Guided tour

Oxford University Walking Tour

4.7 / 5

77 reviews

Oxford University Walking Tour

From US$ 33.34 per person

Explore the events and stories that shaped Oxford as you walk past colleges and famous sights. See inside The Divinity School — a Harry Potter film site — at the Bodleian Library (when open). Hear about Oxford life as many guides are students or alumni.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
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Duration 105 minutes
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Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Private group available

Experience

Highlights
  • Enjoy a 1.5 to 2-hour walking tour around the city of Oxford
  • Follow the informative, eccentric, and humorous tour guide
  • See inside some of Oxford's most beautiful colleges
  • Led by Oxford-educated guides or by Oxford actors
Full description
The tour introduces at least 9 colleges and describes college life, student traditions, famous literary, scientific, and political figures, and English history in Oxford. Follow the informative guide around the city as you visit the famous sights and learn about the history of Oxford – the guides speak various languages and most are Oxford students and graduates, English tutors, or actors and actresses. Get the most out of your trip to Oxford on this tour – the general tour can be scheduled to suit whatever requests and interests you have. This tour is ideal for small groups, language schools, or business organizations.  On this tour, you will go inside one of the Harry Potter film sites, the Divinity School at the Bodleian Library. Please note that currently in 2021, due to COVID-19 closures, the colleges are not open to the public, but you will still be introduced to many of the colleges and other famous sights on the route. Colleges are expected to reopen to the public from July 1, 2021. Divinity school can close without any advance notice given, entry is not guaranteed.
Includes
  • Entry to Divinity School (Harry Potter film site)
  • Map of Oxford College and sights
  • Entrance to any colleges the local partner doesn't have existing access rights to
  • Entrance to Christchurch
  • On any dates when the Divinity School is closed (please read the full description carefully), the tour will not visit that location. The Divinity School also sometimes closes with no prior notice.
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds

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Participants

Date

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Meeting point

• Meet your guide outside the currently empty shop. at 15 Broad Street • This is next to the Oxfam shop at 17 Broad Street • The guide will be wearing a red <iloveoxford> lanyard

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Important information

Know before you go

  • Walking tours last for 90-120 minutes. Entry to one or more colleges is included but cannot be guaranteed on any university graduation days- please see dates below
  • Group bookings will be private tours unless another group happens to book and request the guide on the same date and time
  • To book a tour in a foreign language, select the £50 surcharge option button called, 'tour conducted in foreign language option'. The tour operator may not always be able to find a guide for that language
  • The tour runs rain or shine, so please dress appropriately
  • Although the tour operator plans and reserve college entrance in advance, they cannot guarantee entrance to any specific colleges
  • Entrance to The Divinity School film site (at the Bodleian Library) is not guaranteed
  • Divinity School is generally closed December 24-26 and January 1 every year
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 77 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Value for money
    4.5/5
  • Service
    4.6/5
  • Organization
    4.6/5

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Good 2 hours with Alastair through the streets of Oxford. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the history of the city and of a lot of Colleges out there. I do not give 5 stars only because, we are not natural english speakers and Alastair flow was so fast and always jumping from one topic to the next that it was sometimes tough to follow him, in particular for our 2 teenagers, who surrendered after a while.

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July 28, 2021

My family and I have been to Oxford a couple of times before, wondering where to go and what to see. This time we booked a guided tour and our experience was amazing. We booked a Harry Potter tour and our guide, Peter, made our day as a fairytale. The tour was informative, interesting and very entertaining. Peter has graduated Oxford university and told us a lot about about how to apply, the colleges and the student life. Apart from showing us the places where Harry Potter was filmed, and telling us a lot of interesting and unknown facts, he also showed us around Oxford and took us to places with historic charm and character, which you will never discover on your own. Peter stayed far longer with us than initially planned and we felt special. We highly recommend the guided tours of this company!

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July 26, 2021

A superb walking tour around some beautiful locations in Oxford. Peter was awesome, hugely knowledgeable, very entertaining and generally lovely! He went out of his way to speak with all the tour guests and went way over and above in terms of making everyone welcome, giving recommendations (and cake) for eateries and shops - even passed on discounts for Blackstones and the wonderful No#1 Ship Street restaurant we were booked in for that evening. An excellent way to spend a couple of hours whilst finding out all manner of fascinating facts about Oxford and related culture. Highly recommended!!!

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June 6, 2021

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