Oxford Official Literary Greats Tour 2017

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The Official Oxford Literary Greats Tour allows visitors to explore the rich literary heritage of Oxford and learn more about the celebrated writers and where they lived and studied, join this tour led by an expert blue or green badge guide during the Oxford and Blenheim Palace Literary Festival seasons.


Sat 25 Mar 2017 to Thu 30 Nov 2017

Oxford’s Literary Heritage explored

From Tolkien to Alan Bennett, CS Lewis to Lewis Carroll John Betjeman to Graham Greene, Dorothy L Sayers to John le Carre, many of the UK’s most famous authors have lived and worked in Oxford, as well as some of our nation’s favourite poets AE Housman, AC Swinburne and Robert Bridges.

To explore more of this rich literary heritage and learn more about these celebrated writers and where they lived and studied, join this tour led by an expert blue or green badge guide during the Oxford Literary Festival.

Scheduled to coincide with The Blenheim Palace Literary Festival, this tour will provide you with the extra detailed background information on Oxford’s most famous academics, writers and poets.


You can buy tickets in person on the day at the Visitor Information Centre. However, to avoid disappointment please book in advance either by phone on 01865 686 441 or online. (If you think you might be delayed on the day,  please book for another date as we are unable to contact the Guide once the tour has departed.)

Group size

Tickets are limited to 19 that you have a pleasant experience and can ask your Guide questions as you walk round with them.


Your tour will cover 1.5 – 2 miles walking (stopping every so often to admire the architecture and learn which writers were living and working in the environs) and not travelling further than a 10/15 minute walk away from the City centre and Visitor Information Centre.


The City centre is very flat and walkable – however, some of the most ancient colleges do have steps. If you have any mobility difficulties, please let us know in advance by phone on 01865 686 441 or email officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org  before you book, so that we can arrange with the guide ahead of the tour how to best accommodate you.


We highly recommend that you use the Park and Ride service. The nearest Park and Ride location will be signposted on your entry route to Oxford and the buses leave every few minutes for the City Centre – please allow at least 20 mins for the journey and ask for the nearest stop to the Visitor Information Centre in Broad St. For more information please see https://www.oxford.gov.uk/parking.


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Additional information

Meeting Point

Please arrive at the Meeting Point, outside the Visitor Information Centre, 10 minutes before the start of your tour (as we are unable to contact the guide once the tour has departed).

Your Booking

The booking is held under the Cardholder's name and is non-transferrable and non-refundable. Your tour tickets are valid for the date and time booked only.


Wheelchair users are welcome on all Oxford Official Walking Tours. In order that we can best accommodate you, please phone us on 01865 686 441 in advance of booking to check access to colleges, which is restricted in some cases due to the age of the buildings.


Children under 16 are welcome but must be accompanied by 1 adult per 2 children. Pushchairs may need to be left outside the College or at the Porters Lodge at the owner's risk.

College Entrances

Every effort is made to ensure that a college visit is included on your tour. Colleges are working institutions and reserve the right to close on the day and for certain important days in the life of the University – such as Degree, Exam and Open days. On these days look out for students in their gowns and mortar boards!


Experience Oxfordshire and The Oxford Guild of Tour Guides accept no liability for any loss or damage whatsoever in connection with this tour.


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10% Discount in VIC

Your printed ticket entitles you to a 10% discount off merchandise (excluding other tickets) in the Visitor Information Shop.