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All Souls College Tours

All Souls College
Set on High Street in the heart of town, graduates-only All Souls College is Oxford’s most elitist institution. Only the university’s best and brightest are invited to sit the entrance exam, and just two are accepted as fellows each year. Fifteenth-century architecture mingles with Hawksmoor and Wren detailings for pure tranquility.

The Basics
There is no charge to visit All Souls College, which is open to guests for just a couple of hours during the day. Many travelers explore on foot, as part of a self-guided walking tour of the key Oxford colleges, but others enjoy the historical expertise and colorful anecdotes a guide can provide—some Oxford walking tours are led by current or former students of the university. Whether you opt for a walking tour or a bicycle tour, check carefully to see whether they enter the college, as many simply pass by.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • All Souls College is a must for history buffs and lovers of architecture.
  • All Souls College is a place of study and reflection, so be mindful about noise.
  • Steep stairs mean there is only limited wheelchair access to All Souls College. Phone ahead or ask your tour provider about access to the library.

How to Get There
All Souls College is located in central Oxford, on the corner of High Street and Catte Street. Almost everyone explores the colleges on foot, or occasionally by bicycle, and it’s often 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. Drivers typically leave their vehicles in park-and-ride zones outside the city.

When to Get There
All Souls College closes at Easter, over the Christmas and New Year period, and for the whole month of August. Outside those times, it’s open to the public in the early afternoons only, excluding Saturdays. As with many Oxford colleges, it can get very busy on Sundays, and throughout June and July; visiting in the May or September shoulder seasons is recommended.

A Short History of All Souls College
Henry Chichele, then Archbishop of Canterbury, established All Souls College in 1438 as a center for prayer and learning. Celebrated fellows over the years include the architect Sir Christopher Wren, whose sundial is on display in the North Quad; T. E. Lawrence, of Lawrence of Arabia fame; and the philosopher Isaiah Berlin.

Address: Oxford, United Kingdom OX1 4AL, England
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Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

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Walk the halls of one of the world’s oldest and most famous universities on this walking tour of Oxford University. Get a glimpse of student life as you peek inside the famous Bodleian Library and see landmarks like the University Church of St. Mary, Radcliffe Camera, and Trinity College. Learn about the prestigious university’s famous alumni, hear fascinating stories and anecdotes about its history, and see on-campus locations used in the Harry Potter films.
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Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from Oxford including Shakespeare's Birthplace

Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Day Trip from Oxford including Shakespeare's Birthplace

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Discover the quintessential charm of the English countryside on a full-day excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds from Oxford. With a knowledgeable guide, travel to Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, to discover the rich historical heritage of the area. Stop at Anne Hathaway’s quaint cottage and then discover a selection of charming villages in the Cotswold’s region. Conclude your day with a comprehensive walking tour of Oxford and marvel at the architectural grandeur of the historical university city.
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  • 9 hours
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'Inspector Morse' Filming Locations Tour in Oxford with Entry to Divinity School

'Inspector Morse' Filming Locations Tour in Oxford with Entry to Divinity School

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Visit filming locations from the British television series 'Inspector Morse,' as well as spin-offs 'Lewis' and 'Endeavour,' on this Oxford walking tour. With a guide, learn about the making of the detective show and visit Oxford University colleges to gain insight into what it might be like to be a student here. End with an invitation to solve a murder mystery at one of Morse's favorite pubs. Entrance fees to university locations are included; drinks are not.
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Oxford Highlights Small Group Tour

Oxford Highlights Small Group Tour

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Explore the university city of Oxford on a tour that showcases its highlights in just a couple of hours. The waking tour introduces you to many of Oxford's famous colleges and university buildings as you stroll around the city with a guide. Get recommendations for things to do and see in the city in your own time, and hear insider tips for Oxford's many restaurants. The experience includes a visit inside one college and either the Divinity School or the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin.
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Uncomfortable Oxford - Alternative Walking Tour

