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.Description
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.Highlights
: Oxford, United KingdomDuration
: 2 hours Voucher Redembtion
: You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.