4.5 star rating: Recommended 26 Reviews

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

City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Experience one of the world’s greatest university cities on this hop-on hop-off Oxford bus tour. With a 24- or 48-hour pass, design a personalized itinerary with 20 possible stops including the University of Oxford buildings (some featured in the Harry Potter films), Oxford Castle and Boolean Library, one of the world’s oldest public libraries! Enjoy unobstructed views from the open-top viewing deck and fun onboard commentary as you savor this elegant city.


Highlights

  • 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

City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

Discover Oxford's top attractions with a hop-on hop-off bus ticket

With your 24- or 48-hour ticket, see the best of the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ by bus, with onboard audio commentary offering fascinating snippets of local history. Hop aboard the bus at any of the route’s 20 stops (full itinerary listed below) and enjoy the flexibility of choosing your own itinerary, pace and tour duration. 

Grab a comfortable seat in either the indoor or open-air seating section and take in the sights along the 1-hour route. Feel free to stay on for the entire 1-hour loop, or hop off at any stop to see one of Oxford’s historical or cultural landmarks — another bus will be along in 15-30 minutes (depending on the season). 

Visit Oxford Castle for a stunning city view from St. George’s tower or a tour of the 900-year-old underground crypt (admission not included). Continue to Christ Church College at Oxford University to marvel at the magnificent architecture, learn about some distinguished former students — such as Lewis Carroll — and to view settings from popular films including The Golden Compass and the Harry Potter series.

Next pay a visit to the Sheldonian Theatre, Sir Christopher Wren’s masterpiece of architectural design completed in 1668. View the restored interior paintings and panoramic views from the prominent cupola. Take advantage of the lofty vantage point to choose your next stop. Perhaps stroll through University Park, or get a little shopping done at the Westgate Shopping Centre or the Oxford Covered Market (a must-do during the holiday season!). 

Between stops, explore the city’s local color and soak up the rich character of this celebrated hub of global education. To end your tour, disembark at any stop along the route, any time you like. Easy!

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Itinerary

Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Stops
  • 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

Customer Reviews

Mandy

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

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.

Alison A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

It was plain and simply super and we thoroughly enjoyed it and learned a lot about Oxford's colleges history.

Sharon C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

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

Pat C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2015

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.

Karen P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

As always, the City Tour did not disappoint. Most enjoyable!

Veronica P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

This tour was amazing!

Elspeth S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

very informative - guides obviously had tremendous local knowledge

Susanne Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Worth doing. Gets all the interesting stops organised as was close to our accomodation. Only complaint the stop were a bit hard to find.

BOB B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

Very friendly and very informative

Thomas J United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

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)

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