- Discover Oxford and its highlights with a City Sightseeing hop-on hop-off bus tour
- See the best of the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ at your own pace with a 24- or 48-hour ticket
- Pass by must-see city sights including Oxford Castle and Christ Church College
- Set your own sightseeing schedule, hopping on and off at any of the 20 stops
- Sit on the open-air, top deck and soak up 360-degree views of the honey-stoned university city
- Listen to the onboard audio commentary to learn about the historical city
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What You Can Expect
With your 24- or 48-hour ticket, choose to stay on the bus for the entire loop, or hop on and off at any of the stops to explore the city’s sights. See the Itinerary for a list of stops. As you travel, plug into the informative audio commentary and admire the timeworn, honey-colored buildings.
Perhaps hop off at the New Road stop to visit Oxford Castle. Learn how the medieval Norman castle was mostly destroyed during the English Civil War, with the remaining buildings then being transformed in to a prison.
After, maybe stop at Christ Church College, one of the largest colleges in the University of Oxford. Admire its grand façade then, if it’s open to the public at your time of visiting, head inside to discover its fascinating history. Learn about the many distinguished people who have studied here — including Albert Einstein and Lewis Carroll — and see the Great Hall, which has been featured in several of the Harry Potter movies.
Next, perhaps visit Sheldonian Theatre, which was designed by Sir Christopher Wren in the 17th century. This historical venue serves as the university’s official ceremonial hall, but it is open to the public when not in use. Choose to visit independently or join in with a guided tour, then head inside to explore the main theater. Gaze up at the majestic ceiling that was painted during the reign of King Charles II. Then, explore the attic before taking in 360-degree panoramic views of Oxford from the Cupola.
The full loop lasts around one hour, and buses arrive at each stop every 15, 20 or 30 minutes, depending on the season.
- Oxford Railway Station
- Park End Street
- Gloucester Green Bus Station
- New Road
- Westgate Shopping Centre
- Speedwell Street
- Pembroke College, Christ Church College and St. Aldates
- Brasenose College
- The Queen’s College
- The Plain
- St Cross Road
- Sheldonian Theatre
- Trinity College
- Parks Road
- Banbury Road
- Woodstock Road
- Brown’s Restaurant
- Magdalen Street East
- Randolph Hotel
Tour took about an hour. Takes you around all the key spots and gives short commentary which then allows you to go back and see the spots you want in lots more detail.
It was plain and simply super and we thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot about Oxford's colleges history.
Best thing to do. Gave us a better knowledge of the history and architecture and set us up for what we wNted to explore in detail. However, don't get your tickets from yjis site. They were more expensive than buying them on the bus and they have not responded to an email we sent 6 days ago
The tour was very interesting, the talk was informative, and covered everything that we wanted to learn and more. hopping on and off was very easy.
As always, the City Tour did not disappoint. Most enjoyable!
This tour was amazing!
very informative - guides obviously had tremendous local knowledge
Worth doing. Gets all the interesting stops organised as was close to our accomodation. Only complaint the stop were a bit hard to find.
Very friendly and very informative
We have been on several of these city tours in cities across the world and this one is by far the best. There are 2 colours of bus, try to catch the green one, it will have a live guide rather than the recorded commentary which is on the red bus. (this is also very good)