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Tour of Oxford Highlights

England's Must-See City
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  • 3 Hours
  • Private tour for groups up to 8
  • Perfect for children
  • Fun quiz available
  • Avoid long lines with pre-purchased tickets
  • Certified Blue Badge Guide

Join us for this 3-hour Oxford guided tour. This is England’s must-see city, home for over 800 years to both Royalty and Scholars.

Your private Blue Badge Guide will lead you on an unforgettable journey around one of the 38 colleges that make up Oxford University. You can marvel at the amazing architecture, learn what it’s like to study here, and discover the most famous alumni. 

We will then wind our way through the city learning about the foundation of the University, as well as more modern history in the shape of Harry Potter. Your guide is full of facts and stories to engage and entertain you during the tour, making for a terrific experience.

Start Your Oxford Day Tour at Carfax Tower

Starting right in the centre of Oxford at Carfax Tower, this is the only remaining structure of St Martin’s church. The tower is just over 23m/74ft high and it’s a point of reference for architects, as no building is allowed to be taller than this. Look for the quarter boys and listen to them hammering into the bells every 15 minutes. Carfax is an unusual name, let your guide explain what it actually means.

Walking down Saint Aldate Street, you will pass many shops and the Town Hall before arriving at Tom Tower. This is a great chance to look into the Tom Quad of Christ Church College.

Admire the structure built by famous architect Christopher Wren in the late Gothic style, even though at that point it was many centuries out of date. Find out who or what Great Tom is, as well as the difference between Oxford time and Greenwich time.

Learn About Alice in Wonderland in Oxford

If you like shopping, now’s your chance to grab some souvenirs in the fantastic Alice in Wonderland shop. It occupies the same spot where Alice Liddell, inspiration for the famous C S Lewis character Alice, used to buy sweets as a child.

Let’s not abandon Alice just yet…your guide will tell the hidden story about this world-famous character, her creator Lewis Carrol is one of many famous alumni of Christ Church College. This is our first example of a college, it’s also the largest with some impressive royal connections. 

Fans of Harry Potter will recognise the dining hall. See if you can spot where JK Rowling might have taken her inspiration. We will explore the quads, the dining hall, and the Cathedral of this spectacular College.

Continuing Your Highlights Tour of Oxford

Next, we pass another of Oxford’s 38 Colleges: Merton. Staking a claim as one of the oldest, it is also one of the smallest. Don’t let the size fool you though: this prestigious institution was once home to famous Nobel Laureates TS Eliot and JRR Tolkien.

Heading back towards the busier part of Oxford, we snake through narrow lanes towards a magnificent view of St Mary’s University Church. Let’s wander through the church, soaking up the atmosphere as your guide explains how this church formed the very beginning of Oxford University. 

Our next stop is the Radcliffe Camera. This impressive building dominates Radcliffe Square. Featured in all guide books and on many postcards, it is perhaps one of the most iconic sights in Oxford.

Today it serves as a reading room for the Bodleian Library, home to hundreds of thousands of books. Where do they all fit, you might wonder. Your guide will explain where they are hidden.

We have one more college en route, this time with a very unusual name. Find out the history of the name Brasenose College and its meaning from your guide.

More on the Bodleian Library & Beyond

In a University town like Oxford, you are surrounded by sources of knowledge, but this is perhaps the most impressive. Remember the reading room we saw earlier? Well, over the years, the Bodleian Library expanded and, today, you will find various library buildings around the city. But this is the original.

It is open only to its members, who must sign a formal declaration on the first admission. It serves mainly as a reference library and members are not allowed to remove books. This rule was even upheld in the 17th century when King Charles I wanted to borrow a book!

Next up, we’ll visit the Divinity School. Look up and admire the beautiful vaulted ceiling. In the past it was home to the study of theology, these days it’s used in a ceremonial role.

This is where the students don their gowns and get ready before they cross the yard to The Sheldonian Theatre for their graduation ceremony.

We now make our way to look at the Bridge of Sighs, named after its famous counterpart in Venice. It forms part of Hereford College, famous as one of the first colleges to accept women as students.

Wrapping Up Our Oxford Guided Tours

We’ll head to the beautiful, classical Sheldonian Theatre next. This is the second building we visit designed by Christopher Wren and it’s also where students celebrate the start and the end of their academic life with matriculations and graduations.

Once inside you can admire the spectacular painted ceiling offering the illusion of an open sky.

We have spent our Oxford tour surrounded by beautiful architecture, listened to stories of various colleges, and we learnt about famous alumni. We will finish here at the Weston Library to give you an idea of how the University works and looks today. 

Your guide will happily direct you to gift shops, restaurants, and other sites which you may like to visit.

Our guided tour of Oxford covers all the main sites in the city centre. It includes a visit to one college. We have chosen Christchurch, however from time to time there are last-minute closures for events and we will adjust the itinerary. Your guide will confirm the itinerary at the start of the tour, aiming to give you the best possible experience on the day.

