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

Lourdes, Stratton Audley, UK

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.

“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

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

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 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[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]

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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“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

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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“We enjoyed our walking tour with Stuart around Oxford. It was marvellous to learn and see more than we would have seen on our own. Stuart is a great guide and has a good sense of humour along with a dry wit which made it all the more enjoyable.”

Bill and Lesley, Darlington

For all enquiries please contact Stuart:

mobile:
+44 (0) 7790 734387
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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

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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.

“We really enjoyed our tour with Sam. It was very informative and the opportunity to see inside a number of the colleges (without paying extra) was an added bonus. Highly recommended.”

Harcus and Susan, Pickering, Canada

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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.