Two university lecturers and friends, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, wrote some of the most popular books of the 20th century. Share the environment in which they studied, lived and spent their leisure time in their beloved Oxford. First and last dates in 2014 for this tour 1st February & 22nd November 2014
Civil War Tour
Oxford in the Civil War was at the centre of the national stage, with King Charles making his Headquarters at Christ Church. Ramparts enclosed the city, college silver was melted down to make coins and Oxford became a garrison rather than a university town. Join this tour to hear more about life in Oxford during the Civil War.
Symbols, emblems, motifs, animals and demons cling to the roofs and walls of buildings in Oxford. Medieval and modern stonemasons used imagination and humour in creating a wealth of amazing stone carvings. Let our guide highlight the inventiveness and delights to be seen. Bring your binoculars! First and last dates in 2014 for this tour 11th May & 11th October 2014
Jewish Heritage Tour
Walk around what was once the medieval Jewish Quarter and learn about Jewish life in the city and significant events before the expulsion of 1290. Come up to date with the story of the Jewish population since the 17th century re-admission and remarkable facts about the Jewish contribution to Oxford University in the 20th century.
Over the centuries many famous writers: poets, novelists, critics and children’s authors have studied or lived in Oxford. Explore this rich heritage with one of our knowledgeable guides. First and last dates in 2014 for this tour 30th March & 28th September 2014
An alternative tour of Oxford to find out about secret societies, alchemists, martyrs, traitors, rogues and criminals. Discover too, one of the world’s largest collections of amulets, talismans and magical items. First and last dates in 2014 for this tour 29th June & 31th October 2014
Medieval Oxford Tour NEW
In medieval times, Oxford was a walled town, with most of the population engaged in trading and markets. It was also an emerging centre of learning where bloody confrontations between Town and Gown took place. On this tour your guide will bring the medieval town alive!
Oxford Children’s Stories Tour
Explore the Oxford of Alice and the Dodo, Lyra & Will, Prince Caspian & Aslan, characters created by well-known Oxford authors in Alice in Wonderland, His Dark Materials trilogy (filmed asThe Golden Compass) and The Chronicles of Narnia . Delight in the make-believe, as you discover places which inspired Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis and Philip Pullman amongst others.
Oxford is one of Britain’s busiest and most instantly recognisable film and TV drama locations. See the backdrop for historical re-creations and literary adaptations from fantasies to thrillers. Hear of the links with some of the biggest names in cinematic history.
When the war began in 1914, hundreds of young men immediately signed up. Undergraduate numbers dropped dramatically and the city received an influx of refugees and wounded soldiers. Women took over traditional male roles in the running of the city and transport, while dons switched from academic studies to research into aiding the war effort. Join this tour to hear about life in Oxford during the war years.
Tour the locations where memorable Harry Potter scenes were inspired and shot and enter the magical wizarding world yourself.
Religion in Oxford Tour
Join this tour to learn how religion and faith shaped the early University. Follow in the footsteps of the martyrs, the founders of Methodism, the Oxford Movement, and Oxford’s recent saints.
Science at Oxford Tour
Take a fascinating tour about the study of science at Oxford. By the 14th century Oxford was famous for the work of Bacon and Grosseteste and for developments in mathematics and astronomy. The 17th century saw Harvey, Boyle, Hooke and Halley make their ground-breaking discoveries. In the 20th century, it was the penicillin scientists under Professor Florey who made the greatest impact. Find out about Oxford’s role at the leading edge of science right up to the 21st century.
Stained Glass Tour
The city of Oxford has some of the finest stained glass in the UK. Almost every style and period of English glass-painting is represented, from medieval to modern including particularly beautiful 17th century windows and a wealth of 19th century glass by William Morris and Co. Enjoy the oppor tunity of seeing some fascinating craftsmanship. Bring your binoculars!
Tudor Oxford Tour
The Tudor period roughly coincided with the great change in church life known as the Reformation. Walk and hear history in the making in Oxford, from Henry VIII's dissolution of the monasteries, Queen Mary's persecution of Protestants for their faith, to Queen Elizabeth I's encouragement of University revival.
When Alice met Harry Tour
Alice in Wonderland was inspired by Alice Liddell. She spent her early years in Oxford, and her friendship with Charles Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll, led to the writing of the two Alice books. Another favourite, Harry Potter, appeared here when some of his film scenes were shot in Oxford locations. Join this tour to explore their worlds of wonder and wizardry.
William Morris & Victorian Oxford Tour
The Pre-Raphaelites were closely connected with Oxford. Edward Burne-Jones and Morris studied here, and together with Holman Hunt they left the city with some outstanding artistic works. Join a tour with emphasis on this delightful period of Victorian art.
This is our most popular introductory tour, taken by the majority of visitors. the guide will lead you through the heart of the historic city centre illustrating the history of Oxford and its University and describing the architecture and traditions of its most famous buildings and institutions.
These tours depart daily except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day
This tour is also available in French, German or Spanish on selected dates during the year.
The 10.45am and 2pm tour may include a visit to the Divinity School (except on a Saturday). The tickets of the University and City Tour with Divinity School are made available on a Friday for the week ahead.
Follow in the footsteps of the city's celebrated TV detective and his successor, Lewis, created by oxford author Colin Dexter. Visit the scenes of their best-known cases with lots of lively anecdotes along the way.
This tour departs at 13:30 every Saturday, with additional tours every Monday and Friday between March and September.
Look out for the Special Inspector Morse Tours with the option to take tea at Oriel College at the end of the tour! Additional fee applies, ensure you purchase the appropriate ticket in advance.
Fun in Oxford for all the family! Take part in this informal tour and share in a light-hearted look at the surprises and delights Oxford has to offer children and adults alike.
This tour departs at 1:30pm during the English school holidays.