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University of Oxford

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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
$27.93 per adult
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Fantastic
A tremendous tour. Our guide was an extremely knowledgeable and personable student from Exeter College.
Dustin_B, Sep 2021

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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Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath is a tour worth taking.
maryellenlaird, Sep 2021
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
This was a fantastic tour. Our guide, Rowan and our driver, Moe, were exemplary. We learned and saw so much on this tour. It was well worth the cost. We’re also grateful they dropped us off near our underground station since we had done a fair amount of walking in this tour. We highly recommend going to Windsor, Stonehenge and Bath. We did the Bath Tour but in hindsight aren't sure it was worth the extra 19 pounds.
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Uni Tour - best way to be introduced to Oxford
Mark_W, Sep 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Lizzie was an excellent guide and brought her personality to the tour. Exeter was beautiful and a picture of what it must be like to study here. Story of All Souls entrance and intake fascinating - large building for such a small number!
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A couple of hours well spent.
Sue, Aug 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Super couple of hours, really enjoyed learning more about how the University of Oxford works and what it's like to be a student there. Good to go inside the grounds of one of the Colleges and see how the buildings are used. Would recommend this tour for anyone who wants an overview of student life at Oxford and also a brief understanding of some of the history of the landmark buildings.
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Wonderful, informative, extremely interesting.
Ruth_P, Sep 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Absolutely fabulous tour lead by Keira! Very informative and a great way to see Oxford. Keira answered all the questions that were thrown at her and she was so friendly and charismatic, would definitely recommend. Great to have an insight of what it’s like to be a student here too.
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A must when you visit Oxford
Deborah_H, Aug 2021
Oxford Bike Tour with Student Guide
The tour was absolutely fantastic! Not only was it a lovely way to see Oxford, but we learnt so much about the university history, how things are today and life as a student. Our guide was charming and I think adapted his tales to suit the audience he had which made our experience just right for us. Oxford is flat, so riding is easy.
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Amazing guide Kira
PuiLeng_L, Sep 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Our tourguide Kira has done an excellent job in showing us around places in Oxfords Universities. She is such a delight and her storytelling was very compelling and intriguing which makes it easy to follow her narration. Additionall, Kira offered great tips where to go after the tour.
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Highly recommend
Vicky, Sep 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Our guide Hanna was very lovely and professional. Our 2 hours were filled with beautiful architecture, interesting facts about Oxford and its history. Thank you Xx
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Great history tour
mark_s, Sep 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Our guide, sorry can't rember her name was great. The tour was very interesting and informative & we were taken to most of the historical sites in Oxford. Just a shame it wasn't longer. Would definatley reccomend.
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Family friendly Oxford bike tour
Kevin_D, Jul 2021
Oxford Bike Tour with Student Guide
Brilliant morning , very friendly and informative, tour of Oxfords best bits, interesting and quirky facts, thank you!
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Great walking tour
Lynn_F, Sep 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
All of it Trevor was great made you feel part of the tour giving great inroads 2hrs well spent and had nice lunch at Magellan collage that he recomended
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We learnt so much
Joy_H, Sep 2021
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
We had an excellent walking tour with Hannah. She is very knowledgeable and could answer all our questions. It was a gentle walk and my husband managed fine even though he doesn’t have the best of feet.

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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