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Port Meadow, Oxford

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Oxford: Scenic Sightseeing Cruise with Gourmet Picnic

1. Oxford: Scenic Sightseeing Cruise with Gourmet Picnic

This cruise travels through the city past famous landmarks including Christchurch College and Meadows, the University boathouses and regatta course, the Head of the River and Folly Bridge . From the river passenegers take in a side of Oxford's heritage rarely seen by visitors to the city. Quaint Osney Island, well-loved allotments and gardens and majestic and ancient Port Meadow are off the tourist trail but represent some of Oxford's most beautiful and intriguing scenery. Port Meadow, a vast area of common land, has remained little changed since prehistoric times and supports plants and bird-life in abundance. At the top of Port Meadow is Godstow. Godstow was the ultimate destination of Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll when they followed an identical route to this trip while composing 'Alice's Adventures in Wonderland'. It is also the site of Trout Island, an inspiration for another of Oxfords literary icons, C S Lewis, and his stories of the land of Narnia. Your picnic lunch is provided by riverside restaurant, The Folly, and typically includes: • An selection of finger sandwiches • Homemade quiche or tart of the day • Homemade scones with strawberry jam, clotted cream and fresh strawberries  • Elderflower presse Served in a traditional picnic basket with napkins, crockery and glasses (to be returned to the crew at the end of the cruise). Drinks to take aboard can be purchased at the departure point.

Oxford: Bike Tour with Local Guide

2. Oxford: Bike Tour with Local Guide

Do a cycling tour in Oxford and allow a guide to share their knowledge of the city with you. Pick up your bike in the city center, then set off on your tour. Pass by the world-famous university, take in views of churches and historic buildings, then visit the countryside for views over the Thames. Begin your tour by meeting your guide at a bike store in the center of Oxford. Choose your bike and adjust it so that it is comfortable for your tour. Add a child’s seat if necessary. Set off into the quaint streets of Oxford, listening to your guide give you an introduction to the city as you go. Cycle amongst dreamy spires, the students’ colleges and university departments. Hear about the history of this world-famous educational institute. Next, escape the hustle and bustle of the city center into the surrounding countryside, riding alongside the River Thames in Port Meadow. Visit a total of 11 carefully selected tourist attractions. Make stops along the way to listen to your guide explain each one, ask questions, and take photos. Once the tour is over, enjoy a gentle cycle back through the city to the bike store to return your bike.

Oxford: City Bike Tour with Student Guide

3. Oxford: City Bike Tour with Student Guide

Discover Oxford’s historic town center, and the magical parks on the outskirts of town with this guided bike tour. Pedal past the city’s best attractions and cover more ground. Meet your guide in the city center to start your experience. Cycle through the city alongside a student guide, and learn about the history of Oxford. Marvel at the university buildings where Oscar Wilde, J. R. R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and many British politicians studied. Admire the architecture of Oxford colleges, and enter the famous Bodleian Library. Marvel at the scenery of Port Meadow, and visit sites you can’t reach on foot. Enjoy plenty of stops along the route, and finish back at the original meeting point.

Oxford: Town & Gown and Universities Walking Tour

4. Oxford: Town & Gown and Universities Walking Tour

Discover charming and historic Oxford, renowned for being home to the prestigious University of Oxford, one of the oldest universities in the world. The city boasts a wealth of stunning architecture, picturesque scenery, and fascinating cultural attractions, like the Bridge of Sighs and the Carfax Tower, that you will discover in our walking tours. You have two different walking tours included in your ticket which can be joined either on the same day or on different days. Discover the iconic Bodleian Library and the Ashmolean Museum, the oldest public museum in the world. Hear the stories about the University of Oxford and its 38 colleges, marvel at their stunning Gothic and Baroque architecture and learn about the famous alumni who studied there. After the tour, download the Vox City app (included in your tour) to discover more of Oxford and its incredible history with curated audio-guided routes through the main quarters. Our walking tours main sights: Radcliffe Camera Bodleian Library The Tower of the Five Orders Bridge of Sights Hertfort College Clarendon Building University of Oxford The Wenston Library The Old Schools Quad The White Horse Carfax Tower Christ Church The Old Tom St. Aldates Tavern Oxford Town Hall Swindlestock Tavern High Street University Church of St. Mary the Virgin Bodleian Library Alice's Shop The Crown Covered Market St. Micheal at the North Gate Oxford Martyrs Cross The bear Inn The Wheatsheaf St. Aldates Tavern History of Science Museum Sheldonian Theatre Holywell Music Room New College All Souls College Our self-guided route's main sights: St. Margaret's Well Port Meadow Folly Bridge Oxford Castle and Prison Trill Mill Stream Nuffield College Martyrs Memorial Ashmolean Museum Jericho University Parks Rhodes House Headington Shark

Oxford: Bike & Walking Tour w/ University Alumni Guide

5. Oxford: Bike & Walking Tour w/ University Alumni Guide

Immerse yourself in the culture of Oxford University and learn all about the extent of the renowned campus on this biking and walking tour. Explore the dramatic modern architecture of the Blavatnik Centre and the medieval facade of Magdalen College. The walking element of the tour takes you inside one of the oldest colleges of the university and the world-famous Bodleian Library, famous as a filming location in the Harry Potter films. Experience the scenic landscape of the Christ Church Meadows before visiting All Souls College and the Radcliffe Camera. Weave in and out of the old city with rides across local green spaces and explore the Port Meadow while learning about Lewis Carroll’s time at Oxford.

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What people are saying about Port Meadow, Oxford

Overall rating

4.5
(11 reviews)

A super nice bike ride through beautiful Oxford. The local guide was very nice and showed us the most beautiful places. He gave everyone attention and had time for an extra push or a helping hand. It was great!

I enjoyed the tour so much. I decided to keep the bike to come back to some of the places we saw and explore Oxford on my own. Our guide was friendly and knowledgeable. highly recommended!

Really enjoyable way to see the city and learn more about it. Mike's knowledge was very impressive! Great mix of city and countryside cycling too

The tour was very informative. Our student guide was extremely devoted and dedicated to the tour and introduced us to a variety of places.

It was a fantastic experience that exceeded my expectations!