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University of Oxford

University of Oxford

University Offices 1 Wellington Square, Oxford, England

The Basics

To get a handle on Oxford’s colorful history, it’s well worth discovering Oxford University with a guide, whether on an Oxford walking tour, an Oxford cycling tour, or aHarry Potter tour. Most find the city merits a full day, but time-pressed travelers may prefer to bundle Oxford into a combo tour. Some popular Oxford University tour packages include Oxford, the Cotswolds, and Stratford-upon-Avon; Oxford, Windsor Castle, and Stonehenge; and, of course, Oxford and Cambridge.

Rather than having a single unified campus, the University of Oxford is made up of a wealth of different colleges and buildings scattered around the city. While many individual entities, such as Christ Church College and the Bodleian Library, charge for admission, there’s no charge for exploring the city or to look at the architecture. Many travelers choose to experience the university simply by wandering around downtown Oxford.

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Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
$30.74 per adult
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Excellent tour with Fred!
Lovely tour with Fred, who is an excellent guide. He is a compelling storyteller and gave us not only the necessary history, but also plenty of entertaining anecdotes concerning the university as well. Job very well done.
Britni_K, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Oxford

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Fabulous experience 10/10
Catherine_W, Jun 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
The trip was very well organised. Our guide Simon was very friendly, very knowledgeable and managed the whole trip very professionally. John the bus driver was a very competent driver and we felt safe with him at the wheel. Thank you for a very enjoyable day. The tour made it easy for us to see sights without the added stress of getting ourselves there. The coach was very clean and comfortable.
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Great experience!
Darlene_K, Mar 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
Your moderator Very knowledgeable and interesting. Helped insure safety of group and told us of importance of being on time .
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Quick Fun Trip
Stacy_H, Feb 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
Leslie, our tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. The bus was clean and comfortable and the tourist attractions very interesting. It would have been nice to spend more time at Windsor Castle, but with the time/travel constrains I’m not sure that is possible. Evans Tours were helpful and easy to communicate with.
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Lovely day
Kathleen_F, Jul 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
Many things closed but the guide was charming and knowledgeable. The bus was beautiful and the rain held off
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Amazing architecture
Mark_H, Jul 2022
Private Oxford Walking Tour for the Discerning Traveler
Our guide Chris was an expert in the history of architecture. He gave interesting information about the amazing architecture at Oxford University. He had stories to tell about the famous Inklings (JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis). He was able to get us into one of the colleges (All Souls College), which had a beautiful chapel dating back to the 15th century. This tour is recommended for those interested in the architecture of Oxford.
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Guide James was excellent...
Tahzeen_K, Jun 2022
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Guide James was excellent and spoke very well when explaining things. However, the itinerary should include few more items such as head statue of Deans and visit to auditorium where degree convocations are held.
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Excellent tour and guide
Michael_Z, Jun 2022
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Jamie was a very informative and entertaining tour guide. We would highly recommend this tour for anyone wanting to learn about the history of the university and some of its buildings.
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Oxford knowledge
Carol_T, Jun 2022
Private Oxford Walking Tour for the Discerning Traveler
Chris is extremely knowledgeable and generous with his time. We learnt so much. Oxford is a fascinating city.
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Wonderful
Johanne_H, Jun 2022
Morse, Lewis, Endeavour and Oxford
Wonderful. Sandra our guide was so knowledgeable about all things Oxford. It really is the perfect way to see Oxford. Many thanks 😊
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Amazing experience....
MARIA_P, Jun 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
Amazing experience. Patricia was a very knowledgeable and fabulous tour guide. I will definitely use Viator again.
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Fact filled Oxford colleges walk
JulieWood, Jun 2022
Shared | Oxford University & City Walking Tour Led By University Alumni
Very knowledgeable with interesting and quirky facts thrown in. Small area to walk with cobbled streets too.
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Very interesting and informative
Mark_O, Jun 2022
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Great guide, Anna, who was knowledgeable, approachable and friendly. Anna dealt with all the questions she got really well adding a good insight into university life
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The University of Oxford is a must for history buffs, architecture lovers, and photographers.

  • Students are usually in the city for just three 8-week terms, or less than half the year.

  • Wear comfortable shoes, as you’ll be on your feet a lot.

  • Avoid peering through windows, wandering into stairwells, etc. The colleges are institutions where students and their teachers live and work.

  • Oxford is a flat city, and the University of Oxford has reasonably good disabled access, but check provisions at each individual college or institution when planning your visit.

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How to Get There

The University of Oxford is scattered around Oxford, with its epicenter at the heart of the city. Drivers will likely need to leave their vehicle in a park-and-ride outside the city, so it’s generally easiest to arrive by bus or train. Most London trains start from Paddington, while the popular Oxford Tube coach service stops at Shepherd’s Bush, Notting Hill Gate, Marble Arch, and Victoria.

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Trip ideas

Exploring the Oxford University Colleges

Exploring the Oxford University Colleges


When to Get There

Access to colleges, libraries, theaters, and the like is typically easiest outside of the University of Oxford’s three terms, which run from early October to early December, mid-January to early March, and late April to mid-June. While it’s nice to see the gardens and meadows in bloom, try to avoid visiting Oxford during the European tourist peak of late June, July, and August. September can be a good time to visit.

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What to See at Oxford University

The University of Oxford is home to some stunning works of architecture. Christ Church College, a setting for manyHarry Potter scenes, is ever-popular; the Bodleian Library, which opened in 1602, is a landmark; the Bridge of Sighs, a century-old skyway, is an Instagram essential; and the Sheldonian Theatre, designed by Sir Christopher Wren, is a signature.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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