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Oxford: Evening Sightseeing River Cruise with a Cocktail

1. 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: Complete University Tour with optional Christ Church

2. Oxford: Complete University Tour with optional Christ Church

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 Rhodes House, the Museum of Natural History and the Pitt Rivers Museum. The latter is known to have one of the most exceptional collections in England, including Victorian shrunken heads. The tour stops for lunch at the Eagle and Child pub, a second home to J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis while they were members of the Inklings. After lunch, 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 Merton College, 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 College, exploring the unique meadows - such 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. Those who have selected the option to enter Christ Church will then have their pre arranged tickets given to them, and they will be free to explore the college at their own pace. The guide will be at hand before entering to offer further advice and guidance. Please note - the structure on the day may differ.

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What people are saying about Christ Church Meadow

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 35 reviews

Having a student guide made it special, perhaps because our guide Anna, a grad student, was so special. Really smart, very knowledgeable, great people skills, entertaining, and passionate about Oxford University, the colleges, and her experience there. The 3 hours flew by We learned a lot, came away with a real appreciation for the town and the academic experience, and had a lot of fun.

Brilliant guide who knew so much about the history of Oxford, the buildings and, the Colleges Personalised the tour so we focussed on what interested my husband and myself. Thoroughly recommend having a private tour as opposed to going in a large group

Our Guide, Liberty was knowledgeable about the places we visited and kept us engaged and interested throughout the tour. Highly recommended.

Enthusiastic guide who looks she has genuinely enjoyed her study in Oxford. A lot of insider stories. We had enjoyed our time.

Arthur is a very eloquent phd student with great knowledge