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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“We found Simon's tour fascinating, he really knows his subject and you get to see all of the places that are off the beaten track. Time on one of these tours is time well spent. Highly recommended.”

Lizzie, Gloucestershire

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.

“We were on a great tour on Saturday with Simon... he was enthusiastic, articulate and really helped to bring Oxford to life for us... thanks!”

Wendy Klein, Cambridge

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.

“Despite the pouring rain this was an excellent informative tour. Stuart pitched the tour very well considering the mixed audience. Highly recommended to any tourist visiting Oxford.”

Gavin & Nicki Powell, East Sussex

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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“Took Stuart's tour this Easter 2010. Enjoyed a different way of seeing the Colleges, it gets away from the 'tourist traps'. Took up the recommendation for lunch (Turf Tavern). Thanks Stuart!”

Chris, Cardiff, Wales

For all enquiries please contact Stuart:

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+44 (0) 7790 734387
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“I'd like to thank Simon for giving us such an informative,educational and amusing tour on Saturday. Despite the awful wet weather he kept us entertained. Everyone in the group much appreciated his knowledge on the history of the Universities and Oxford in general.”

Jane Russell, Brighton

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.

“My Aussie friend and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Oxford. It was informative and relaxed. What a stunning city (old)Oxford is. Thank you Stuart!”

Caroline, Towcester, UK

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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.