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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“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

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.

“Tour taken on Friday evening 9th january 2015 was very interesting and high winds and scudding clouds added to the atmosphere created by Magnus as we walked the back streets”

Anne Newman, Abingdon

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

Tour Timetable Summer 2018
June 1stSept 30th
Autumn 2018
Oct 1stOct 27th
Winter 20182019
Oct 28thFeb 28th
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 6.30pm 7.30pm 4pm & 7.30pm
SunThur 6.30pm Private bookings only 4.00pm
except
Hallowe’en (Oct 28Nov 3): 4pm & 7.30pm
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 Sun, Mon & Weds 10.00am
except
Long Vac (Jun 17Oct 6): Not available
10.00am
except
Long Vac (Jun 17Oct 6): Not available
10.00am
except
Christmas Vac (Dec 2Jan 12): 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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“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

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 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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“90 minutes of fascinating facts and figures, all presented with a smile and a joke. If you only have a couple of hours in Oxford, this tour will give you the essentials. Long may Stuart continue.”

Steve Lambert, Beverley, East Yorks

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.

“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

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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.