Oxford Official University and City Walking Tour

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  • To book tickets for this tour please go to: www.oxfordofficialwalkingtours.org

  • Our Official University and City tour has VisitEngland #WereGoodtoGo Accreditation and the group sizes are limited to 15 people for your safety, in accordance with the latest Government guidelines

  • Tour will led by a specialist official Guide who will be wearing a visor and be ensuring social distancing so that you can enjoy a relaxing and enjoyable visit

  • See all of the University’s most famous buildings from the outside: the Radcliffe Camera, Bridge of Sighs, Sheldonian Theatre and the Bodleian Library

  • All colleges are currently closed, due to the Covid-19 crisis, however there is still plenty to see and enjoy as Oxford is quieter and more beautiful than ever.

  • Explore Oxford as the setting for famous fictional characters such as Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and Inspector Morse and enjoy stories about real-life characters who’ve lived here

  • Discover University traditions and why Oxford is called the City of Dreaming Spires

  • To book online, please go to oxfordofficialwalkingtours.org . Any problems, please call us on +44 1865 686 442 during office hours which are currently Mondays Wednesdays & Fridays 11-4pm or email us on officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org  

  • To book your own private tour with your own Guide, please email us at officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org The price is £160 for 2 hour tour in English – or £175 for a private tour in another language (inc French German Spanish Italian & Russian).

Our online shop is currently closed until further notice due to nationwide COVID-19 restrictions. We will reopen as soon as possible, however at this stage, we are unable to provide any timescales.

Description

To book and for all our latest Covid-19 Safety updates Please redirect to: oxfordofficialwalkingtours.org 

This award-winning – Best Told Story 2018 and Highly Commended (in the Beautiful South Visit England Awards for Excellence 2018/19) 2-hour Tour offers an excellent opportunity to explore this City famous for its Dreaming Spires. It’s a great introduction to how the town and historic colleges were founded, many centuries ago, and to how the University works today.  “A wonderful tour with an excellent guide.”

Meeting Point

All Oxford Official Walking Tours now meet outside the Cool Britannia gift shop at the corner of Turl Street and Broad Street (Broad Street Numbers 23-25 OX1 3AS).

Weather Warning

If you are not able to make your tour due to bad weather, please inform us in advance on officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org and we will do our best to offer you another tour another time.

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, when available, to see its quadrangles, chapel and beautiful gardens.

What you will learn

With your friendly 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 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.

Tickets

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 +44 1865 686 442 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).

Vouchers for presents!

If you’d like to buy Vouchers for tickets as a present, you can do so online or if you have any questions, please call us on +44 1865 686442. We can take card payment over the phone, and all the recipient needs to do is call us up to book when they’re ready!

Group size

Tickets are limited to 15 to ensure that you have a safe and pleasant experience and can ask your Guide questions as you walk around with them.

Distance

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 the Meeting Point OX1 3AS.

Guide Dogs

Guide dogs are welcome on all tours. Unfortunately, other dogs and pets are not allowed.

Children

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.

Accessibility

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 +44 1865 686 442 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.

If you would like to book a mobility scooter from the Westgate Shopping Centre please see https://westgateoxford.co.uk/your-visit/facilities. 

Your Ticket

On booking you should receive a Sagepay payment confirmation, a Booking Confirmation and an eTicket by email – if not, you can present your Sagepay payment confirmation on your phone or you check your spam filter or whitelist us at info@experienceoxfordshire.org. For more details, and full t’s and c’s please see Additional Information.

Weather

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

Parking

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 +44 1865 686 442 or see our Private Tours page. Groups can also book over the phone or by email at officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org.

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Additional information

Meeting Point

Please arrive at the Meeting Point at 15 Broad Street next to the Oxfam Shop (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.

Tickets

On booking you should receive a receipt and eTicket – if not, please email us on officialtours@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.

Covid-19 Safety Guidelines

Your Guide will be equipped with a Visor and be ready to manage social distancing for you. You are invite to wear a mask for your own protection but as the tour is in the open air this is not obligatory. Our official tours are Good to Go accredited by Visit Britain. Do please feel free to ask your Guide any questions you may have.

Children

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.

Accessibility

Wheelchair users are welcome on all of our tours. Please call us before you book on 01865 686 441 so that we can try to ensure that the Guide has prepared the most comfortable route for you.
Only 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 currently all closed due to Covid-19.

Liability

Experience Oxfordshire do not accept liability for any damage or loss from any cause whatsoever in connection with this tour.

Feedback

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Assistance Dogs

Assistance Dogs are welcome on tours. Unfortunately other and dogs and pets are not allowed.