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Oxford Tours from London

By Viator, July 2015

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There are few places more quintessentially and unashamedly English than Oxford, a city so picturesque that even its nickname, "The City of Dreaming Spires," sounds lifted from a classic romance novel. With its medieval skyline of church spires, cobbled streets snaking through the town center and stately gardens adding a touch of greenery, this is a city that perfectly blends old English charm with modern shopping streets, a cutting-edge arts scene and a buzzing nightlife. A mere 55 miles from London and just an hour train ride away, Oxford is a popular day trip for those looking to escape the hectic pace of the capital.

Perhaps the most famous landmark of Oxford is its world-renowned university, the oldest in the English-speaking world dating back to 1096, with an alumni list that reads like a roll-call of history’s most notable literary, science and political figures – Lewis Carroll, C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, Tony Blair, Margaret Thatcher and even Albert Einstein have all walked the halls at some point. The 38 colleges and numerous museums, libraries and parks that make up the university are some of the city’s great delights. Highlights include the Gothic Bodleian Library, the Ashmolean Museum (founded in 1683, making it the oldest in the UK), the Sheldonian Theater (designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1664) and Christ Church College, home to Oxford’s Cathedral. Harry Potter fans will be keen to note that this was the film location for the now legendary Great Hall at Hogwarts.

The famous wizard isn’t the only character to bring Oxford’s architecture to the big screen; the city has a rich history with the arts and has provided film locations in recent years for James Bond, The Oxford Murders and The Golden Compass. Literary buffs can join a literary tour, taking in the sights and locations that inspired classics like The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, Alice in Wonderland, The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the Inspector Morse series.

Once you’re tired of marveling at the architecture and craning your neck to admire the many spires and arches, there’s plenty of entertainment on offer. Stroll around shopping streets, take a rest at a cafe or restaurant, or wander around the exquisite botanic gardens, the oldest of their kind in Britain, dating back to 1621. If there in the summer months, you could even try your hand at punting (small boats propelled along with a pole) along the Cherwell River, or head to the Oxford Castle Quarters to catch one of the many Shakespeare performances.

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Oxford, the Cotswolds and Stratford-upon-Avon Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Tour Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds and Oxford in one day, on this leisurely paced excursion with an expert guide. After departing Oxford by comfortable ...  Read more

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $189.22

City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 21 Reviews

Discover the beautiful city of Oxford with a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour. An easy and convenient way to travel between sights, your ticket offers ...  Read more

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 24 or 48 hours

From USD $20.67

Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-on-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London

4.5 star rating: Recommended 812 Reviews

Visit Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and medieval Warwick Castle on this action-packed, full-day trip from London. From the comfort of a first-class, luxury ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $133.57

Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford Custom Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 682 Reviews

Experience three of England’s trophy sights on this full-day trip to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge and Oxford from London. Travel by air-conditioned coach to ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $85.86

2-Day Best of Southern England from Oxford: Stonehenge, Windsor and Bath Including 'Downton Abbey' Filming Sites

Visit Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Bath, Oxford and the Cotswolds, plus 'Downton Abbey' TV filming locations on an action-packed 2-day tour from Oxford. With a ...  Read more

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $380.03

Oxford Chocolate Walking Tour

Take time out in Oxford to discover the city’s finest chocolatiers, confectioners and cafes on a 2.5-hour walking tour. With a sweet-toothed local guide, ...  Read more

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $47.70

Private Day Tour of Stonehenge: Including Oxford and Windsor Castle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 16 Reviews

Enjoy exclusive access to the inner stone circle at Stonehenge on a this day tour from London, and choose from a sunset or sunrise viewing. Most visitors to ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $173.32

Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip

4 star rating: Recommended 55 Reviews

Begin the day traveling across the Chiltern Hills to Oxford, the "City of Dreaming Spires", whose hushed courtyards and elegant, dignified timeworn ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $133.57

2-Day Cotswolds, Bath and Oxford Small-Group Tour from London

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 66 Reviews

Escape London for two days on a small-group overnight tour to the Cotswolds, Bath and Oxford. Visit small, beautiful towns where it seems as if time has stood ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $227.38

Downton Abbey and Oxford Tour from London Including Highclere Castle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 117 Reviews

See top filming locations from the award-winning ‘Downton Abbey’ television series on a full-day tour from London! After touring Oxford, enjoy a walking tour ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $205.12

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