Oxford Highlights Tour

  • Christchurch College
  • Radcliffe Camera
  • Sheldonian Theatre
  • University Church of St Mary the Virgin
  • Bodleian Library

Pricing

Price starts from £359 for your private guided tour and entrance to a college for 1 Adult

 

Departure Point

Carfax Tower 

Queen St, Oxford OX1 1ET

 

Departure Time

Mon – Sun 9:30am, 2:00pm

Directions

Your Guide will meet you outside Carfax Tower. Your Guide will be holding a sign showing the lead customer name.

Why should you book a tour with our Blue Badge Guides?

  • All of our Guides are Blue Badge holders, this is Britain’s highest professional tourist-guiding qualification, they are the only external guides able to show you around the most famous attractions.
  • Blue Badge guides are carefully selected for an intensive 2 year course culminating in an extensive series of exams in all aspects of History, Art, Architecture, Contemporary Britain and much more
  • Your time on holiday is precious, let our expert team make it memorable for all the right reasons
  • We pride ourselves on being able to tailor tours to your interest, our guides strive to bring your tour to life, making it enjoyable for all ages

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sknipfel
sknipfel
2020-01-04
Fantastic! Marina was superb. I took this tour with my husband and three sons (20,18.17). Loved that we had a small group and could ask questions. Note this tours doesn't include skip the line tickets. We ended up seeing the crown jewels at the end of the day to avoid the ridiculously long line.
kimberlyk615G
kimberlyk615G
2020-01-03
Best Tour of London Tower Denisa gave us an amazing tour of London Tower. She was knowledgeable and provided a wonderfully historical tour, holding the attention of a 14 and 15 year old. Denisa is top notch. Try and secure her when you book any tour! Loved hearing about the history of the ravens and, of course, the palace intrigue.
shannonsmoyer
shannonsmoyer
2019-07-24
Great Tour! Sarah was amazing and gave us a great introduction to York! We only had a few days to spend there and this was a wonderful way to make a list of the places we wanted to visit. Highly recommend!
E C
E C
2019-07-07
Private tour Our tour guide Marina was wonderful! She did a great job keeping our 13 year olds engaged the whole time. We all learned a lot and had a great afternoon!
C C
C C
2019-03-31
Wonderful Tour! Kids learned so much! I have never had a tour in a museum before, but wow. I will definitely do it again! Our guide explained the history and folklore behind the paintings. It was like a friend taking you to her favorite places. Our children age 9 and 11 were able to remember what paintings we saw and why they were important. 10/10 would definitely recommend!
gigibites
gigibites
2019-03-31
LOVE Denisa! We had a group with 6 kids and she was absolutely incredible! Very informative and extremely engaging with the children! We did a trip to Paris with a “children specialist” tour and she was just as good if not better!! It felt like we were hanging out with a local friend from the first minute we met her. We recommend her highly and we hope to book again with her in the future!
87joyk
87joyk
2019-03-27
Private walking tour of London and private tour of Tower of London Our family of four took two tours on two different days with Denisa. We took a walking tour of London as well as a tour of the Tower of London. We found her to be extremely friendly and knowledgeable. She had a wealth of information about everything that she showed us. She even knew smal details like the names of the ravens at the Tower! We would highly recommend any tour with Denisa!
M G
M G
2016-08-08
Wonderful walk around... We had a great day with Denisa - we are a family with two relatively small children and we saw a lot of this wonderful city (Westminster, St. Pauls, Tower etc.). Everything was well prepared and with all this specific knowledge it is much easier to get around - very quick and to the point. Denisa knows a lot of the background and she made it very targeted to the kids. She gave us a few great tips on restaurants and other things to see by ourselves. Very recommendable !
Romingscots
Romingscots
2016-08-01
Brilliant London Visit Living at the other end of the country we don't visit too often, or know London very well, but Denisa made lots of very useful and practical suggestions and made sure that we fitted in everything that we were looking for. Her knowledge of the City is excellent, whether it is of the tourist haunts, the historical areas or shopping and eating. She even helped direct us to a great area to stay when visiting the City, which was handy for everything we wanted to do. On top of all that the 2 hour tour we did with her showed us St Paul's and beyond, including the Tower, an area we hadn't really seen before. Lots of information and a good pace with a friendly and very flexible approach. We would not hesitate in recommending her for anyone else visiting London, whether they think they know where they would like to go, or have no idea and we will be booking Denisa again for future visits. First class.
chrism12345342
chrism12345342
2016-08-01
Tour of London I booked a tour with Denisa for my partner and I on a short trip to London. It is clear that she really knows a lot about many different historical and cultural aspects of the city. We spent 2 hours in the National Gallery looking at a number of paintings and were given a comprehensive tour of the highlights. Denisa also gave us a walking tour round some of the sights of the city. She was more than happy to adapt her tour to our interests and the small amount of time we had. Would highly recommend her for your trip to London.