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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
Great tour of Oxford
Jane_W
, Aug 2022
Really interesting visit around Oxford. The guide was lovely and added many anecdotes which brought the city to life. It was a shame that we couldnt go into one of the colleges as planned however we understand that this was out of the control of the guide. Totally recommend this tour.
star-5
Oxford History
Julia_M
, Aug 2022
Lucy was a gave us a wonderful connection to the history of Oxford, I have no doubts that I would not have gained the information if I had walked around Oxford on my own.
star-5
Wonderful tour of Oxford
Jonathan_S
, Jul 2022
Rob gave us a wonderful tour - great stories, extremely knowledgeable about the history of the colleges, great humor, and wonderful with my 14 year old and 9 year old ... He was great and we were lucky to have him as a tour guide.
star-5
Very knowledgeable guide
DAVID_G
, Jul 2022
Christchurch college was probably the highlight but our guide provided a comprehensive overview of oxford as a historic university city
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Nice walking tour to end our UK 2022 holiday
James_P
, Jul 2022
Explanation of the University founding and British education system and tuition + living fees by our most knowledgeable guide Hannah, which was appreciated by my American relatives on the tour.
star-1
Don’t bother
Kristina_B
, Jul 2022
All of the universities were closed and we were not even make aware of this prior - making the tour pointless. Additionally, the tour guide was not engaging
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
We're so sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your tour. We try our best to include a visit inside a college on your tour whenever possible – but certain circumstances mean sometimes this isn’t always possible. Please get in touch on officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org if we can help in any other way.
star-4
Well-informed guide with great stories
FionaJane_B
, Jul 2022
Lucy was an excellent guide, very knowledgable, entertaining and loved all the little quirky stories she told us. Very enjoyable. Only problem was perhaps standing too long in places due to the heat
star-5
Great walking tour!
Daniel_M
, Jul 2022
Very engaging and knowledgeable and pleasant tour guide! I am nearly blind, but thanks to her vivid and detailed descriptions of the sites I thoroughly enjoyed the tour! :-)
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.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Thank you so much! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed your tour!
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!

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