Uncomfortable Oxford - Alternative Walking Tour

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**IN-PERSON TOURS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE** Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have ceased in-person tours until further notice. Check out our online tour instead! This is a walking tour run by students from the University of Oxford. Unlike traditional walking tours - this one is discussion-based and encourages participants to discuss historical structures which have an uncomfortable legacy in the modern environment. The tour is designed to be intellectually stimulating and an important step towards breaking down barriers within the city and university of Oxford. Topics covered include imperialism, inequality, slavery, gender history, violence, and memorialisation.
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Oxford Christian History Tour

Oxford Christian History Tour

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See a different side to popular Oxford during this comprehensive walking tour which provides a great introduction to the city itself, while also emphasizing the city’s Christian legacy and history, something few travelers get to explore in depth. Listen to stories from your guide about the Oxford Martyrs, Queen Mary Tudor, and even Harry Potter, as you pass by significant buildings.
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Spencer’s Tour for Oxford (Private, all proceeds to Oxford charities)

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Spencer’s Tour for Oxford (Private, all proceeds to Oxford charities)

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100% of your booking fee will be donated to two Oxfordshire-based charities, supporting vulnerable individuals facing homelessness and addiction in the city. The city of Oxford is commonly considered as being divided into two groups: the Town (local residents) and the Gown (students of the University). While I am certainly a ‘townie’, both my girlfriend and sister are studying doctorates at the University of Oxford. This gives me a unique perspective on both sides of the community and the city, and I will share it with you in a tour so entertaining and memorable that you will wish you lived here, or your money back! We’ll cover as much as we can in 90 minutes. If you wish to continue the tour, I’m happy to discuss extending it where possible. Please note that entry fees are not included, though they are not necessary for a fantastic tour.
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Costumed Ghost Tour of Oxford with Special Guests

Costumed Ghost Tour of Oxford with Special Guests

A spooky adventure packed with the most chilling and torturous deaths seen anywhere in England. Complete with surprise appearances from a range of vengeful and disgruntled spirits. Bring an open mind, courage and a spare pair of underwear! Venture through the dark alleyways and haunted squares while enjoying mysterious tales of ghosts, horror and sinister happenings. This tour has been designed to bring across the drama of Oxford’s terrifying history with equal attention to making you laugh both nervously and contagiously. Our expertly trained actors will play out before you some of the most barbaric and brutal punishments ever exacted. This tour should not be taken by the faint-hearted as it includes the surprise appearance of multiple wild beasts! Side effects may include sleepless night, potential whiplash and euphoric exultation. Luckily this tour ends next to one of the most historic and famous pubs in Oxford, should you require assistance to regain your spirits.
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The Inklings Oxford Writers Tour

The Inklings Oxford Writers Tour

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Explore the world of ‘The Inklings’—the mid-20th-century writers’ group that included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien—on this private Oxford walk. Rather than researching locations yourself, let a guide show you where the writers worked and relaxed. Visit Exeter College where Tolkien studied; and see Lewis’ Magdalen College and other sights while learning history and literary tales you’d otherwise miss. A choice of departure times gives you flexibility.
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Oxford City and University Walking Tour with Entry to Harry Potter film site

Oxford City and University Walking Tour with Entry to Harry Potter film site

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If you’re interested in Oxford’s rich history, look no further than this walking tour for a comprehensive overview of the historic city. In a small group limited to 15, visit Bodleian Library—home to 'Harry Potter' filming locations—and one other college, and learn about Oxford University alumni such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Plus, receive an ILoveOxford map showing all of the main sites.
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Oxford Combined Cycle Walking Tour- Saturdays Only Minimum 3 persons to book

Oxford Combined Cycle Walking Tour- Saturdays Only Minimum 3 persons to book

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Explore more of Oxford’s University buildings, riverside parks, and picturesque countryside on this small-group half-day bike tour. Admire city landmarks such as the Bodleian Library and Christchurch; cycle along the scenic River Thames Path; and visit local villages such as Iffley, Binsey, and Old Marston.
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Private Oxford Bicycle Tour - available to book daily

