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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
$30.67 per adult
Traveler Favorite
A great tour with an excellent guide
This was an excellent tour of some of the colleges. Our tour guide Cat was well-prepared and, thanks to her rich knowledge and lively presentation style, boredom never arose. She was very nice and always ready to answer any further questions. One of the best tour guides I have ever experienced.
Peter_K, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Oxford

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Worth it!
Sue_D, Jul 2022
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
Carol our tour guide on the bus was fantastic and knowledgeable! Clean shuttle bus and easy ride. The tour at Highclere Castle was missing a tour guide and history. We had to ask questions of the attendants vs them informing us of the story of the house. The gardens were stunning and there's a cafe to have tea and scones!
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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.
star-5
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.
star-5
A great tour with an excellent guide
Peter_K, Aug 2022
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
This was an excellent tour of some of the colleges. Our tour guide Cat was well-prepared and, thanks to her rich knowledge and lively presentation style, boredom never arose. She was very nice and always ready to answer any further questions. One of the best tour guides I have ever experienced.
star-5
Highly recommend this...
SueShelley_N, Aug 2022
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
Highly recommend this tour. James, our guide, and Andrea, our driver, we’re very knowledgeable and come highly recommended. Only issue was I wish we had had more time in Oxford and Highclere Castle to explore independently.
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Don’t miss
Mary_T, Aug 2022
Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
Megan was very knowledgeable, energetic and fun. She’s a very recent grad so really knew what she was talking about. We loved this tour.
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Excellent team
william_w, Aug 2022
Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
Comfortable bus Excellent skilled driver Guide was enthusiastic, knowledgeable & a pleasure to be around!
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Great tour!
Vera_J, Aug 2022
Shared | Oxford University Tour With Optional Christ Church Entry Led By Alumni
Our guide was wonderful and personable! So much history in the city!! It was all so beautiful and I enjoyed it thoroughly!
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Andy and his English Bus
Jerry_B, Aug 2022
Small Group Cotswolds Villages, Stratford and Oxford Day Tour from London
Our tour guide Andy was an inexhaustible source of entertainment and information about London, describing history of the West End at 9AM, through the day exploring Stratford on Avon, the Cotswolds, and Oxford, and returning about 12 hours later still sharing vital bits of culture and history--he was amazing!
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We thoroughly enjoyed...
Molly_M, Aug 2022
Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle
We thoroughly enjoyed this tour experience! It was a good balance of getting to hear local history and see fascinating sites at Oxford, while also getting to experience the Downton Abbey filming locations and Highclere. We felt there was ample time at each location to explore, shop, and relax without feeling too rushed. Our guide was very knowledgable. It is a big group so that's important to keep in mind if you want a more private or bespoke experience, but in general, we would recommend!
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Good insight view to Oxford university
Stephanie_S, Aug 2022
Shared | Oxford University Tour With Optional Christ Church Entry Led By Alumni
Good essential tour of Oxfords colleges. Nice insight explanation of the unique university system of Oxford. Full of historic information and funny references. Very enjoyable.
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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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