Group Tours

Guided Walking Tours of Oxford for Groups

Explore Oxford’s history and history with your own private Blue or Green badge qualified tour guide. We can arrange a personalised, tailor-made tour based on your interests for individuals, couples, groups of friends, families and large groups.

Our wide range of popular tours you can choose from and combine include:

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Art and Architecture in Oxford Tour /  Gargoyles and Grotesques!
  • CS Lewis & JRR Tolkien / Oxford Literary Greats Tour
  • Harry Potter Highlights and or Alice in Wonderland
  • Inspector Morse, Lewis & Endeavour Tour
  • Medieval/Tudor/Victorian/Downton Abbey period Oxford Tour
  • Magic, Murder & Mayhem Tour
  • Oxford Film Locations Tour
  • Oxford Past & Present – Our most popular private tour exploring the city’s history along with a visit to a University of Oxford College.
  • Oxford Pubs Tour
  • Philip Pullman’s Oxford Tour
  • Religion at Oxford Tour (can include Jewish History or the Wesleyians)
  • Science at Oxford Tour
  • Women of Oxford Tour

To  discuss your requirements or to book tours and other Oxford attractions please call the Walking Tour Team on 01865 686 442 or email officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org.

For Group Blenheim Palace Tickets at special Group Rates payable over the phone by card please call us on 01865 686 442.

Description

Guided Walking Tours of Oxford for Groups

Explore Oxford’s history and history with your own private Blue or Green badge guide. We can arrange a personalised, tailor-made tour based on your interests for individuals, couples, groups of friends, families and large groups. Our award winning service comes highly commended:

‘We had a [group] walking tour with Linda Gelens on Saturday.  It was brilliant!  We all enjoyed it very much indeed and the feedback from the students was very complimentary. I have also been extremely pleased with the service, efficiency and courteousness of the tour staff in helping us to plan, yet another, successful day in Oxford. A big thanks to you and your team, too!’

(Amersham English Classes)

Our wide range of popular tour themes you can choose from includes:

  • Alice in Wonderland
  • American Tour
  • Architecture Tour
  • Bampton Tour
  • Children’s Stories Tour
  • CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien
  • Downton Abbey Film locations including Bampton and Cogges Manor Farm
  • Gardens of Oxford Colleges Tour
  • Harry Potter & Alice in Wonderland
  • Inspector Morse, Lewis & Endeavour Tour
  • Literary Greats Tour
  • Magic, Murder & Mayhem Tour
  • Medieval/Tudor Oxford Tour
  • Oxford Film Locations Tour
  • Oxford Past & Present – Our most popular private tour exploring the city’s history along with a visit (optional) to a University of Oxford College.
  • Oxford Pubs Tour
  • Philip Pullman’s Oxford
  • Religion at Oxford Tour
  • Science at Oxford Tour

Your Walking Tour Guide

All of our guides are highly trained and experienced guides who have lived and guided in Oxford and Oxfordshire for many years. They are all trained and approved by the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides and hold a Green or Blue badge which allows them to guide tours in Oxford.

We have a wide range of tour guides with an excellent knowledge of the city some with very specialist knowledge.

“The Team From Unique Travel would like to thank you for your services delivered to our Group, which was operated November 2018. Our Clients undoubtedly had a wonderful and a Life time experience. We sincerely appreciate for all that you had offered to us. We certainly look forward to work with you in the future, too.”

Languages

In addition to tours in English, we can offer tours in the following languages:

  • Chinese Mandarin (summer only)
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • French
  • German
  • Hungarian
  • Italian
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

 

For foreign visitors and students of English, specially trained guides can offer the following levels of English, in line with curricular and grammatical levels:

  • English for Beginners
  • English for Intermediates
  • Advanced English

Group Walking Tour Prices

A Group walking tour for 1 to 19 people for 2 hours with an English speaking guide costs £140.

Tours in other languages cost £150 for 2 hours.

Please note: Entrance fees to the University of Oxford Colleges and other paying buildings are charged in addition and payable on the day.

We limit the group size to a maximum of 19 people for this price as this is the maximum group size that most Colleges will permit plus the tour guide. One or two extra people can often be accommodated per group – please ask for prices per person.

Special Offer! Private Walking Tours of Oxford for Small Groups/Families

Explore Oxford’s history with your own qualified Blue or Green Badge tour guide. Discover the secrets of Oxford in this special 1.5-hour tour especially for families and small groups.

Informative and fun, packed with anecdotes about Oxford characters your tour will be great entertainment for all ages, showing you the parts of Oxford not to be missed.

For 2019, we can offer the special price or £120 for a 1.5-hour private walking tour for 1 to 12 people in English, or £130 in another language. To book call us on 01865 686 442 or email us at officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org.

For More Information and To Book

To discuss your Group requirements, please call the Walking Tour Team on 01865 686 442 or email us on officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org  to let us know:

  • size of your group
  • the date of your visit
  • preferred time
  • what type of tour or combination of tour themes
  • what you would like to see: specific colleges
  • and any special interests
  • which colleges you would like to see (optional and payable on the day to the college)

For our list of Terms and Conditions

Please see this link to our Official Walking Tour BOOKING TERMS & CONDITIONS 2018-19 In brief, payment is kindly requested 5 days ahead of the tour and two week’s notice of cancellation is required. All changes must be made in writing 5 days ahead of the tour.

