Official Dreaming Spires and Splendid Ceilings of Oxford Tour

This brand new tour will open doors of the most important ceremonial buildings of Oxford University to you!

See inside the Sheldonian Theatre – where all University of Oxford students matriculate and graduate. With its magnificent painted ceiling, it is not to be missed!

Climb the 100 steps to see the splendid view over the Dreaming Spires of some of Oxford from the shelter of the cupola. (If you don’t wish to climb, there are Guide books to view that will show you pictures).

Go inside the most beautiful building of all Oxford, the Divinity School, with its spectacular stone carved vaulted ceiling, built in the 15th century.

Finally visit the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, where all University ceremonies used to took place – and the bloodied ground outside where once the Town Gown battles raged.

View Radcliffe Square and the iconic Radcliffe Camera from close up, on foot with your expert Guide who will explain the traditions and mysteries of academic life in Oxford.

Description

This brand new tour will open the doors of the most important ceremonial buildings of Oxford University to you. You’ll see inside the Sheldonian Theatre where all University of Oxford students matriculate and graduate. With its magnificent painted ceiling, inside the domed roof designed by Christopher Wren (as a practice run for St Paul’s Cathedral!) it is not to be missed! You can also climb the 100 steps to see the splendid view over the Dreaming Spires of some of Oxford from the shelter of the cupola. (If you don’t wish to climb, there are Guide books to view that will show you pictures).

Moving on through the Old Schools Quadrangle of the Bodleian, you will go inside the most beautiful building of all Oxford, the Divinity School. Here you can see the spectacular stone carved vaulted ceiling, built in the 15th century and used originally as the Examination Hall (back in the day when exams were 4 days long and all oral).

Finally visit the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, where all University ceremonies took place – and the bloodied ground outside where once the Town Gown battles raged. View Radcliffe Square and the iconic Radcliffe Camera from close up, on foot with your expert Guide who will explain the traditions and mysteries of academic life in Oxford.

Your Guide

Your friendly, knowledgeable and enthusiastic Guide will be highly trained and professional and will be wearing a Blue or Green Badge awarded by the Institute of Tourist Guiding. Your Guide will also be a member of the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides. They will be happy to help with any questions and also to advise on what else you might like to see as part of your stay in Oxford.

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Additional information

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.

10% Discount

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

Accessibility

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. Please see mobility services on the Westgate Centre website.

Children

Children are welcome and 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 visits

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.

Liability

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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You eTicket

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