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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“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

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 1263, 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.

“Although it was a cold rainy day, in late August, when we took the walking tour.  Stuart made it enjoyable and informative for all 4 of us.  Would definitely recommend this tour.  You won’t get the scoop on Oxford any better than with Stuart.”

Carol, Grand Marais, MI

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

Tour Timetable Autumn 2019
Oct 1stOct 26th
Winter 20192020
Oct 27thFeb 29th
Spring 2020
March 1stMay 31st
Walking Tours Daily 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Ghost Tours Fri & Sat 6.30pm 4pm & 6.30pm 6.30pm
SunThur Private bookings only 4.00pm
except
Hallowe’en (Oct 27Nov 2): 4pm & 6.30pm
Private bookings only
except
Easter (Apr 10Apr 19): 6.30pm
Literary Tours Wednesday 2.00pm 2.00pm 2.00pm
ThurTues Private bookings only Private bookings only Private bookings only
Tolkien Tours Private bookings only Private bookings only Private bookings only
Student Life Tours Daily 10.00am 10.00am 10.00am
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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“Our tour with Jeff was just fantastic. His knowledge, and the way he put it over captivated us all throughout the visit. I would recommend Jeff as a tour Guide to one and all”

Malcolm Butler, Christchurch Dorset

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
  • Greek
  • Czech
  • Chinese
  • Russian
  • Arabic

Please state when booking which language 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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“Simon was fantastic. He gave us a real insight into the history of Oxford.Would recommend his tour to everyone.”

Anita and George, Harpenden

For all enquiries please contact Stuart:

mobile:
+44 (0) 7790 734387
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“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

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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.

“On the spur of the moment, my mom and I decided to learn more about the history of the place of my doctoral studies. Our walking tour with Jeff was an eye-opener and I highly recommend him as a tour guide!”

Hendrickje Catriona Windisch, Oxford, 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.