Private Oxford Bicycle Tour - available to book daily

COVID19 NOTICE: Currently all university colleges are still closed to the public but you will see & hear lots about the colleges on the tour route. The best way to see Oxford is on a bicycle on this private bicycle tour along the River Thames Path. In fact, bikes are the locals' favourite way to get around the city as the compact Oxford is not very car-friendly. Default start time is 12.00 but you may request any start time from 12.00 until 14.30 start time. The tour lasts for 3-4 hours, including a guided tour plus bike set up time and a refreshments stop. The route covers both the city's sights and stories with a college entrance fee and a relaxing cycle along the River Thames to Iffley or Binsey Village.
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Oxford River Cruise + Walking Tour to Iffley village

Oxford River Cruise + Walking Tour to Iffley village

Fall in love with Oxford by joining a relaxing 20 minute Thames river cruise to Iffley village. Then walk or take the cruise back again Thames path. We'll see the Norman chapel & medieval homes in Iffley village. Special focus on Alice in Wonderland heritage and the Oxford rowing tradition. This tour includes about 1 mile walk at start of tour past famous university sights introduced briefly by the guide. After the cruise ends, we have one hour in Iffley village and then a 3 mile walk along the scenic Thames river path back to Oxford city. For anyone who has mobility walking issues, please let us know when booking as alternatively we could just replace the walk back from Iffley with either a return trip on the river cruise or a taxi back to the city.
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3-Hour Private Tour of Oxford With University Alumni Guide

3-Hour Private Tour of Oxford With University Alumni Guide

Building upon the success of our 2-hour tour, this extended 3-hour version now includes entry into one of the oldest colleges at Oxford University. It also incorporates visiting the world-famous Bodleian Library, one of the best examples of Medieval architecture in Europe, and a Harry Potter film site. As always, this is done uniquely with our Oxford University student guides.
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Oxford In A Day With Student Guide - Christ Church Optional

Oxford In A Day With Student Guide - Christ Church Optional

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See Oxford in one day with this small group, sight-packed, full-day tour with an authentic Oxford student to give you the inside scoop, along with the little known facts and locations off the beaten path! See inside the oldest Colleges in Oxford, including the largest in Oxford - complete with its own deer park. Break for a pub lunch, before entering the most historic part of England's most iconic library, which makes a regular appearance in Hollywood films. For entrance into a famous Harry Potter college, upgrade to include a ticket for Christ Church.
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Social Distancing Specialised Oxford University Walking Tour With Student Guides

Social Distancing Specialised Oxford University Walking Tour With Student Guides

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Designed to see the best of Oxford in a safe environment with the smallest group sizing we have ever done. With this specialised tour we take important measure to protect your health, and those around you. All our Oxford University student guides wear medical masks. In addition to this, group sizing is inline with Social Distancing Rules (currently 5 people per group). Furthermore, all guides must submit their temperature before providing the tour. This tour has all the most famous sites in Oxford, with our unique guides providing a fun and entertaining insight into one of the most important cities in the world. See the world-famous sites such as the Bodleian Library and Christ Church – both of which were Harry Potter film sites! Get the inside story on Oxford ceremonies, student life, college rivalries and much, much more!
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Spencer's Early Morning Tour of Oxford (Private)

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Spencer's Early Morning Tour of Oxford (Private)

Are you an early bird? Do you like to explore new places early in the morning, before the mob have had their breakfast? Well, this is the tour for you. For this private tour, we'll meet at 07:30 and have the city entirely to ourselves. The city of Oxford is commonly considered as being divided into two groups: the Town (local residents) and the Gown (students of the University). While I am certainly a ‘townie’, both my girlfriend and sister are studying doctorates at the University of Oxford. This gives me a unique perspective on both sides of the community and the city, and I will share it with you in a tour so entertaining and memorable that you will wish you lived here - or your money back! We’ll cover as much as we can in 90 minutes. If you wish to continue the tour, I’m happy to discuss extending it where possible. Please note that entry fees are not included, though they are not necessary for a fantastic tour.
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