
Lucie was very knowledgable and gave a fantastic tour. Very good walking tour of oxford university and surrounding area.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Lovely to hear, thank you!
star-5
Interesting walk
Freddie_K
, Jun 2022
Really enjoyed the stories and visiting places off the main streets that we would never have seen otherwise.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We're really glad to hear this, thanks so much for the feedback!
star-5
Wonderful and informative
Ashraf_J
, Jun 2022
For my taste, this tour was wonderful. Sally, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable, and shared a wealth of info and history, often infused with some dry British humor :). She focused on facts and history rather than trying to be funny, like some tour guides often feel compelled to be. It starts at 23 Broad Street and stays within a quarter mile radius. We went into one of the colleges (Balliol, oldest), its dining hall. Was lucky to watch Encaenia, the once a year event The walk (about a mile in aggregate, flat) is comfortable, and should be manageable for persons without mobility restrictions. Don't think it could be wheelchair accessible, unless a different arrangement is made. Our group was of 12, a very manageable size. Take common sense preparations - comfortable walking shoes, water, shade.etc.). Overall, a very pleasant experience.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
It is so wonderful to hear you had a nice time on your tour! Thank you so much for the positive review, we will pass it on to the guide.
star-5
Wonderful tour of Oxford!
Lee_T
, Jun 2022
Sallie, our guide, was fabulous, informative, and exceeded our expectations! Will certainly recommend this tour to our friends and family!
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you so much for your positive review, we're glad to hear you enjoyed your tour!
star-4
Interesting
Simona_S
, Jun 2022
knowledgeable and made sure we were out of the sunshine so with temperatures over 30, very much appreciated
star-5
Enlightening
Frances_M
, Jun 2022
Insight into Oxford university and student life there from somebody that was very knowledgeable.It was very good we had access to the building and were able to look around.
star-5
Good knowledge and...
Rebecca_S
, Jun 2022
Good knowledge and interesting facts, a very nice way to learn about Oxford and some of its history that I hadn’t known
star-5
Amazing
Maria_S
, Jun 2022
The guide was very Knowledgeable. Really friendly and considered of the people experiences. Very open to questions and answered with a lot of information
star-4
excellent guide but a little difficult to hear at times
Jane_W
, Jun 2022
So glad we decided to take this walking tour as it gave us good perspective on the history of Oxford and the University.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it - but sorry to hear that you couldn't always hear though, and will pass that on to the Guides.
star-5
Comprehensive tour of Oxford center, not just the colleges
Frederic_B
, Jun 2022
The lady who guided the group made an interesting tour of the city, highlighting the main place of interest and giving hits for further visits. In 2 hours, we got a very good overview of what has to be visited in Oxford.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Lovely to hear, thank you so much!
star-5
Very good tour
Barbora_S
, May 2022
Very good tour. Our guide Hannah was very knowledgeable and explained everything. Highly recommended.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Lovely, thank you for writing!
star-5
Fantastic and very interesting!
JorgeCruz
, May 2022
This was a great experience! Our tour guide, Sally, was very kind and provided us with interesting facts and stories about Oxford. I'd totally recommend doing this tour, you'll learn a lot about the colleges, their alumni, and the town's history overall :)
star-4
Great guided walk
Linda_V
, May 2022
A very interesting tour. The guide, Lucy was very knowledgable & engaging. It was good to be able to see the quad of a couple of colleges. Nice also that the walk was 2 hours & did not over run. A small group of 9 was ideal. We thoroughly enjoyed it & would recommend to people visiting Oxford for the first time.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Lovely review thank you, Lucy will be so pleased!
star-5
Lucy was fantastic….fun,...
Ross_B
, May 2022
Lucy was fantastic….fun, knowledgeable….would highly recommend. 2 hours was perfect for a day trip…gave us time to explore on our own…thanks!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Ross, thanks so much for writing, Lucy will be so pleased to hear this!
star-5
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED OXFORD WALKING TOUR
GRANT_E
, May 2022
Wonderful experience, guide was excellent, so much information and knowledge given that this tour and the guide made Oxford even more fascinating and memorable.
icon Response from Host , May 2022
This is great to hear, thank you so much!
star-5
Great overview of Oxford and the university
Kimberli_C
, May 2022
Our guide, Hannah was a wealth of information about both the town and university. Unfortunately, we were delayed getting to the meeting spot but she was very accommodating in meeting us along the tour route. There was so much to see but we got to all the highlights. If you only have a few hours, this was a worthwhile way to spend them.
star-5
Well presented tour by very knowledgeable and witty guide, Rob
Dolores_P
, Apr 2022
Our guide, Rob, was fantastic. He provided a detailed history of the city and informative info and tour of colleges. Would highly recommend
icon Response from Host , May 2022
Hi Delores, Rob will be so pleased, thank you for writing and recommending!
star-5
Great quality tour
Victoria_M
, Apr 2022
Very informative and interesting tour, I learned lots of quirky bits of information and history. Excellent value.

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