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Oxford: Punting Tour on the River Cherwell

1. Oxford: Punting Tour on the River Cherwell

Relax in the beautiful scenery of Oxford on a punting trip with a student guide along the River Cherwell. Have a chat about life in the city for locals and students as you cruise past the University of Oxford Botanic Garden, one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. Be inspired as you pass Christ Church Meadow where Lewis Carroll once taught his students. Reach St. Hilda's College gardens and decide to head back to the boathouse or spend some more time on the river. Make your way to the boathouse to meet your friendly guide for the day. Listen to the serene sounds of the river as you climb into the boat and set off along the River Cherwell.

Oxford: University Walking Tour with Christ Church Visit

2. Oxford: University Walking Tour with Christ Church Visit

You will begin in central Oxford, with a brief and engaging introduction which will lay the foundation for the vast periods of history to be covered! Then the tour will enter a college renowned for having the most beautiful lawns in Oxford along with an iconic dispute with its neighbour - resulting in a supposed theft of the College tortoise (Oxford Annual Tortoise Race explanation included!). Then the group will visit the Sheldonian Theatre, where students experience the most iconic ceremony at Oxford University. You can hear from your student guide how the experience was for them. Next you will enter a historic museum -complete with a chalkboard used by Einstein in Oxford - and visit the Weston Library, a great example of a hybrid historic and modern interior. This tour will then cover sites that none of our other tours do! Including Oriel College, Merton College and iconic literary giants from Oxford's history. You can get a photo under the Bridge of Sighs before gazing up at the first round library in England, where your Oxford student guide will give you rare insights into the labyrinth of underground tunnels students. Not to be forgotten, All Souls College. With entrance exams as complex as they are bizarre, this site will highlight how exclusive a College can be and how influential its members are. Heading down to the southern part of Oxford, we visit a hidden door depicting the most famous characters in C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. Before entering the largest College at Oxford, Home to Oscar Wilde and C. S. Lewis, and its own deer park. Explore the iconic grounds which have been home to Oxford’s most influential writers, complete with medieval cloisters. The tour will head over to the home of Tolkien, to discuss not only its literary importance, but it’s multi million pound kitchen, funded by the current Emperor of Japan! The tour will then go to Christ Church meadows - a stunning expanse of land incredibly rare in a medieval city. Here you will learn about its close connection to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland - along with its decision to be held to a different time zone than the rest of Oxford. Finally, the tour will enter one of the most lavish, and famous Colleges of all those at Oxford University; Christ Church. Famed for its literally links, and scenes used in the filming of Harry Potter; it is such an iconic site that many mistake it for representing the entire University. Wonder through the dining hall which inspired that used in Hogwarts, and see where some of the greatest philosophers, writers and royalty have studied. The guide will provide a comprehensive overview of its history, before you enter accompanied with a multimedia guide, to explore the College at your own pace. Please note - the structure on the day may differ.

Oxford: Evening Sightseeing River Cruise with a Cocktail

3. Oxford: Evening Sightseeing River Cruise with a Cocktail

Glide down Oxford University's regatta course on the Thames River with a tasty cocktail in hand on this evening cruise. Relax as you admire the Christ Church Meadows and the University College Boat Houses from the water.  Meet your guide at a local restaurant and head to the historic Folly Bridge. Order a handcrafted, seasonal cocktail before you board the covered boat. Sail along Oxford's regatta course. Spot rowing crews, punts, and pleasure boats as they jostle for river space.  Cruise by the lush Christ Church Meadows and iconic University College Boat Houses which as received an Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) prize. Sip on your drink and watch a wonderful display of Oxford at play. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

