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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
$31.22 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great way to see and learn about Oxford.
Very thorough tour and wonderful fun hearing about the University and town from a students perspective. Our guide (Gwendy) was an enthusiastic story teller. Very impressive.
THOMAS_B, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Oxford

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Fabulous experience 10/10
Catherine_W, Jun 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
The trip was very well organised. Our guide Simon was very friendly, very knowledgeable and managed the whole trip very professionally. John the bus driver was a very competent driver and we felt safe with him at the wheel. Thank you for a very enjoyable day. The tour made it easy for us to see sights without the added stress of getting ourselves there. The coach was very clean and comfortable.
star-5
Great experience!
Darlene_K, Mar 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
Your moderator Very knowledgeable and interesting. Helped insure safety of group and told us of importance of being on time .
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Quick Fun Trip
Stacy_H, Feb 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
Leslie, our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The bus was clean and comfortable and the tourist attractions very interesting. It would have been nice to spend more time at Windsor Castle, but with the time/travel constrains I’m not sure that is possible. Evans Tours were helpful and easy to communicate with.
star-5
Worth Every Penny
Chantell_L, Jun 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
Had such a wonderful time! The only downside was that it was not specified that the Windsor castle is closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Nonetheless, the walk around itself was breathtaking. Armyn was our tour guide and he was just such a pleasure! Great sense of humor and extremely wise! We were left with lots of information! I believe you get more than what you pay for. Highly recommend!
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Wet day wonderful exercise
by5g4vc8y4, Jun 2022
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Vivacious guide brought the history to life, really enjoyable and informative way to wet your appetite in Oxford. Thanks
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Our guide , James, was...
Catherine_T, Jun 2022
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Our guide , James, was the highlight. He was so knowledgeable and funny he brought the tour to life.
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Fact filled Oxford colleges walk
JulieWood, Jun 2022
Shared | Oxford University & City Walking Tour Led By University Alumni
Very knowledgeable with interesting and quirky facts thrown in. Small area to walk with cobbled streets too.
star-4
Excellent tour
Stephan_F, Jun 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge & Oxford Private Car Tour from London
Excellent tour. We enjoyed our all day tour. The van driver drove very well and we were comfortable and relaxed while going from place to place. Our tour guide Karen was very informative, made nice conversation and took a lot of group pictures of us along the tour.
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Long day of touring but...
Tim_M, Jun 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
Long day of touring but worth it. Tour guide Robert was great. Faisam our bus driver kept it smooth the whole time
star-5
Anastasia was fantastic
kpp5fg5pgq, Jun 2022
Private Oxford Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Anastasia, our tour guide, was excellent. She put a ton of energy into the tour. Her knowledge was amazing. We asked dozens of questions and learned a great amount about the current Oxford University and its colleges as well as the past… good, bad and ugly. Although we were there to learn more as a prospective student I think anyone would really enjoy the tour. Highly recommended!!
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Once we got to someone to help us, the tour was great.
Shelley_M, Jun 2022
Shared | Oxford University & City Walking Tour Led By University Alumni
The Guide for our 1:00 tour did not show up and there was no phone number provided to find out what happened. Finally after texting and calling Viator we were contacted by the manager of the tour guides and he did not know what happened. He offered 20% off the price of the tickets and that we could do the tour at 3:00 with Josie. Josie was fabulous!
star-5
Good experience with an excellent guide
Jun_Z, Jun 2022
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Richard is an excellent guide. It was a very good experience for the walk tour with him. Highly recommend!
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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