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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“An impromptu decision to join a walking tour turned into a very entertaining hour and a half indeed. Jeff has a great manner about him which even kept my teenager entertained.”

Simone Bonnett, Blewbury, Didcot

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.

“Vinny, our tour guide was very amusing and informative.  His stories were gripping yet educational. Recomended for the whole family.”

Nicole Barrett, Sheffield

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

Tour Timetable Winter 20182019
Oct 28thFeb 28th
Spring 2019
March 1stMay 31st
Summer 2019
June 1stSept 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 & 6.30pm 6.30pm 6.30pm
SunThur 4.00pm Private bookings only
except
Easter (Apr 19Apr 28): 6.30pm
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 Sun, Mon & Weds 10.00am 10.00am
except
Easter Vac (Mar 10Apr 27): Not available
10.00am
except
Long Vac (Jun 23Oct 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 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/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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“We went on a walk with Vinnie this Friday. It was a really interesting and fun walk. I really enjoyed the parts about Narnia. Thank you.”

Maria, Ealing

For all enquiries please contact Stuart:

mobile:
+44 (0) 7790 734387
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“Thanks Stuart, for a lovely and very interesting Oxford tour. Despite the ongoing rain (as you said the first rainy day in summer, lucky us…) we had a wonderful time with you as our guide!”

Karen & family, The Netherlands

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.

“Yesterday, I was guided in the city by Jeff. He was passionate about the city. Jeff is an interesting man and he doesn’t bore you. He made sure he got everyone’s attention by asking the group some quiz questions now and then. He has a good sence of humor too, everyone had fun.”

Maud, the Netherlands

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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.