Payment can be made by card over the phone to us on 01865 686 441. Alternatively, if paying by BACS, please ensure that you state the Tour/Invoice Number as your Reference and send us a copy of the Remittance Advice (as we are unable to send your Tour Confirmation without receiving this).

If paying by cheque, please make cheques payable to Experience Oxfordshire Ltd and put your Tour/Invoice Number  on the back.

College Information:

College entrances are not included in the tour fee as they are optional and payable on the day, directly to the college. Please see a List of College Entrance Fees for guidance.

Please advise us of which colleges if any you would like to include on your tour so that we can inform the guides who will book in advance if necessary.

Information for Groups

See the officially designated Coach Drop off and Pick up points on this map. Please note that to apply for a permit to pick up at any point (other than the designated pick up/ drop off points in Beaumont St and St Aldates) you need to visit the relevant  Oxfordshire County Council webpages.

We can also book a wide range of other services for your group including River Cruises, Cream Teas, Local Castle Tours at Group rates and museum visits (which need to be pre-booked).

To book Group visits to Blenheim Palace at special Group Rates (for 15 people or more) please email us at officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org  or call us for more details.

You can call us on 01865 686 441 for suggestions for what else Groups can do in and around Oxfordshire as well as for information on Group dining opportunities in Oxford and the Oxfordshire Cotswolds.

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BOOKING TERMS AND CONDITIONS

• A booking form needs to be completed to book a tour.
• Your contract for your tour will be with one or more members of the Oxford Guild of Guides.
Experience Oxfordshire Limited acts as agent of members of the Oxford Guild of Guides.
• Experience Oxfordshire Limited will allocate the appropriate number of those members as your guide(s) to conduct your tour and these Terms and Conditions will apply.
• Your booking will be accepted when Experience Oxfordshire Limited has booked your guide(s) and issued an invoice to you for your tour at which point and on which date the contract for your tour shall come into existence.

Payment

Full payment of the invoice must be made at least 5 working days before the tour takes place.
Please quote your invoice number when making payment.
You may pay by one of the following methods:
1. By credit/debit card.
We do not accept American Express or Diners Card.
2. By cheque.
Please send a cheque payable to Experience Oxfordshire Limited for the full amount due with your booking form. Cheques must be in pounds sterling and drawn on a British bank.
3. By bank transfer.
Please note that you will need to cover all the costs. Please ensure you give the Tour/Invoice number as reference and send us a copy of the Remittance Advice for the bank transfer, as without this, we are unable to confirm your tour.

Confirmation of Booking

By completing the booking form, you agree that all written communications with you by Experience Oxfordshire Limited will be made by email to the address specified in your booking form. Bookings will be confirmed by email after payment is received. Receipts will be sent only on request. Agents – please ensure you send a copy of these Terms and Conditions and the booking form to your group leaders.

Cancellation

If a booking is cancelled a cancellation fee of 20% of the total amount of the booking will be charged.
If less than 7 days’ notice is given when cancelling a tour or a guide booked for a tour, or if the group fails to arrive, the total amount of the tour fee will be retained to pay the guide(s).

Changes to bookings

A minimum of 5 working days’ notice in writing must be given for any changes to your tour. For a change of date and/or time a £15 fee will be charged. If on the day of the tour the group size differs from that stated on the booking form and it is more than 19 people per guide, the guide(s) will not take the additional tour delegates.

Late Arrival

A group arriving late for a tour will have that time deducted from their tour. Guides will wait at the meeting point for 45 minutes. They will then wait at the Visitor Information Centre OX1 3AS for a further 1 hour and 15 minutes i.e. until the tour was scheduled to end. No refunds will be given for late arrivals. In case of delay, groups must make every effort to contact the Walking Tours and Groups Team on +44 (0)1865 686 441.

Limitation of Liability

• Except as set out in these Terms and Conditions, all warranties, conditions and other terms implied by statute or common law are, to the fullest extent permitted by law, excluded from this contract.
• Experience Oxfordshire Limited acts as agent for your guide and it shall under no circumstances whatever be liable to you, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, for any loss or damage arising under or in connection with your tour.
• Nothing of this conditions shall limit or exclude liability of Experience Oxfordshire Limited for death or personal injury caused by its negligence.

Complaints

Any complaint about a tour or your guide should be notified to Experience Oxfordshire acting as agent for your guide. Experience Oxfordshire will handle the complaint on behalf of your guide in accordance with its complaint procedures but as Experience Oxfordshire Limited acts only as agent for the guides, it accepts no responsibility for the conduct of your tour.

Foreign Language Tours

Although every effort will be made to find foreign language speaking guides, this may not be possible. The Walking Tour Admin Team will arrange for English speaking guides instead. If you have specified that this is not acceptable the tour will be cancelled.

English Tours for Groups of Foreign Students

Guides can be booked to match the English level of the group: beginners or intermediate.
Please specify the level required in the booking form. We advise a 1.5 hour tour for beginners.