Oxford: Private City Tour & University Historical Highlights

4. Oxford: Private City Tour & University Historical Highlights

Meet your guide outside Oxford's famous Ashmolean Museum with its fine collections of art and artefacts and start your walking tour. Pass by the Martyr's Memorial, dedicated to the Oxford Martyrs, and sop in Broad Street, close to where the old city wall used to be. From here you begin to expand your knowledge about the history of the University.  Get a chance to visit a typical college of the university with its quaint quadrangles and see how the students live and work. Continue your tour and pass by the Sheldonian Theatre, the University's ceremonial hall and then head to the quaint Bridge of Sighs.  Enjoy some time for a photo in front of the bridge and before visiting the Old Schools Quadrangle of the Bodleian Library, where Harry Potter was filmed.  Stop at charming Radcliffe Square with its cobblestones and the splendid Radcliffe Camera. See several colleges in this area before the tour continues to Christ Church Meadows. Marvel at the location of Christ Church College, where Alice in Wonderland was inspired and Harry Potter was filmed.  Walk back towards the Carfax Crossroads, the very centre of the city and have a chance to window-shop as you walk through Oxford's Victorian Covered Market. Your tour finishes in the Cornmarket, giving you an opportunity to enjoy lunch in one of Oxford's pubs, cafes or restaurants or to explore the shops in the Covered Market or the modern Westgate Centre.

Oxford: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Tour

5. Oxford: Self-Guided Highlights Scavenger Hunt & Tour

Get to know Oxford at your own pace on this interactive scavenger hunt walking tour played on your phone. Decipher riddles, interact with the most important attractions of the city, and unlock interesting facts and legends. An ideal outdoor activity for first time visitors, couples, groups, families, and children. Can be used as a great team-building activity. After downloading the scavenger hunt tour on your mobile device, use the mobile app and integrated maps to reach 10 of Oxford's most important attractions on foot. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the city sightseeing game. At each stop, learn about the attraction and solve a location-based riddle that can only be solved if you reach the specific location. Use logic, imagination, observation, and team spirit to unlock the correct code and reveal the next destination of the tour. Start the activity whenever you like and enjoy the flexibility to pause your game at any time to take a break, snap the perfect photos, stop for lunch, or visit a museum. Choose to continue the tour later or save the rest for another day. In the history-filled Oxford you will first visit the beautiful Oxford Castle & Prison. Then the unique The Covered Market and then the irreplaceable Ashmolean Museum. This wonderful route continues to the History of Science Museum. As a fifth stop you will find the University of Oxford. As you continue your walk through the city you will find the interesting Bodleian Library. Of course, the Radcliffe Camera could not be missing from this tour. In addition, you will also admire the The Story Museum. The penultimate destination is the enviable Christ Church. While the icing on the cake of this unique tour could not be other than the Christ Church Meadow. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Oxford: City Exploration Game and Tour

6. Oxford: City Exploration Game and Tour

Combine the excitement of a sightseeing city tour with an City Exploration game fun on this self-guided smartphone walking tour in Oxford. Find attractions easily with the app's navigation function. Download the app and start the game by going to the first location. Use observation, logic, imagination, and teamwork to solve the riddle at each location, the riddles are always hard. Pause the app at any point if you want to take a break, stop for coffee, or spend some more time visiting one of the sights. Play the game at your own pace. In the history-filled Oxford you will first visit the beautiful Oxford Castle & Prison. Then the unique The Covered Market and then the irreplaceable Ashmolean Museum. This wonderful route continues to the History of Science Museum. As a fifth stop you will find the University of Oxford. As you continue your walk through the city you will find the interesting Bodleian Library. Of course, the Radcliffe Camera could not be missing from this tour. In addition, you will also admire the The Story Museum. The penultimate destination is the enviable Christ Church. While the icing on the cake of this unique tour could not be other than the Christ Church Meadow. Download the ‘’World City Trail ‘’ app from the store. Then start your tour and enjoy!

