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Oxford City and University Walking SMALL GROUP Tour

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If you’re interested in Oxford’s rich history, look no further than this walking tour for a comprehensive overview of the historic city. In a small group limited to 15, visit Bodleian Library—home to 'Harry Potter' filming locations—and one other college, and learn about Oxford University alumni such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Plus, receive an ILoveOxford map showing all of the main sites.
  • Guided walking tour of Oxford city center and Oxford University colleges
  • An education tour ideal for history buffs
  • Recognize locations used to film the 'Harry Potter' films
  • Visit Bodleian Library and one other college (depending on the day)
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people
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Your guide will give you a complementary ILoveOxford map, showing you of all the main sights.
Currently in spring 2022, we can usually always enter at least one college during the tour.
The tour typically visits inside either Balliol or Exeter or St Johns college
This specific tour never visits inside Christ church, Magdalen or New colleges ( which cost £8-£16)
XMAS notice: colleges are usually all closed from approx Dec 25 to Jan 2nd
On graduation dates, we may not always be able to enter a college so see graduation dates below:
May 7, 14, 21. June 4. July 16, 26, 29, 30. Aug 5 + 6. Sep 10, 23, 24. Nov 4, 5, 12.
2023 Graduation dates: Feb 23, March 4, May 6, 13, 20.
15-16 Broad St , 15-16 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK

Meet your guide wearing red lanyard OUTSIDE the currently empty shop at 15 Broad Street, OX1 3AS. This is located next to the Oxfam shop at 17 Broad street.

12:45 PM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • We cannot always guarantee entry inside any colleges during Covid19 and on graduation dates or Xmas period from approx. Dec 22nd to Jan 2nd
  • Please take note of any advertised university graduation dates mentioned below, as those dates can have less options of colleges to visit.
  • Graduation dates- please see 'EXCLUSIONS' section.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Visit Oxford Tours Ltd
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.

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  • "We had a wonderful guide, Adina, whose knowledge of Oxford and its history make the relatively short tour very worthwhile." See review
  • "Some of the colleges were closed re graduation but the tour was still worth it." See review

