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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
$27.71 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Oxford college tour
Trevor’s tour of Oxford brought the rich history of the city to life with many facts, characters and stories. Fun and engaging for all ages - would highly recommend!
Martin_H, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Oxford

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The best guided tour and worth every penny
Neil_B, Aug 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Lewis (the guide) was brilliant, so informative and entertaining. Totally worth it. The venues weren’t fully available because of COVID19 restrictions but it didn’t matter so much, Lewis’s stories and knowledge more than made up for it. Not a single thing to complain about.
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Seeing college buildings...
Steven_W, Jan 2022
Distanced | Oxford University & City Walking Tour Led By University Alumni
Seeing college buildings and talking to a post graduate student guide Discussing Rhodes statue controversy
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First time in Oxford
Joseph_K, Jan 2022
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Personable and experienced local guide Alex. Everything excellent except we think better if all guides wear face masks and require tour members to wear face masks as big groups.
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Stonehenge was the best, ...
CHIHANG_T, Dec 2021
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
Stonehenge was the best, Oxford was a bit boring and nothing much to do there. Not enough time offered for us to explore Windsor Castle slowly.
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Mel and Barry were great!...
Ronny_V, Dec 2021
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
Mel and Barry were great! Mel managed to keep us entertained while being respectful of our time, he also made us feel secure
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Wonderful experiences
Melodi_K, Dec 2021
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
Stonehenge was the highlight of the experience. Our guide Mel was great (and funny!) The only downside to this tour was the time allotted for each site. We did not have nearly enough time to look at everything and have time to eat, too.
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Highly recommended 🙆
YingCui_W, Dec 2021
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
My initial booking for Windsor Stonehenge and Oxford got cancelled and I got shifted to this one instead. I got to see the change of guard at Windsor, sheep at Stonehenge 😍 and enjoyed my time in Bath. The Tour Guide was super friendly and knowledgeable about London.
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Oxford Irish ☘️
Robert_R, Jan 2022
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
We were a group from Ireland and this was window into the important part that Oxford has in history of religion. Mary was a brilliant guide and great fun.
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See above
Cliff_H, Dec 2021
'Inspector Morse,' 'Lewis,' and 'Endeavour' Walking Tour of Oxford
Liked it all but no particular favourite. Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Heidi was extremely knowledgeable about the whole Dexter/ Morse canon
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Archie
Cath_P, Nov 2021
Distanced | Oxford University & City Walking Tour Led By University Alumni
Archie was an amazing tour guide… Lots of facts littered with anecdotal stories which made the whole tour really enjoyable.
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The atmosphere of Oxford
Jean_K, Jan 2022
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
2nd January 2022 The walk comprehends an overview of the colleges, together with interesting stories that project you in the Oxford's atmosphere. Our tour guide (Patrick) has been amazing: he was able to walk us through the main venues and entarteined us with his great capacity of communication and with some pleasant jokes. Again a big thank to Patrick for the great experience. Jean and Sarah
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Highly recommended! Wonderful tour!
Melanie_K, Nov 2021
Small Group Cotswolds Villages, Stratford and Oxford Day Tour from London
Andy was excellent- very knowledgeable, personable and pleasant! We say everything I wanted to see and more and it was a very pleasant ride. The van was very comfortable and there were only 3 of us in the trip! Very mush enjoyed it and will take another tour from this company next time I'm in London!

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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