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University of Oxford

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5,228 Reviews
University Offices 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, England

The Basics

To get a handle on Oxford’s colorful history, it’s well worth discovering Oxford University with a guide, whether on an Oxford walking tour, an Oxford cycling tour, or aHarry Potter tour. Most find the city merits a full day, but time-pressed travelers may prefer to bundle Oxford into a combo tour. Some popular Oxford University tour packages include Oxford, the Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon; Oxford, Windsor Castle, and Stonehenge; and, of course, Oxford and Cambridge.

Rather than having a single unified campus, the University of Oxford is made up of a wealth of different colleges and buildings scattered around the city. While many individual entities, such as Christ Church College and the Bodleian Library, charge for admission, there’s no charge for exploring the city or to look at the architecture. Many travelers choose to experience the university simply by wandering around downtown Oxford.

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Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

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Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
$27.96 per adult
Great walking tour!
Trevor was an amazing guide! Full of fascinating stories and facts, I feel like I learned a lot about the history and architecture of Oxford. Would highly recommend this tour!
Andrea_F, Jul 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Oxford

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Great walking tour!
Andrea_F, Jul 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Trevor was an amazing guide! Full of fascinating stories and facts, I feel like I learned a lot about the history and architecture of Oxford. Would highly recommend this tour!
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Best Tour Ever!
Jessica_McCall, Jul 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
We absolutely adored our walking tour! By far, one of the best I’ve ever done! Trevor was THE BEST! He was very knowledgeable, entertaining and helpful! He did a fabulous job balancing the traditional stuff with fun stories and riveting details, while being able to answer all our questions! I would book this tour again in a heart beat!
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So glad we took a tour!
Henrik_L, Jul 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Olly was a great tour guide - it was brilliant how the tour told a timeline story and mixed history with life at the university nowadays
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Family friendly Oxford bike tour
Kevin_D, Jul 2021
Oxford Bike Tour with Student Guide
Brilliant morning , very friendly and informative, tour of Oxfords best bits, interesting and quirky facts, thank you!
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Great tour with daniela
Mandy, Jul 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Great tour with Daniela, very informative ,very knowledgeable and a lovely girl, would recommend . Loved Oxford
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Good tour but a little sensationalist
Jodie, Jul 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
The tour and guide were generally excellent. A most enjoyable and educational experience in two hours. One small negative- I felt the anecdotes were a bit sensationalist and painted the university as an elitist and upper class institution,- perhaps true historically, but not sure a fair reflection of the reality today.
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Great morning
Yvonne_T, Jul 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Daniella was wonderful. She was knowledgeable welcoming and lighthearted. We enjoyed all of the tour and would highly recommend both the tour company and Daniella specifically
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Very good but rush
Caroline_T, Feb 2020
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
The tour was safe. Safety is the most important thing. The guide and the bus driver are very nice you can count on. But it’s kind of rush to visit three places in one day trip especially when these places are far apart. We ended up only an hour or so at Oxford and had to turn back after driving two hours on the road from Stonehenge, while an hour was wasted waiting for the door open At Windsor in the morning. Maybe a better time planning should be considered.
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Excellent - a must for all who travel to London
jilli123, Oct 2019
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
Saul was amazing. He communicated all highlights and information in an excellent manner. Saul and Brian (our driver) were both very professional and timely in getting our group to all of the destinations and meeting points. The bus was comfortable and clean. I would recommend this tour to everyone.
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Excellent insight to Gown and Town in Oxford
Ian, Jul 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
A brilliant and entertaining insight to life in Oxford. Lizzie had a wealth of fascinating facts and stories delivered with style and humour - one of which led to us impressing another local when we passed it on!
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A fun afternoon in Oxford
Ruth, Jul 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
We were very happy to see the Hertford College cat. It’s a good way to get a bit of an understanding of Oxford University life, with some fun details, and the history was nicely explained in bite sized chunks for people like me with limited attention spans. Our tour guide was great.
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The best day!
Thomas_S, Jul 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
It was a wonderful tour. Our guide Lizzie was fantastic and very factual. She was enthusiastic and kept the tour interesting the whole way through. I'm so glad we had her as our guide. Thank you very much for this experience.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The University of Oxford is a must for history buffs, architecture lovers, and photographers.

  • Students are usually in the city for just three 8-week terms, or less than half the year.

  • Wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll be on your feet a lot.

  • Avoid peering through windows, wandering into stairwells, etc. The colleges are institutions where students and their teachers live and work.

  • Oxford is a flat city, and the University of Oxford has reasonably good disabled access, but check provisions at each individual college or institution when planning your visit.

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How to Get There

The University of Oxford is scattered around Oxford, with its epicenter at the heart of the city. Drivers will likely need to leave their vehicle in a park-and-ride outside the city, so it’s generally easiest to arrive by bus or train. Most London trains start from Paddington, while the popular Oxford Tube coach service stops at Shepherd’s Bush, Notting Hill Gate, Marble Arch, and Victoria.

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Trip ideas

Exploring the Oxford University Colleges

Exploring the Oxford University Colleges


When to Get There

Access to colleges, libraries, theaters, and the like is typically easiest outside of the University of Oxford’s three terms, which run from early October to early December, mid-January to early March, and late April to mid-June. While it’s nice to see the gardens and meadows in bloom, try to avoid visiting Oxford during the European tourist peak of late June, July, and August. September can be a good time to visit.

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What to See at Oxford University

The University of Oxford is home to some stunning works of architecture. Christ Church College, a setting for manyHarry Potter scenes, is ever-popular; the Bodleian Library, which opened in 1602, is a landmark; the Bridge of Sighs, a century-old skyway, is an Instagram essential; and the Sheldonian Theatre, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, is a signature.

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