Public Group Tours

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR THE HIGHEST QUALITY TOUR AND A SMALL GROUP EXPERIENCE THAT ALLOWS A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND INTERACTION WITH THE GUIDE THEN THESE TOURS ARE FOR YOU.

Simply Oxford University Tour

Walking Tours of Oxford is delighted to offer this ‘Simply Oxford’ group walking tour to experience the very best of Oxford. On this tour, we restrict group size to just 10 people and we believe this gives a far superior quality of tour and allows interaction with your guide.

Tour starts at  2pm and will operate February-October on a Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday (additional days added to meet demand – click book now for full availability). Tour length is 1 hour and 45 mins.  Subject to availability, we will visit inside a college or university building.

Meet your fully qualified guide at Christ Church memorial gardens on St Aldates for a journey through the university, hear the story of how it all began, see stunning buildings and admire the architecture.

Highlights include:-
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/dinner, shopping, further sightseeing and additional colleges you may like to visit.

This tour is not suitable for wheelchairs or limited mobility. Please get in touch to discuss a private tour. We cannot accept dogs on our public tours.

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

£29 per person + booking fee

Heidi guiding

“A must for any visitor to Oxford”

Fun, friendly and informative, we would definitely recommend this tour.
We had a great tour with Heidi, who was very informative and knowledgeable about Oxford and make our walk both fun and interesting. Heidi made us feel as if we were walking with a knowledgeable friend, and it was a fun few hours.
We would definitely do this again. Feefo. September 2020.

Morse/ Lewis/ Endeavour tour

Join others on this 1 hour and 45 mins Morse/Lewis/Endeavour tour around Oxford and discover some of the many filming sites and stories.

This tour operates on a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 2pm in peak season (usually March until October). During the quieter winter months, please see schedule on BOOK NOW button. The tour starts from Martyrs Memorial on St Giles.

Many of 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!

£19 per person + booking fee

*NEW FOR 2022*

Morse / Lewis / Endeavour and Oxford VIP tour on selected Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1.45pm for 2-hours with college entry (subject to availability). Other days may be added to meet demand – please click on the BOOK NOW button to see all dates.

– Exclusive tour only available on website
– Audio headsets to hear guide at all times
– College/university building entry (subject to availability)
– Small group – numbers restricted to 14 per guide
– Signed copy at end of tour of Morse, Lewis, Endeavour and Oxford by author and owner Heidi Boon Rickard. One book per couple. If you would like two books then please select the ‘one adult’ price x 2.

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

Oxford Authors Tour

Due to popular demand … we are delighted to introduce a group public ‘Authors of Oxford’ Tours on selected Wednesdays.

The tour will start at 1.30pm from (outside) The Eagle and Child pub on St Giles. This pub has long had associations with The Inklings – the writers group of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien so is a great place for lunch or a drink before joining the tour (currently closed).

As with all our tours, the route and content will vary slightly on a weekly basis. This is because each guide is different and we adapt to closures or events taking place in Oxford. However, we will pass (from the outside) many of the colleges, pubs and locations associated with not only CS Lewis and Tolkien but other writers who have lived and studied here.

On this tour you will travel to Narnia, journey through Middle Earth, see what it is like to go down the Rabbit Hole and discover Lyra’s Oxford.

Many of these works have of course been adapted for the screen.  In 2018 Sky TV launched the series ‘Discovery of Witches’ written by Deborah Harkness, with Oxford as a backdrop and 2019 saw the release of the movie ‘Tolkien’ as well as BBC adaptation of ‘His Dark Materials’. In 2020 they have been filming for a new movie about CS Lewis ‘The Most Reluctant Convert’.

The tour finish near to Magdalen college where you may wish to explore independently (not included in tour cost).  They have a lovely coffee shop overlooking the river for refreshments or perhaps you might like to try punting on the River Cherwell which is located right there and we would be happy to arrange.

Cost: £25.00 per person (all tickets)

Additional information

Our tour costs are clear and transparent.

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

We are the highest rated tour company in Oxford – No. 1 on TripAdvisor and hold the ‘gold standard’ award from Feefo.

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 much smaller then other tours in Oxford which allows for a more personalised tour rather than just being part of a large group and a scripted tour.