1.5-hour Oxford University and Colleges Walking Tour

Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Walking Tour of Oxford University and City

From $24.84

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Oxford University is one of the world’s most famous universities and this 90-minute walking tour takes you behind the scenes of its historic colleges. Follow in the footsteps of alumni such as Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, and J.R.R. Tolkien; admire architectural landmarks such as Trinity College, New College and the Radcliffe Camera; and peek inside the colleges, chapels, and halls.
  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Led by a local guide
  • All entrance fees included

What's Included

  • Local guide
  • All entrance fees included
  • Food and drinks
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Trinity College (University of Oxford)
    Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BH, UK

    The tour begins outside the blue gates of Trinity College, which are on Broad Street, opposite Turl Street.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Oxford Walking Tours

Admission Ticket Free

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Up to a mile (1½km) of walking is involved in total
  • Dress suitably for the weather
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Wheelchair accessibility: some parts of the tour may involve stairs where, due to the age of the buildings, there is no wheelchair access. There are also some uneven surfaces and curbs. If assistance is required, passenger must provide their own carer
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Anonymous, Jul 2023
We chose this tour because we had a tight schedule, yet we wanted to visit inside a few of the colleges and learn a bit of their history. The description said we'd visit "some of the oldest colleges," but Simon only took us into one (Balliol- which, to be fair, was beautiful). We stood on the street outside others, and he pointed to them, describing what they'd look like if we were to visit them on our own later. (Some of them didn't open until noon but the tour was to last until 12:30, which should allow for one more.) This tour was advertised as covering the cost of entry to what we assumed would be two or three colleges, so for one it seemed a poor value. We did walk into the courtyard of the Bodleian, where he pointed to the academic doors, and we visited the lobby of the Weston library, where he pointed out the bathrooms. The most disappointing feature was that the tour guide struck us (and others on the tour) as painfully out-of-date in referring to race or religious groups. My teens were amazed, and not in a good way.
University tour of Oxford
AnnnMarie_W, Apr 2023
A very good introduction to Oxford and the universities. We were able to see inside two of the Universities and their grounds which were beautiful. There was a lot of interesting history and it was given to us in a friendly and knowledgeable way by Daisy, our tour guide
Great experience!
Cassandra_L, Dec 2022
Wonderful tour! Very informative and fun! Tour guide was friendly and helpful. Dress in layers as it is cold outside! Thank you!
TV shows came to life,...
Wendy_S, Dec 2022
TV shows came to life, 1st class tour. Tour guide certainly knew his history, answered all our questions
Excellent way to see Oxford
June_M, Aug 2022
Interesting tour with a guide with a sense of humour and a wealth of information. Excellent way to see and learn about the city and colleges.
Beat guided tour ever
Emma_M, Jul 2022
magnus' anecdotes were really appreciated, we had a great guide and he was able to answer all our questions!
Delightful experience
Abhirupa_B, Jul 2022
Despite it being a warm day, Simon was a wonderful guide as he shared interesting insights about the history of various Oxford colleges and buildings. He also shared places which could help beat the rush and sun! We got to se the New College Chapel and Cloisters which is a must visit for any Harry Potter fan. Definitely worth a go!
Great tour !!
Michael_B, Jul 2022
The young guide (Kamil) was absolutely brilliant and gave us just the amount of information we needed - no overload !! He was very polite and knowledgable and we felt very relaxed - the tour involved just the 4 of us - all in our mid 60’s !!
A better taste of Oxford
Yvonne_G, Jun 2022
Listening about the history, anecdotes and relevant stories. The guide was knowledgeable and accommodating. He answered questions well and patiently.
Not to be missed if you visit Oxford
Alison_H, Jun 2022
The private room in the original Blackwell bookshop accompanied by the stories of Tolkien and Lewis, Balliol college grounds and dining hall , beautiful stunning architecture at every turn with the history attached to it. Upbeat and amusing guide
Fantastic tour!
Debbie_L, Jun 2022
Our guide was extremely knowledgeable and personable. The time flew by! It was great to see so many of the colleges and get an insider's insight.
Great experience
Jane_T, Apr 2022
Our guide Simon was lovely, friendly and very knowledgeable. Really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. Perfect birthday treat
Really interesting and informative
Suzanne_W, Apr 2022
Really interesting and informative tour with Andrew, luckily we escaped the rain! Enjoyed the tour very much
Stephen_V, Apr 2022
Excellent group leader who was informative and entertaining. Very good walking experience to see some of the finest buildings in the country.
Great tour of Balliol College
Teresa_G, Mar 2022
Our guide Tom, was funny and informative. He bought the history to life, with his interesting stories. A very enjoyable tour.
Amazing Edward
Catherine_S, Mar 2022
Our guide Edward was excellent, very informative and helpful. Thoroughly to be recommended. Thank you Edward.
Knowledgeable guide who pointed out the little details
Raymond_N, Jan 2022
Magnus was an excellent guide who really brought the history of the colleges alive. He pointed out little details that we would definitely have missed if we had wandered around on our own.
Oxford Walking Tour
Cheryl_P, Jan 2022
Edward was an excellent tour guide. He was interesting and informative, and we thoroughly enjoyed our tour of Oxford
Great Tour of Oxford
Richard_F, Jan 2022
The history and info about the buildings brought the place alive. Gave me a new appreciate of some of Britain's greatest Great tour guide!
Great trip
janet_D, Dec 2021
Very knowledgable guide, explained the Oxford college system well, also interesting alumini information

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