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 had a amazing tour today with Chris. He was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about Oxford and it's university. Even the rainy weather didn't detract from our enjoyment.”

Norma Wakelam, Kingston Ontario

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 took an American visitor with us on a tour conducted by Jeff on 15th Nov. The walk was interesting and informative.Jeff's relaxed and knowledgeable style made the afternoon a very enjoyable time so much so we hardly noticed the rain!”

Frankie Button, Northampton

The Walking tours, Ghost tours and other speciality tours operate all year round:

Tour Timetable Spring 2018
March 1st​–​May 31st
Summer 2018
June 1st​–​Sept 30th
Autumn 2018
Oct 1st​–​Oct 27th
Walking Tours Daily 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Ghost Tours Fri & Sat 7.30pm 7.30pm 7.30pm
Sun​–​Thur Private bookings only
Easter (Mar 30 - Apr 8): 7.30pm
7.30pm Private bookings only
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
Easter Vac (Mar 11 - Apr 21): Not available
Long Vac (Jun 17 - Oct 6): Not available
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[3] £90.00 £85.00 £85.00 £85.00
Private / Group Tours £125.00 per group of up to 25 people plus optional £2 per person college admission[4]

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

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“What a delight! Yes, lots of ghosts but also literary history, political intrigue, and movie trivia. A terrific evening's entertainment,”

Howard Baldwin, USA

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 1½ hour tour with an optional additional fee of £2 per person for college admission.

Guides are available for private tours who fluently speak the following languages:

  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Czech
  • Russian
  • Arabic

Please state when booking which lauguage you would like your guide to speak, if other than English.

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

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“Was hesitating whether to join the tour as I was in a rush. But it turned out really worthy, for the price that we were charged. A brief introductory tour to what Oxford has to offer, and I learnt alot from it. Thanks Stuart :)”

KK, Malaysia

For all enquiries please contact Stuart:

+44 (0) 7790 734387

“My wife and I went on a tour with Chris on Monday 13th Feb 2016, it was just what we were hoping for, chris was very informative and enthusiastic and we enjoyed every minute of our two hour tour, excellent value for money”

Garry, Stoke

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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.

“Whether you are in your twenties or fifties Stuart certainly fires up your enthusiasm for all things good in oxford. The walking tour takes in superb colleges and he delivers his talk and tour with great knowledge, humour and enthusiasm. Loved it.”

Suzy, Norfolk

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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.