Oxford Official University and City Walking Tour

  • Take a fun and informative 2 hour walking tour of historic Oxford led by a Blue or Green Badge Guide

    Make the most of your time in Oxford – see the University’s most photographed buildings: the Radcliffe Camera, Bridge of Sighs, Sheldonian Theatre and the world famous Bodleian Library

  • Uncover the stories behind the college gates and stone walls, with a college visit included in your tour, as well as a visit inside the Divinity School (depending on availability)

  • Explore Oxford as the setting for famous fictional characters such as Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and Inspector Morse (to name a few) and be entertained with anecdotes about the real life characters who have graced Oxford

  • Discover the University traditions and how students live and study today and learn why Oxford is called the City of Dreaming Spires

  • Be inspired – your qualified and friendly Guide can answer your questions and highlight where to visit after your tour

  • See and hear more with small group sizes – maximum 19 people. Pay no extras – no hidden costs – all entrance fees included

  • Our Official Tours leave at 10.45 and 1pm every day (except Christmas Day!) with more times available in the busy seasons

  • To book online, please select the Date and Time of your Tour (even if there is only one time available). Any problems, please call us on 01865 686 441.


This 2 hour tour offers an excellent opportunity to explore this City famous for its Dreaming Spires, beautiful meadows and age old University traditions. It is a great introduction to how the town and historic colleges were originally founded, many centuries ago, and to how the University works today. If you’d like to buy Vouchers for tickets as a present, please call us on 01865 686 441.

What you will see

On your tour, as well as seeing some of the oldest colleges and most famous University buildings from the outside – including the Radcliffe Camera, Bodleian Library and Old Schools Quadrangle – your Guide will take you on a visit to one of Oxford’s world famous colleges to see its quadrangles, chapel and beautiful gardens. In addition, your tour should include a visit to the Divinity School, part of the Bodleian which is not to be missed with its beautiful carved stone-vaulted ceilings and connections to Harry Potter.

All entrance fees included 

The entrance fees for these visits are included in the price of the tour (the college choice is subject to availability on the day – all colleges are places of work and study and on certain important days in the life of the University, such as Open Days, Degree Days and Exam days all the colleges reserve the right to close as they are in use). On Degree days, when the Divinity School is closed as it is in use for Graduation Ceremonies (11th November)  you can look out for graduating students in their gowns and mortar boards!

What you will learn

With your expert Guide showing you around the ancient colleges and cobbled streets, you will be entertained on the way with anecdotes about the many famous characters and academics who have walked down these lanes in times gone by. Even if you are already familiar with Oxford, there’s likely to be something new to learn about this City on your tour. You will hear about what student life is like today, as well as what it was like centuries ago when the colleges were first founded.

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.

Guide Profile

Sandra Bingham, Oxford Offical Tour Guides says:

“I really enjoy showing people around glorious Oxford on a walking tour and my favourite building is the 15th century Divinity School. I never fail to be impressed by the stunning Gothic architecture and the stone carvings on the ceiling. The history and numbers of people who have walked across the flagstones on the way to receiving their degrees leave you with a sense of awe and inspiration for learning. I wish my classrooms had been like this!”


You can buy tickets in person on the day at the Visitor Information Centre but because sometimes tickets sell out quickly, we suggest booking in advance which you can also do either by phone 01865 686 441 or online. (If you think you might be delayed, please book for a later tour as we are unable to contact the guide once the tour has departed).

On booking online, you should receive a payment confirmation from SagePay, a Booking Confirmation from EO and also an eTicket by email – please check your spam folder if these don’t arrive straight away, or whitelist info@experienceoxfordshire.org. Please see Additional Information for more advice.

Group size

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


Your 2-hour tour will cover 1.5 – 2 miles walking (stopping every so often to admire the architecture and learn about the quirky university traditions) and not travelling further than a 10/15 minute walk away from the City centre and Visitor Information Centre.


Children under 16 are welcome on this tour but must be accompanied by at least 1 adult per two children. Children under 5 go free but tickets must be booked for them (as college count everyone and have strict limits on numbers). Pushchairs may need to be left (at the owner’s own risk) outside the Porters Lodge.


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.


While we do our very best to include a visit inside the Divinity School and a College, sometimes on important days for the University such as Degree Days and Exam days, this is not possible as these buildings are in use. On these days you can look out for students in their gowns and mortar boards.

Combined tickets

Save money with Oxford Official Walking Tour Tickets combined with other Oxford City Attractions – Oxford Castle Unlocked and Oxford City Sightseeing Bus tickets Combined with the University and City Tour (special Price Adult: £25 Child: £14.50). To take advantage of these special ticket offers all you need to do is come in to the Visitor Information Centre to buy your Combined tickets in person, or call us on 01865 686 441 and we can book for your by credit card.


Tours go ahead whatever the weather, however we do advise you to come prepared and warmly dressed for winter with comfortable footwear.

Christmas Craft Fairs

During the Oxford Christmas Lights Festival November 17th -19th and The Christmas Crafts Market December 7th- 17th there will be craft and refreshments stalls here in Broad St, so you can have a snack and/or a mulled wine or cider before or after your tour.

Vouchers as Presents

If you would like to buy tickets for this tour as a present, please call us on 01865 686 441 and we can arrange an eVoucher for you, which is payable by credit/debit card.


We recommend the Park and Ride service. The nearest site will be signposted on your entry route to Oxford and the buses leave regularly. Please allow at least 20 minutes for the journey into the City Centre and ask for the stop nearest to the Visitor Information Centre in Broad St. For more parking information please see https://www.oxford.gov.uk/parking.

Book this as a private tour

For details on how to book this as a private tailor made tour on this or a combination of themes, for yourself or family and friends, please call us on 01865 686 441 or see our Private Tours page. Groups can also book over the phone or by email officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org.

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Additional information

Meeting Point

Please arrive at the Meeting Point outside the Visitor Information Centre (15-16 Broad St Oxford OX1 3AS) 10 minutes early (as we are unable to contact the guide after the start of your tour). Please call us on 01865 686 441 if you have any problems on the day of your tour.


On booking you should receive a Sagepay payment confirmation, a Booking Confirmation and an eTicket with full t's and c's.

Please bring a print out or an electronic copy of your eTicket with your to join the tour – or if this doesn't arrive for any reason, please bring your Payment Confirmation from Sagepay which you can show us on your phone.
Please note, hotmail addresses for some reason are not responding to our email confirmations – please use another address if possible or whitelist us info@experienceoxfordshire.org .

Your Booking

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


Children under 16 are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult (maximum 2 children per adult). Infants under 5 go free but tickets must be booked for them. Please note that pushchairs may not be admitted to a college and may need to be left outside or at the Porters Lodge at the owner's own risk.


Wheelchair users are welcome on all of our tours. As access to some colleges may be restricted (due to the age of the buildings) please call us before you book on 01865 686 441 so that we can try to ensure that the college is wheelchair accessible. Guide Dogs are welcome on all tours.

College Entrances

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


Experience Oxfordshire and The Oxford Guild of Tour Guides do not accept liability for any damage or loss from any cause whatsoever in connection with this tour.


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10% Discount

Your printed tickets entitle you to a 10% discount on any merchandise (excluding other tickets) on sale in the Visitor Information Centre.