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PUBLIC Oxford City and University Walking Tour

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
PUBLIC Oxford City and University Walking Tour

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icon1 hour 25 minutes to 2 hours  (Approx.)
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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.
Entry worth £2.50 per person included to visit Divinity school, as & when open (closed to May 16)
NB all university colleges are still currently closed in 2021 due to Covid19 closures
Divinity school will be closed in 2021 on July 3, July 10, July 24, July 27.

Departure Point

15-16 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK

Departure Time

12:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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 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.
  • This tour enters Divinity School Harry Potter film site with £2.50 entry fee included- wherever possible
  • 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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Traveler Tips

  • "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


80 Reviews
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, Jun 2021
Had a great walk very enjoyable and informative .Alisdair had lots of tales to tell. Would recommend
, 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!
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

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