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 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.