Simply Oxford University Tour


Simply Oxford University Tour

Walking Tours of Oxford is delighted to offer this ‘Simply Oxford’ small group walking tour to experience the very best of Oxford. Restricted to just 12 people per tour (and often smaller), we believe this is the best way to explore, understand and see Oxford rather than a large group.

Meet you your fully qualified guide at Christ Church memorial gardens on St Aldates for a 2-hour tour through the university, visit inside a college (*subject to availability), hear the story of how it all began, see stunning buildings and admire the architecture.

Highlights include:-
College or university building entry* (subject to availability), The Bodleian Library; The Weston Library, The Old Schools Quadrangle and The Radcliffe Camera, The Clarendon Building, The Museum to the History of Science, The Sheldonian Theatre, The Bridge of Sighs, The University Church, All Souls College, Brasenose College plus many other secrets and surprises along the way. Ideal for families, individuals, couples or anyone that wants to get the very best from their time in Oxford.

The tour will finish on or around Broad Street where recommendations will be made for lunch, shopping, further sightseeing and additional colleges you may like to visit.

Simply the best but don’t take our word for it – read over 1000 5 star review on TripAdvisor.

Limited availability left in 2019, tours available on 10th, 23rd, 27th July and on the 10th August (further dates to be released).
£16 per person (+ booking fee)

Heidi guiding

“A must for any visitor to Oxford”

My husband and I booked this tour online as we wanted to make the most of our trip to Oxford. We met at the arranged meeting place, which was well explained in the confirmation email and our tour guide, Edward met us on time. Luckily for us we were the only people booked on the tour so we effectively had our own personal guide. Edward was extremely knowledgeable and astounded us with his interesting facts and dates. As we meandered through the streets Edward would answer any questions we asked with interest. The 2 hours just flew by. We were so pleased we did this tour. It was extremely interesting and we saw a lot of sights that we wouldn’t have seen if we had done our own thing or even got the bus tour. I would highly recommend this experience.

Simply Oxford University + Christ Church Tour

Meet your qualified green (or blue) badge guide at Christ Church memorial gardens on St Aldates. Each of our guides has undergone an intensive training course and are members of The Institute of Tourist Guiding.

We will visit inside Christ Church* (unlike most other tours who simply view from the outside).  Christ Church has a deep and interesting history and is probably our most famous college, not least because of its connections with the Harry Potter films and its iconic dining hall.

From here we meander through cobbled streets and quaint alleyways to the heart of Oxford University and pass such sights as University Church, Radcliffe Camera, Old Schools Quadrangle and The Bridge of Sighs. During the two hour tour, your guide will explain the history of Oxford from its humble beginnings to the world class university which we know today. The tour will finish on or around Broad Street where recommendations will be made for lunch, shopping, further sightseeing and additional colleges you may like to visit.

Only two dates left for 2019 – Thursday 12th September and Thursday 3rd October. For other days – please see ‘Simply Oxford University Tour’ which does not visit Christ Church but starts there for an overview about the college and then we suggest an independent visit in the afternoon.

Morse/ Lewis/ Endeavour tour

Join others on this 2-hour Morse/Lewis/Endeavour tour around Oxford and discover some of the many filming sites and stories.

This tour operates on a Thursday and Saturday at 2pm all year, plus Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday at 2pm in mid-season plus Monday and Saturday at 11.30am in peak season from Martyrs Memorial on St Giles and includes entrance to one college (subject to opening hours / availability*). Our guides have witnessed the filming and even met the cast!

These tours are often fully booked weeks in advance so book early to experience the best!

£17 per person + booking fee

Walking Tours of Oxford Guides – Elizabeth, Leigh and Heidi with Abigail Thaw (Dorothea Frazil from Endeavour) at Colin Dexter’s memorial service 2018 #choosequalified

Additional information

Our tour costs are clear and transparent, we do not charge additionally for college entrance fees or ask you to pay on the day.

Your guides are fully qualified and hold the green badge accreditation,

Whilst this is a group tour, each one is unique and the best route will be chosen on the day. We do not follow a script.

Tours numbers are small and limited.

* Oxford University is first and foremost a working institution and we will adhere to college rules and regulations. This can mean that sometimes there will be closures and these are beyond our control but every effort will be made to advise you of closures prior to the tour. Degree days can often be challenging and an up to date list can be found here:-