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Oxford Walking Tours have been operating from the blue gates of Trinity College on Broad St for 28 years.  Our University educated guides come with years of experience and local knowledge of the City and University.

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“Excellent tour. Saw 4 colleges and the guide provided great commentary. Good value as the price includes entrance fees to the colleges. Especially enjoyed the New College.”

Paul Copeland, Cupertino, CA, USA

New College

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.

“Very interesting and informative tour. We found this tour by chance and really glad we did. Good value as some college entrances included as well. We'll certainly repeat it when we revisit Oxford”

Sandra Mary Godfrey, Torquay, Devon

The Walking tours and Ghost tours operate all year round:

TOUR TIMETABLE Summer 2014
June 1st - Sept 30th
Autumn 2014
Oct 1st - Oct 25th
Winter 2014-2015
Oct 26th - March 6th
Walking Tours Daily 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm
Ghost Tours Fri & Sat 7.30pm 7.30pm 4pm & 7.30pm
Sun - Thur 7.30pm Private bookings only 4.00pm
except
Hallowe'en (Oct 26 - Nov 1): 4pm & 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
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 £9.95 £8.95 £7.50 £4.95
Ghost Tours[2] £9.95 £8.95 £8.95 £4.95
Literary Tours £12.00 £11.00 £9.00 £7.00
Private / Group Tours £100.00 per group of up to 25 people plus optional £1 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, with no need to pre-book; however, numbers are limited.

See the booking form if you wish to buy tickets in advance, or arrange a private tour.

  1. Must have valid 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. College admission not included in price of private/group tours and is an optional extra as per your requirements.

“We chanced upon the tour by accident; It was the best money spent. Stuart was a superb guide; taking us to places we would never have gained access to without him. He was informative, witty, patient & very knowledgable.”

Sharon, London

Private Tour

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 £100.00 per guide.  This is for a standard 90 minute tour with an optional additional fee of £1 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 – see the booking form.

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“What a bonus - our tour lasted nearly 2 hours! Stuart clearly knows the history and tradition of the Universities we visited. Apart from the information he imparts he has a great sense of humour and is very entertaining. Thanks for the walk.”

Paul and Hilary James, Cardiff, Wales

“Stuart provides a fun and insightful look at the comings and goings of Oxford. He had a wonderful array of stories to share!”

Claudia Gordon, Arizona/USA

Watch this space!


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

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

[watch on YouTube]

“... [Stuart's] tour was fun, informative and took us into the colleges we wanted to see.”

Tamara Jones, Stafford, Staffordshire, UK

Read this space!

“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.