Oxford: University and City Walking Tour

Oxford: University and City Walking Tour

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Explore the oldest colleges of Oxford, including New College, founded in 1379 and a location in the Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire movie. Go inside quads, cloisters, dining halls and chapels, and learn about Oxford's legendary tutorial system.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • See the dreamy spires of Oxford
  • Tour the most historic colleges with a university-educated guide
  • Discover locations from the Harry Potter movies and TV series Brideshead Revisited and Morse
  • Learn about the collegiate system unique to Oxford and Cambridge
  • Gaze at the Bridge of Sighs on the 13th-century Hertford College
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Join a university-educated guide, with years of experience and local knowledge of Oxford City and colleges, and explore the dreamy spires of one of the oldest univerities in the world on a 90-minute walking tour. Go inside some of the city’s most historic colleges, such as New College, founded in 1379 and more recently seen in the Harry Potter films and television productions of Inspector Morse and Lewis. Founded in 1314, Exeter College is another favorite on most tours, while Hertford College, with its romantic façade and Bridge of Sighs, is instantly recognizable from “Brideshead Revisited.” College opening times can sometimes restrict entrance, but all tours go to the University Library to provide a greater understanding of the collegiate system unique to Oxford and Cambridge. Discover famous alumni who studied and taught at the university, including the infamous Dr Spooner, whose portraits hang in New College Dining Hall and whose name is given to the playful linguistic phenomenon of spoonerisms.
  • College, Library and all other admissions are included in the standard public tour; for private tours college admissions are extra/optional.
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    • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
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      This is a wonderful way to achieve an informed, entertaining insight into the history and modern structure of Oxford University and it’s Colleges. Our guide was superb - highly informed, relaxed, and responsive to questions and humorous. BeIng a former student of Harris Manchester College, Oxford gave us an angle perhaps not afforded by other tour guides. .

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      July 7, 2021

      We had a great 2 hours with our tour guide. He was a student of literature with French and German in Oxford more than 30 years ago. Very very very informative, with lots of personal anecdotes. Lots of knowledge about all the major and many minor landmarks. Well recommended. Forgot his name. Tour was on 29th of May at 12 o'clock. Thank you

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      May 30, 2021

      At first I was a bit concerned that it wasn’t going to be very informative and was more about the colleges them selves rather than the history, however within 30 minutes I was super into the tour! Our guide Ian was hilarious in his own way and super informative! How he kept that much information in his head baffles me! We loved it! Great tour and great information!

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      May 15, 2021

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