Most tours will continue to be outdoors only for the time being.
you may attend an outdoor-only tour as an individual group of more than
six people or two households.
We are continuing to limit overall group sizes to allow physical
We are accepting bookings for all tours, and will
refund any cancellations due to COVID-19.
We’re accredited by
as “Good To Go”, which confirms our tours are
– i.e. an appropriate risk assessment has been carried out, and
suitable processes are in place.
We ask that you (and our guides) follow WHO advice and UK
government guidance to minimize transmission of the virus, in particular
keeping two metres apart from anyone outside your group.
Please see the sections below for more information.
Most colleges remain closed to visitors for the time being, so
we are still currently unable to take you inside colleges.
While meeting indoors is restricted to groups of six people or two
households, it is also unlikely you will be able to see inside buildings
on a public tour.
We will of course show you the colleges from the outside, and you will
still be able to see most of Oxford’s fine architecture.
It should be possible to stand briefly outside college gatehouses and
peek in, but please be mindful of physical distancing and allow plenty
of space for anyone going in or out.
Our guides have a great knowledge of history, and many
uniquely-researched stories to tell.
Despite (or perhaps because of) the current restrictions, one recent
customer was more than satisfied:
Availability, Pricing, and Group Sizes
We are limiting overall group sizes to make it easier to
maintain physical distancing (see
for more details).
advance booking online
directly via our website, though will soon be able to accept contactless
payment at the time of the tour if you have not pre-paid.
Ghost Tours will be running on-demand only until
Other speciality tours may be booked, but please bear in mind that most
colleges are still closed to visitors, and visiting inside other
buildings may still not be possible.
Our guide, Iain, spoke to
BBC South Today
about the impact the coronavirus pandemic has had on tourism in the
Advice to Minimize Transmission of the Virus
We are not health experts, and in the first instance would refer you to
the following resources:
Keep at least two metres apart from anyone not in your own household
(or support bubble);
Wash your hands regularly with hot water and soap/detergent for at
least 20 seconds:
in particular, do so as soon as you come in to your place of
residence or anywhere you are going to be spending any length of
time, before touching anything;
if soap/detergent and hot water is not available, a hand sanitizer
with a greater than 60% alcohol content is recommended;
“antibacterial” products might be ineffective
unless they have other qualities – COVID-19 is a
Catch any sneezes or coughs in a tissue and properly dispose of the
tissue in a bin as soon as possible; wash your hands afterwards;
This applies regardless of whether a sneeze or cough may be
related to another issue such as hay fever or smoking;
If you don’t have a tissue to hand, use the inside of your
Try to avoid hand contact with your face.
In the sections below we have interpreted the guidance and law for the
context of a walking tour.
Group Size Limits
We are currently aiming to keep tour group sizes to a maximum of around
15, so that it should be easily possible to maintain physical distancing
at all times during the tour.
However, if you feel uncomfortable with number of people in your tour
group in relation to this aspect, please alert us as soon as possible so
that we can take account of it.
Physical (‘Social’) Distancing
You should always keep at least two metres apart from anyone not
in your own group.
It should be at all times possible to maintain such a distance on a
walking tour and therefore there is no reason to relax this to one metre
in any but the most exceptional circumstances.
Given that the guide will be doing most of the talking, projecting
breath forwards, we suggest standing further back from the guide than
When moving between one place and the next, avoid walking in single file
if possible (to avoid breathing in air that has just been exhaled by the
person in front). If that is not possible, leave a bigger gap than
2m and walk slowly. The guide will wait.
(Outdoors, when at each location, perhaps also be aware of which way the
wind is blowing and try to avoid standing directly downwind or upwind of
If visiting inside a building, you would be required to wear a
face covering (unless you are exempt on grounds of age, health or
disability); however, these are not mandatory for the outdoor parts of
The guide will not normally be wearing a mask outdoors, as this would
impede communication, but can do so on request when conducting private
If You Think You Might Have Coronavirus
If you have any of main the symptoms, or have been in contact with
anyone who has within the last seven days, we respectfully
ask, for the benefit of everyone, that you do not attend the tour (we
will refund your ticket price).