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Not to be missed
, Jul 2022
De tour was excellent en Johannes Made it more special. Thanks City is really interesting and we discovered really interesting places.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Hi Bruno, Thanks for recommending your university tour with Johannes. Sincerely, Alasdair
Oxford brought to life
, Jun 2022
Peter was an excellent guide and very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Oxford, which came through right from the start. He gave us plenty information in an entertaining way accompanied by lots of anecdotes and amusing asides about all aspects of the city now and in the past. We very much enjoyed being introduced to Oxford and learning of its history, the university, its beautiful buildings and the writers who have been inspired by it. We would recommend this tour very highly and perhaps hope to do another one with Peter when the opportunity presents itself.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Hi Denise, Thanks for recommending your tour with Peter. Sincerely, Alasdair
Informative and entertaining tour.
, Feb 2022
In addition to learning more about the history of Oxford and its environs, we especially liked the description of Oxford’s influences on writers, poets, and artists, such as Tolkien, Carroll, and Rowling. Peter was very personable and provided us with little chocolate treats. Lots of connections to films, which we personally found very interesting. Because we had expressed on interest in the Harry Potter films, he also brought a hat and wand. He also took lots of photos of the two of us before some of the sites.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Hi Margaret, Thanks for the recommendation.
A joy... money well spent
, Sep 2021
An excellent guide, Peter who was very engaging and enthusiastic. He imparted an mass of information entertainingly and tailoring it to our interests. He could obviously pitch the tour just as easily to children as well. We enjoyed his company. It was a joy being introduced to Oxford which we know well through new eyes, seeing it from new breathtaking angles and learning something of its evolution and history. It was altogether a wonderful birthday treat and money very well spent....something we will recommend very highly and perhaps hope to repeat when more of the colleges are open! Peter was also very helpful making sure we found our right bus to get home...
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Sarah, Thanks for leaving such a super review and yes, Peter does go the extra mile, as you mentioned.
Walking tour of Oxford University & Oxford city
, Sep 2021
The guide was very knowledgeable, the pace of delivery was good. Would definitely recommend. Tour was interesting, lots of interesting stories.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi David, Thanks for recommending your university tour with me, Sincerely Alasdair
Great tour
, Aug 2021
Brilliant tour, would highly recommend. Peter is extremely knowledgeable. Knows his subject. Well worth booking on this tour
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Alan, Thanks for the recommendation.
Excellent tour
, Jul 2021
Excellent tour about both the city and the university, including a look into one of the colleges. Highly recommended
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for the recommendation.
, Jun 2021
Had a great walk very enjoyable and informative .Alisdair had lots of tales to tell. Would recommend
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thanks for the recommendation.
, May 2021
Alasdair was our guide. He was on time and he was pretty nice and made it something fun! Recommended :)
icon Response from Host , May 2021
Hi Rebecca. Thanks for recommending your tour.
Excellent tour
, May 2021
The tour showed the main historical buildings and history points of Oxford. We felt the tour guide, Laura, was really friendly and explained everything with detail. We highly recommend the tour if you want to find out more about the history of Oxford. Thank you Laura for showing us this historical city!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Thank you!
Well worth it
, Oct 2020
Attended the oxford university tour yesterday. Our guide was Alasdair. He was knowledgable and a good guide. Nice and informal group of 6. Able to socially distance without any issues. Well worth it even though university colleges closed at the moment. Tanya and Alister
icon Response from Host , Feb 2021
Hi Tanya, Thanks for sharing your review. Sorry that somehow I didn't see it sooner to reply! We are hoping that lockdowns might end in March so we can start up tours again.
Highlighting Oxford
, Oct 2020
In appalling weather my wife and I had a personal guided tour as we were the only ones booked on the trip. A fascinating and informative walk and talk through the history of Oxford. Its origins, colleges bye ways and college laws, the characters past and present. Brigit kept a fast pace to get all the sites and places in the two hours but she was informative and enthusiastic about her subject. and ready to answer questions. Could not have have wished for a more interesting tour or informative guide. She obviously loves Oxford. The highlight, standing on the martyrs cross.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2020
Hi Helen, Thanks for recommending your tour experience with Birgit on Sunday...and indeed for braving the weather! That was actually only Birgit's second time to guide a tour, so this is most appreciated and encouraging feedback to share. Sincerely, Alasdair
Peter The Oxford Tour Master
, Sep 2020
It was amazing day out with Peter. He took us around while sharing his in depth knowledge and introducing with every brick of Oxford history in a funny way. His extended help in moving around is also appreciated. He is a Tour Master .... All Stars....
Great tour with fun insights and stories
, Aug 2020
We did a tour with Peter and it was AMAZING!! He was extraordinarily knowledgeable (I’m sure he could easily have talked for several more hours without ever repeating himself). He also had so many fun and interesting facts and stories to tell about the various landmarks and objects he pointed out to us. In summary: a brilliant tour, would recommend to everybody! Went with my two teenagers who loved it as much as I did.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Hi Maike, Thanks for leaving such a super review here for your Oxford tour with us, as led by Peter, who is himself half Ravenclaw and half Oxford university alumni! Sincerely,
University outside building tour
, Aug 2020
Hamish very informative however was expecting as sold on internet to have access to at least one college long time at end just killing time for no reason as access was not available therefore felt not value for money
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Hi Elaine, Thanks for choosing our tour and I am sorry that you found it disappointing. That said, I did immediately email you after your tour and I mentioned that although colleges have been closed since March, we can and will offer you the opportunity to enter a college or to join a whole new tour with us, whenever the colleges may re open. In addition, I want to point out for the benefit of anyone reading this review and my reply that you booked our city & university tour on viator- where it does clearly state the following about closures which have been ongoing since March: A) What makes this tour unique (main description) section: COVID19 NOTICE: B) Then in the section which states Inclusions & Exclusions, we did reiterate the fact that colleges have been closed. This text has since however been changed to reflect the fact that as of Sep 1st, the Divinity school has re opened and thus all our tours are going inside the Divinity school (but still no colleges accessible). C) Near bottom of the website page, there is also a section called Information Travellers Need From You, which states again for third time that: If you have any other constructive criticism of the quality of the tour or of your guide, I apologise for that but your complaint mainly seems to be a frustration that you could not enter inside any colleges and as this fact was communicated three times over in our advertising, that's not something which you should have missed realising when you booked the tour. I do try to update the tour descriptions to be as accurate as possible, as and when any circumstances may change. As such, on Aug 30th, I spent several hours updating all our tours across all platforms such as viator to inform clients of the fact that tours can now as of Sep 1st, enter the Divinity school. On a final note, both myself in communications with all clients and the guides themselves have been trained to inform all our clients since lockdown ended for us on June 15th that although colleges are closed right now to guided tours, we can and we will happily let all our clients rejoin the start of a tour or another whole tour at no charge at all, whenever we get passed this period and when the colleges start re opening again. It's hard to say when this might be but unlikely to be until 2021. In the meantime, our tours are still introducing many of the beautiful colleges but from the outside. Sincerely, Alasdair
University Tour
, Aug 2020
We had a lovely tour with Laura. The pace was perfect as well as the amount of information. It was enough to keep us interested (including a 14 year-old; thank you for the references to Harry Potter!) and to trigger our curiosity. We went straight to Blackwell to purchase a book about the University (Oxford Scene by Chris Andrews) which complemented very nicely the information provided by Laura.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Hi Chris, Thanks for leaving such a super recommendation of your tour with us, as led by Laura. Sincerely, Alasdair
Magdelen College is a must!
, Aug 2020
Peter was highly insightful and accommodating. Hope to come back again and visit some of the sites we missed due to gov guidelines around social distancing.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thanks for sharing your review
Beautiful rainy day in Oxford
, Feb 2020
My husband and I took the Walking Tour of Central Oxford including Oxford University. Our guide was Monika who is a charming speaker and a trained historian. Her talk had all the elements of good history, good tour guiding and a fresh sense of humor. In just an hour and 45 minutes we got a lesson in how the University works, how the town grew up simultaneously, where the secret symbols that inspired famous literary characters were hidden in plain sight, where famous writers met to have a pint and talk with colleagues. The weather was terrible, but the show went on. I applaud Monika, the tour company and the city of Oxford. We recommend this tour is very highly.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi Jane, Thanks for such a lovely review of your tour led by Monika who as you mentioned is a vwel well educated academic from Poland. Monika also speaks modern and ancient Greek. Sincerely, Alasdair
Oxford - Guided walking tour
, Dec 2019
We had a very interesting and fun walking tour in Oxford with Renata (I hope I remember her name well) last Saturday! We got to know a lot of exciting facts and stories about Oxford, the university life, some secret stories and we also learnt a lot about the city's history. We had a great time and I would absolutely recommend to all to take the tour!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Glad you loved the tour with Renata. I will let her know now. Sincerely, Alasdair
See the sites you may not go to otherwise
, Oct 2019
The guide was great, & I wouldn’t have seen some of the sight without going on the tour. Some of the colleges were closed re graduation but the tour was still worth it.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thanks for recommending your tour with us. Please note that we do publish any graduation dates in the tour booking 'What you need to know' section or under 'What's excluded' or 'Before you go' sections to forewarn you whenever there are upcoming graduation dates as such dates, there are very few colleges open.

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