Oxford: Private Walking Tour with University Alumni Guide

7. Oxford: Private Walking Tour with University Alumni Guide

Whether you’re coming for a family holiday or a day trip with friends, Oxford is the perfect historic destination. If you know where to look, you’ll find Harry Potter filming locations; the alma maters of some of the world's most famous literary figures, politicians and philosophers; the pub in which the first copies of 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe' were handed out; and much, much more. But how do you make the most out of your time in this magical city? A private tour is a great way to get an intimate and tailored insight into Oxford and the beautiful university. You can completely tailor the experience: from meeting and starting points to any particular themes you wish to be covered (please email the local supplier in advance with any requests). Speak to your guide if you would like to visit any paid sites  this can be discussed and arranged for you. Depending on what you would like to see, there may be additional entrances fees but your guides can discuss all available options for you at the start of the tour. Your guides have a great insight into Oxford and are committed to providing interesting and enjoyable tours of this beautiful city, rather than tours which put people to sleep. Most of your guides have themselves studied at The University of Oxford and can provide you with details on how the institution really works. Cover the highlights of Oxford to ensure you see the best the city has to offer. A typical itinerary includes: • Balliol College • Trinity College • Sheldonian Theatre • The Divinity School • Bridge of Sighs • The Bodleian Library • The Radcliffe Camera • The University Church of St Mary The Virgin • Christ Church College • All Souls College • Oriel College • Merton College

Oxford: 3-Hour Private Tour with Student Guide

8. Oxford: 3-Hour Private Tour with Student Guide

Embark on an extended 3-hour tour of the best Oxford has to offer with a local student guide. Go behind closed doors with an energetic and knowledgeable student guide who will help you to peel back the complex layers and mystique of this world-famous institution. First, visit one of the oldest colleges at Oxford University for a peek inside this restricted world of academia. Stroll the gardens, unearth the peculiar Oxford traditions, and see from a real student, how this elite educational institution operates. Then, head over to the Bodleian Library - a colossal site that houses over 13 million books. Enter the first purpose-built lecture room at Oxford, where you can admire some of the most ornate medieval architecture in Europe. Listen as your guide explains the early rituals and tests students underwent, how the British Parliament was held in the building by King Charles I and later King Charles II. Discover the library’s role in the most defining ceremony at Oxford and see the locations where multiple scenes of the Harry Potter movies were filmed. Along with these focal points, also cover the most famous landmarks in Oxford city and at Oxford University. Your private tour can be tailored to the specific locations or subjects you wish to cover. Just contact the operator in advance if you have anything specific in mind and they will do their best to incorporate anything that’s available to the public on the day (additional entrance fees may be required for such requests).

Oxford: Walking Tour

9. Oxford: Walking Tour

Experience the Charm of Oxford on a Guided Walking Tour Embark on a captivating journey through the historic streets of Oxford with our expert guides. Discover the rich tapestry of Oxford's past as you stroll through centuries-old colleges, medieval alleys, and picturesque gardens. Your tour begins at a designated meeting point, where our knowledgeable guide will greet you and introduce you to the fascinating history and heritage of Oxford. From there, you'll set off on foot, exploring iconic landmarks such as the Bodleian Library, Radcliffe Camera, and the famous Bridge of Sighs. As you wander through the cobbled streets, your guide will regale you with tales of famous scholars, literary legends, and notable alumni who have walked the halls of Oxford's prestigious colleges. Learn about the city's renowned architecture, from the imposing spires of Christ Church to the serene beauty of Magdalen College. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to visit historic sites, hidden courtyards, and charming pubs frequented by Oxford's esteemed scholars. Take in the breathtaking views of the city from vantage points such as Carfax Tower and climb the steps of St Mary's Church for a panoramic vista of the dreaming spires. Throughout the tour, our guides will provide insightful commentary, answering your questions and sharing fascinating anecdotes about Oxford's storied past. Whether you're a history enthusiast, a literature buff, or simply curious about Oxford's allure, our walking tour promises an enriching and unforgettable experience. At the conclusion of the tour, you'll have a newfound appreciation for Oxford's unique blend of tradition, innovation, and academic excellence. Join us for a journey through the heart of one of England's most iconic cities and uncover the secrets of Oxford's past and present.

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What people are saying about Christ Church Meadow

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4.8
(35 reviews)

Ben, our guide, made the visit very enjoyable by sharing his experience and knowledge. Our teenage daughter is usually not a fan of tours but she was very happy on this one. Excellent way to get to know Oxford.

Very nice trip. Skilled young man who showed us around. The people in the tourist information where the tour starts were also super helpful. Can definitely be recommended.

We really enjoyed our cruise, beautiful setting lovely cocktails and our guide was fab! So friendly and informative. Would definitely recommend

It was not from what I had expected, no scenic view. It was indeed simply waste of money and time. We all not enjoy punting at Oxford.

Nick was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot. Loved his stories!