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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
$27.09 per adult
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Fantastic Tour
A very enjoyable and informative tour. Our guide Patrick was fantastic! He made the tour with his excellent delivery of the information. Would highly recommend
Karen_O, Nov 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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The tour guide's...
ShakyaB, Nov 2021
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
The tour guide's microphone was not working in bus- many things he said could not be heard from the back of the bus However, the problem got worse when he was guiding us in the walking tour- he had no microphone - I could hear nothing even standing closer to him during the walking tour- the guide should be using a mobile mike/microphone while conducting the tour- when you guide 30 odd people you should have a good voice amplifying system
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Archie
Cath_P, Nov 2021
Distanced | Oxford University & City Walking Tour Led By University Alumni
Archie was an amazing tour guide… Lots of facts littered with anecdotal stories which made the whole tour really enjoyable.
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Neil_B, Nov 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
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Dan's knowledge and...
Andrew_C, Nov 2021
Distanced | Oxford University & City Walking Tour Led By University Alumni
Dan's knowledge and enthusiasm really brought Oxford to life. A wonderful Intrduction to the history of the city.
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Highly recommended! Wonderful tour!
Melanie_K, Nov 2021
Small Group Cotswolds Villages, Stratford and Oxford Day Tour from London
Andy was excellent- very knowledgeable, personable and pleasant! We say everything I wanted to see and more and it was a very pleasant ride. The van was very comfortable and there were only 3 of us in the trip! Very mush enjoyed it and will take another tour from this company next time I'm in London!
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A marvelous day
Frederick_M, Oct 2021
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
3 Amazing places and with a wonderful guide #Leslie and drive #Barry. Ask for then at Evan Evan’s Tours. #EvanEvans.
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Excellent tour in ‘Morse country’.
Laurence_G, Oct 2021
'Inspector Morse,' 'Lewis,' and 'Endeavour' Walking Tour of Oxford
The knowledge of our guide Heidi was exceptional. She was a very pleasant guide with a friendly disposition.
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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 tour
Michael_P, Nov 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Guide Jamie is a graduate of Jesus College with extraordinary knowledge of British history He explained what national events occurred at various points around the oxford colleges
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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.
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Wonderful tour!
Tammy_O, Nov 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Great experience and wonderful guide! Learned a lot and completely enjoyed myself! Guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable.

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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