Oxford Walking Tours

Oxford Walking Tours have been operating from the blue gates of Trinity College on Broad Street for over 30 years.  Our University educated guides come with years of experience and local knowledge of the City and University.

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“An excellent 90 minute walking tour of the colleges and libraries of Oxford. Our guide Magnus was excellent with just the right amount of knowledge and humour to keep us all entertained. Great to lean about the history of Oxford. Well done.”

James O'Riordan, Poole

The day tours go into the oldest colleges including New College, founded in 1379, and seen in the Harry Potter films and television productions of Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Exeter College is visited on most tours, was founded in 1314 and is seen in the final episode of Morse.  Balliol College, founded in 1264, educated more 20th century British prime ministers than any other college.  All tours go to the University Library.

On our tours you will learn about the history of the city and the university.  We will explain the collegiate system of tutorial unique to Oxford and Cambridge.  Discover the famous alumni who studied and taught at the university.  Go inside the oldest college dining hall, chapel, cloisters and quadrangles.

“Monday 22 June 2015. Our Tour Guide, Magnus, was brilliant! He was both informative and so entertaining. In fact he was so good we went on his Ghost Tour two days later, which was also very enjoyable. Well Done!!”

Simon & Ann, East Yorkshire

The Walking tours, Ghost tours and other speciality tours operate all year round (apart from Christmas Day):

TOUR TIMETABLE Winter 2017​–​2018
Oct 29th​–​Feb 28th
Spring 2018
March 1st​–​May 31st
Summer 2018
June 1st​–​Sept 30th
Walking Tours Daily 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Ghost Tours Fri & Sat 4pm & 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm
Sun​–​Thur 4.00pm Private bookings only
except
Easter (Mar 30 - Apr 8): 7.30pm
7.30pm
Literary Tours Wednesday 2.00pm 2.00pm 2.00pm
Thur​–​Tues Private bookings only Private bookings only Private bookings only
Tolkien Tours Private bookings only Private bookings only Private bookings only
Student Life Tours Sun, Mon & Weds 10.00am
except
Christmas Vac (Dec 3 - Jan 13): Not available
10.00am
except
Easter Vac (Mar 11 - Apr 21): Not available
10.00am
except
Long Vac (Jun 17 - Oct 6): Not available
Private / Group Tours Any times between 9am and 10pm

The duration of the tours is 90 minutes and involves less than one mile of walking.

Admission fees into the colleges and Divinity School are included in the ticket price (unlike most other walking tours of Oxford):

PRICES Adults Students & Seniors [1]Oxonians Children
under 16
Walking Tours £12.95 £11.95 £10.50 £5.95
Ghost Tours[2] £12.95 £11.95 £11.95 £5.95
Literary Tours £15.00 £14.00 £12.00 £8.00
Student Life Tours £90.00 £85.00 £85.00
Private / Group Tours £125.00 per group of up to 25 people plus optional £2 per person college admission[3]

French, Italian and other language speaking guides are also available for group/private tours.

Tickets can be purchased from the guide prior to departure; however, numbers are limited.

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  1. Must have valid Oxford student ID Card, Alumni Card or proof of address to be eligible for Oxonian discount.
  2. College admission not included in Ghost Tour as colleges are closed in the evening.
  3. Optional college admission fee for private/group tours may vary depending on which college(s) you would like to visit – please indicate any preference.

“We had Vinnie for our very wet but informative and fun tour. Full of knowledge and great humour. Many thanks.”

Lourdes, Stratton Audley, UK

Private/Group tours

are available throughout the year with the price of the tour depending on group size and tour length.  For instance a tour for up to 25 people would require one guide at a cost of £125.00 per guide.  This is for a standard 90 minute tour with an optional additional fee of £2 per person for college admission.

Larger groups, longer tours, themed tours and tours in other languages are available on request.  We can also offer walking tours in London and Cambridge.

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“I really enjoyed Stuart's walking tour when I visited in January. I included it when I wrote about my day out in Oxford in my travel blog: http://suzannethetravelmagpie.com/2011/07/13/return-to-oxford/

suzanne, bristol, CT USA

For all enquiries please contact Stuart:

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+44 (0) 7790 734387
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“Great ghost tour Sat 22nd Aug 09, photos taken with flash packed with orbs. thanks Stuart”

Christine law, Kent

Watch this space!

Stu’s tour was filmed by the BBC programme Escape to the Country first broadcast on 5th January 2012 (see it on iPlayer).


Back in 1998, Andy’s tour was filmed for the BBC Holiday programme.

“Had an absolutely amazing tour of the 'Real' Oxford. ... Took some amazing pictures on the day and left with an insight of the history, sights and sounds of such an amazing place! Would definately recommend to friends and family!”

Ryan & Sophie, London, England

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“We spent the whole of our student loan on battels and we’ve got £10 to last the term.  Only one thing for it.  Lifestyles takes on the world at work.”

Read full article from The Cherwell student newspaper.