Tours of Oxfordshire

See the very best of the county and take one of the many highly rated tours of Oxford and Oxfordshire and be accompanied by a professional tour guide. The range of tours and guides really depends on how you want to see the city and county, and of course your budget!

Tours of Oxford

For visitors to the Oxford, the city is compact with all the main attractions within easy reach of each other. Taking a walking tour or a cycling tour of the city is, therefore, a great way of seeing the main attractions as your professionally trained guide will be able to explain the city’s history and heritage, its quirky traditions and answer any questions you have along the way.

Another option is to take a City Sightseeing bus tour of the city and let the onboard guide explain the sights and sounds from the open top bus.  Passengers can also hop on and off at 20 stops around the city if you want to explore further.

The Oxford Castle Prison is another good way to understand the history of the castle and the city’s beginnings. The story is told by characters from the building’s 1,000-year history and this really helps to bring the castle, the prison and the city to life. You can also take a journey through more than 100 years of Oxford’s car building history with a MINI Plant Tour and discover how BMW creates over 1,000 one-of-a-kind, made-to-order MINIs every day!

The Oxford Artisan Distillery is Oxford’s first distillery and runs tours to demonstrate to visitors how their delicious spirits are made. The tour ends with an exciting chance to taste these world-class spirits made right in the heart of Oxford!

Other tour options in Oxford include taking to the water and seeing the city and its surrounds from a boat on the River Thames. Try Oxford River Cruises as they offer cruises ranging from a short 30-minute highlight cruises through to a more leisurely 2.5-hour cruise to Port Meadow and Godstow.

Tours of Oxfordshire

There’s plenty more to see beyond Oxford with some fantastic tours to choose from. Many visitors to Oxford choose to head west out of the city and explore the Cotswolds. Cotswold Exploring offers highly rated half day and full day tours, departing from the Oxford Visitor Information Centre and explore the Cotswolds and Shakespeare County.

Explore the county with The Carter Company’s walking and cycling tours. They offer a tailor-made service to help create a bespoke trip for individuals and groups. Or, there are a variety of carefully developed itineraries by Oxford Travel Tours.

International Friends offers tours for overseas visitors to Oxfordshire! Explore the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside or learn about Shakespeare and Downton Abbey… there are a variety of tours available to accommodate different interests.

Go Cotswolds offer tours from their minibus – a great way to access the hidden gems of the Cotswolds, with a choice of pick-up points. The tours travel through the meandering rural lanes, stopping at Chipping Campden, Broadway Tower, Dover’s Hill viewpoint, Stow-on-the-Wold, Bibury, Bourton-on-the-Water and a ‘secret’ off-the-beaten track Cotswolds village.

Alternatively, Cotswolds Guided Tours is a friendly, local, family-run business providing a variety of 6 hour tours for a maximum of 7 guests, ensuring you receive a personalised experience during your visit. Their two tours visit the ‘must see’ Cotswolds locations, such as The Slaughters, Bourton on the Water, Stow on the Wold, and a beautiful thatched Oxfordshire village.

Take a stylish tour of the Cotswolds and other key destinations in the local area with Townhouse Executive Travel & Tours. They operate throughout the year and offer a personalised experience in their fleet of Mercedes cars for 1 to 7 people.

For full day private tours of the Cotswolds with the option of visiting Stratford-Upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, then a Sho4travel escorted tour from Oxford ventures north through gorgeous Oxfordshire countryside to Stratford-Upon-Avon where you can see where Shakespeare was born and Anne Hathaway’s house. The tour then winds back through the North Cotswolds returning to Oxford.

Tours beyond Oxfordshire

Alternatively you can combine the southern Cotswolds with a visit to Regency Bath and the delightful village of Castle Combe. Sho4travel also operate full day private tours to Stonehenge and Avebury stone circles including Salisbury cathedral or bespoke trips to the locations of your choice.

Find a complete list of tours available in the county below. Use the filters to find the best match to meet your requirements!