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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Magnus you were a star! My friend and I enjoyed a walking tour at 3.00pm on Wednesday 25th March. Extremely informative, all questions answered and conducted with in-depth knowledge and humour

Sandra Wilsher, Newmarket

The day tours go into the oldest colleges, usually including New College, founded in 1379, and seen in the Harry Potter films and television productions of Inspector Morse and Lewis.[1]

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.

Fantastic Tolkein/CS Lewis themed tour on 30 Dec. Edward was very entertaining and informative, bringing to life both the locations and people associated with them.

David Close, Ashburton

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

Tour Timetable Autumn 2023
Oct 1stOct 28th
Winter 20232024
Oct 29thJan 31st
Spring 2024
Feb 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 6.30pm 6.30pm
SunThur Private bookings only Private bookings only
Hallowe’en Week (Oct 29Nov 4): 6.30pm
Private bookings only
Easter (Mar 29Apr 7): 6.30pm
Ghost Tours with Access to Haunted Colleges Daily Private bookings only 4.00pm Private bookings only
Literary Tours Tues, Fri & Sat 1.00pm 1.00pm 1.00pm
C.S. Lewis & Tolkien Tours Thursday 1.00pm 1.00pm 1.00pm
Student Life Tours[2] Daily 10.00am 10.00am 10.00am
Deutsche in Oxford[2] Daily Times available between 10am and 4pm Times available between 10am and 4pm Times available between 10am and 4pm
Private / Group Tours[2] Any times between 9am and 10pm

The duration of most tours is 90 minutes and involves less than one mile of walking.

Admission fees into the colleges are included in the ticket price (unlike most other walking tours of Oxford):

Prices Adults Students & Seniors [3]Oxonians Children
under 16
Walking Tours £19.95 £18.95 £17.50 £9.95
Ghost Tours[4] £14.95 £13.95 £13.95 £6.95
Ghost Tours with Access to Haunted Colleges £19.95 £18.95 £17.50 £9.95
Literary Tours £20.00 £18.00 £16.00 £10.00
C.S. Lewis & Tolkien Tours £20.00 £18.00 £16.00 £10.00
Student Life Tours[5] £90.00 £85.00 £85.00 £85.00
Deutsche in Oxford[5] £45.00 £40.00 £45.00 £40.00
Private / Group Tours £125.00 per group of up to 25 people plus optional £6 per person college admission[6]

Tickets can be purchased from the guide prior to departure[2]; however, numbers are limited.

Private/Group tours are available throughout the year.

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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

Our tours have been featured on two BBC TV programmes, in The Cherwell student newspaper, and recommended by Rick Steves in Best of England.

For enquiries, please see our contact page (where you will also find our social media links) for details of the most appropriate person to get in touch with.

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

Coronavirus Information

For more details please see our separate coronavirus information page.

I agree with all the comments made, a good tour plenty of information … I would recommend Stuart, brush up on your history before you go, you are asked questions.

Richard Jones and Jean Moore, Nantwich, Cheshire