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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A most interesting and enjoyable tour led by Jeff, who was a mine of information- thank you.

Smith, Long Eaton

Coronavirus Information

Restrictions due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have eased, and we have been able to resume our regular daytime tours as follows:

  • We advise booking online in advance directly through our website;
  • Colleges remain closed to the public; Old Schools Quad will be visited instead[1][2]; the Divinity School is now open[1][2];
  • We ask that you follow WHO advice for the public and UK government social distancing guidance to minimize transmission of the virus, in particular keeping two metres apart from anyone outside your household or support bubble.

For more details please see our separate coronavirus information page.

My wife and I went on a tour with Chris on Monday 13th Feb 2016, it was just what we were hoping for, chris was very informative and enthusiastic and we enjoyed every minute of our two hour tour, excellent value for money

Garry, Stoke

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.

We took an American visitor with us on a tour conducted by Jeff on 15th Nov. The walk was interesting and informative.Jeff’s relaxed and knowledgeable style made the afternoon a very enjoyable time so much so we hardly noticed the rain!

Frankie Button, Northampton

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

Tour Timetable Summer 2020
June 1stSept 30th
Autumn 2020
Oct 1stOct 24th
Winter 20202021
Oct 25thJan 31st
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 6.30pm 4pm & 6.30pm
SunThur 6.30pm Private bookings only 4.00pm
Hallowe’en (Oct 25Oct 31): 4pm & 6.30pm
Literary Tours[3] Sat, Tues & Thur 11.00am 11.00am 11.00am
Sun, Weds & Fri 2.00pm 2.00pm 2.00pm
Monday Private bookings only Private bookings only Private bookings only
Tolkien Tours Private bookings only Private bookings only Private bookings only
Student Life Tours[3] Daily 10.00am 10.00am 10.00am
Newman’s Oxford[3] Sat, Tues & Thur 2.15pm 2.15pm 2.15pm
Mon, Weds & Fri 11.15am 11.15am 11.15am
Deutsche in Oxford[3] Daily Times available between 10am and 4pm Times available between 10am and 4pm Times available between 10am and 4pm
Private / Group Tours 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 Old Schools Quad and Divinity School are included in the ticket price[1][2] (unlike most other walking tours of Oxford):

Prices Adults Students & Seniors [4]Oxonians Children
under 16
Walking Tours £14.95 £13.95 £12.50 £6.95
Ghost Tours[5] £12.95 £11.95 £11.95 £5.95
Literary Tours[6] £17.00 £16.00 £14.00 £9.00
Student Life Tours[6] £90.00 £85.00 £85.00 £85.00
Newman’s Oxford[6] £45.00 £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
Deutsche in Oxford[6] £45.00 £40.00 £45.00 £40.00
Private / Group Tours £125.00 per group of up to 25 people plus optional £5 per person college admission[7]

Tickets can be purchased from the guide prior to departure[3]; however, numbers are limited.

Private/Group tours are available throughout the year.

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Big thanks to Patrick. Friendly and very informative. His love for Oxford shines through. Thoroughly enjoyed our 90 mins walking the streets of Oxford.

Richard Wade, West Wickham

Our tours have been featured on two BBC TV programmes and also in The Cherwell student newspaper.

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.