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University of Oxford

University of Oxford

University Offices 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, England

The Basics

To get a handle on Oxford’s colorful history, it’s well worth discovering Oxford University with a guide, whether on an Oxford walking tour, an Oxford cycling tour, or aHarry Potter tour. Most find the city merits a full day, but time-pressed travelers may prefer to bundle Oxford into a combo tour. Some popular Oxford University tour packages include Oxford, the Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon; Oxford, Windsor Castle, and Stonehenge; and, of course, Oxford and Cambridge.

Rather than having a single unified campus, the University of Oxford is made up of a wealth of different colleges and buildings scattered around the city. While many individual entities, such as Christ Church College and the Bodleian Library, charge for admission, there’s no charge for exploring the city or to look at the architecture. Many travelers choose to experience the university simply by wandering around downtown Oxford.

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Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
$28.05 per adult
Traveler Favorite
The guide was most...
The guide was most informative and we certainly learnt a lot about the history of the different colleges and some surprising facts. Highlight was a visit to Magdalen where my daughter (on the tour with me) wishes to study. The guide was very happy to answer her questions. Thank you.
Philip_S, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Oxford

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The best guided tour and worth every penny
Neil_B, Aug 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Lewis (the guide) was brilliant, so informative and entertaining. Totally worth it. The venues weren’t fully available because of COVID19 restrictions but it didn’t matter so much, Lewis’s stories and knowledge more than made up for it. Not a single thing to complain about.
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Very good insight to Oxford history and college life
Jim_A, Oct 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Patrick was an excellent guide for our walk through Oxford. He definitely kept things interesting and fun.
star-5
A great tour
Kevin_P, Oct 2021
'Inspector Morse,' 'Lewis,' and 'Endeavour' Walking Tour of Oxford
A fun, informative and brilliantly run tour. As well as lots of Morse facts there was also lots about the city of Oxford and the university colleges. Our tour was lead by Heidi who was excellent - highly recommended!
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Oxford detectives tour
John_s, Oct 2021
'Inspector Morse,' 'Lewis,' and 'Endeavour' Walking Tour of Oxford
Our guide, Heidi, was extremely knowledgeable about all our detectives and obviously knew the programmes backwards! All sorts of information about where scenes were shot and what happened where with amusing anecdotes. Will re-watch the programmes ourselves with a different eye!
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Walk this Way
David_G, Oct 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Daniel was a great personable and informative guide. He brought history to life and kept the group involved.
star-5
Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath is a tour worth taking.
maryellenlaird, Sep 2021
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
This was a fantastic tour. Our guide, Rowan and our driver, Moe, were exemplary. We learned and saw so much on this tour. It was well worth the cost. We’re also grateful they dropped us off near our underground station since we had done a fair amount of walking in this tour. We highly recommend going to Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath. We did the Bath Tour but in hindsight aren't sure it was worth the extra 19 pounds.
star-5
A couple of hours well spent.
Sue, Aug 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Super couple of hours, really enjoyed learning more about how the University of Oxford works and what it's like to be a student there. Good to go inside the grounds of one of the Colleges and see how the buildings are used. Would recommend this tour for anyone who wants an overview of student life at Oxford and also a brief understanding of some of the history of the landmark buildings.
star-5
Great tour, loved it.
Edoardo_C, Oct 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Informative, funny anecdotes, took us inside a couple of landmarks like New College and the library - included in the ticket price. Brava Clarice Great tour, loved it.
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great day
Ella_H, Sep 2021
'Inspector Morse,' 'Lewis,' and 'Endeavour' Walking Tour of Oxford
knowledgeable guide brought to life all the places and stories about the series and characters. highly recommend for all Morse and Endeavour fans
star-5
A must when you visit Oxford
Deborah_H, Aug 2021
Oxford Bike Tour with Student Guide
The tour was absolutely fantastic! Not only was it a lovely way to see Oxford, but we learnt so much about the university history, how things are today and life as a student. Our guide was charming and I think adapted his tales to suit the audience he had which made our experience just right for us. Oxford is flat, so riding is easy.
star-5
Great tour
Victoria_P, Jul 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Our tour guide was great. She was very engaging, knew a lot of information and made the trip to Oxford a great experience.
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Morse Trip
Graham_C, Sep 2021
'Inspector Morse,' 'Lewis,' and 'Endeavour' Walking Tour of Oxford
Excellent narratives from a brilliant guide (Elizabeth) and well worth the fee. We shall encourage friends to book.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The University of Oxford is a must for history buffs, architecture lovers, and photographers.

  • Students are usually in the city for just three 8-week terms, or less than half the year.

  • Wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll be on your feet a lot.

  • Avoid peering through windows, wandering into stairwells, etc. The colleges are institutions where students and their teachers live and work.

  • Oxford is a flat city, and the University of Oxford has reasonably good disabled access, but check provisions at each individual college or institution when planning your visit.

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How to Get There

The University of Oxford is scattered around Oxford, with its epicenter at the heart of the city. Drivers will likely need to leave their vehicle in a park-and-ride outside the city, so it’s generally easiest to arrive by bus or train. Most London trains start from Paddington, while the popular Oxford Tube coach service stops at Shepherd’s Bush, Notting Hill Gate, Marble Arch, and Victoria.

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Trip ideas

Exploring the Oxford University Colleges

Exploring the Oxford University Colleges


When to Get There

Access to colleges, libraries, theaters, and the like is typically easiest outside of the University of Oxford’s three terms, which run from early October to early December, mid-January to early March, and late April to mid-June. While it’s nice to see the gardens and meadows in bloom, try to avoid visiting Oxford during the European tourist peak of late June, July, and August. September can be a good time to visit.

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What to See at Oxford University

The University of Oxford is home to some stunning works of architecture. Christ Church College, a setting for manyHarry Potter scenes, is ever-popular; the Bodleian Library, which opened in 1602, is a landmark; the Bridge of Sighs, a century-old skyway, is an Instagram essential; and the Sheldonian Theatre, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, is a signature.

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