University of Oxford Tours

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The University of Oxford, located in Oxford, England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and the second oldest surviving university in the world. It is not known what the exact date of its foundation is, but there is evidence of the university's existence dating back to at least 1096. In 1209, due to disputes, some academics split from Oxford and formed the University of Cambridge nearby. Oxford is made up of 38 constituent colleges, and the university buildings and facilities are spread throughout the city center. The university operates the world's largest university press and the largest academic library in the United Kingdom. 

There is also a 70 acre parks area and the oldest botanical gardens in the United Kingdom. The university operates several museums covering topics such as art, music, science, history, and archaeology.  Many well known people have been educated at Oxford including Margaret Thatcher, Tony Blair, David Cameron, Bill Clinton, Stephen Hawking, Oscar Wilde, Hugh Grant, Michael Palin, and Kate Beckinsale. Parts of Oxford were also used in the filming of the Harry Potter movies.

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The University of Oxford is located in the town of Oxford, England, 59 miles from London. It can be reached using route M40 and A40 or by using the Oxford Tube from Notting Hill Gate. Check with specific museums and libraries for opening hours and fees. Certain colleges charge a fee for tours. 
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Oxford University Walking Tour

Walk the halls of one of the world’s oldest and most famous universities on a 2-hour walking tour of Oxford University. Get a glimpse of student life as you peek inside the famous Bodleian Library and see landmarks like the University Church of St Mary, the Bridge of Sighs and Trinity College. Learn about the prestigious university’s famous alumni, hear fascinating stories and anecdotes about its history, and see on-campus locations used in the Harry Potter films.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$19.21 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Harry Potter Filming Locations Tour in Oxford

Calling all fans of the world’s favorite wizard, this 2-hour Oxford walking tour takes you to recognizable locations of the Harry Potter films. During this family-friendly tour, you’ll explore the grand buildings of Oxford University, including New College and Divinity School — both featured as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Learn of other literary legends that attended Oxford University and admire the Bodleian Library, home to more than 11 million books. This small-group tour is limited to 15 Harry Potter fans to maintain an intimate atmosphere. If you prefer choose the private tour of New College with just your party and guide. 
  • Duration: 90 to 120 mins
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$25.62 USD
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  • Duration: 90 to 120 mins
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Private Walking Tour of Oxford for the Discerning Traveler

Get the inside scoop on Oxford's storied history on this private walking tour. Through your dedicated guide's informative narration, learn about the evolution of the university and all the achievements that have taken place there. Enjoy a flexible itinerary, personalized attention and plenty of time to ask questions, since this is a private tour for just you and your party.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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Private Oxford Walking Tour

Explore Oxford as you wish with your own guide on this 2-hour private walking tour. Meet your guide in the heart of the history-steeped city and hear about its famous past and university as you explore the cobbled streets and squares. Use the flexible itinerary to tailor your sightseeing around your interests, visiting highlights such as the Bodleian Library, Christ Church College, and other landmarks as you please. Entrance fees at own expense.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$102.50 USD
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'Inspector Morse' Filming Locations Tour in Oxford with College Visits

Visit filming locations from the British television series 'Inspector Morse,' as well as spin-offs 'Lewis' and 'Endeavour,' on this 2-hour Oxford walking tour. With a guide, you'll learn about the making of the detective show and visit Oxford University colleges to gain insight into what it might be like to be a student here. End with an invitation to solve a murder mystery at one of Morse's favorite pubs. Entrance fees to university locations are included; drinks are not.
  • Duration: 1 hour 45 minutes
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Private Harry Potter Filming Locations Tour in Oxford

See two of the three Hogwarts filming locations in Oxford (access permitting) on this 2-hour private Harry Potter tour. With a guide, you'll visit New College and the Divinity School at the Bodleian Library. Ponder how studying at Oxford University compares to being a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and learn a bit about Oxford's history as your guide tailors the tour to the interests of everyone in your group.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$160.18 USD
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Walking and Biking Tour of Oxford

Discover Oxford’s highlights on foot and two wheels on this 3-hour walking and bicycle tour. Set out by foot to visit the Bodleian Library, Christ Church, and other colleges as you learn about their history and former luminaries. Then, ride a bike to see the Radcliffe Camera, Magdalen College, places linked to Oxford’s literary heritage, and other sights. Includes entrance fees and bike usage for the rest of the day post-tour.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$51.26 USD
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Christmas Lunch in the Cotswolds

Enjoy an enchanting countryside Christmas with this Christmas Day trip to the Cotswolds from London, including a delicious festive lunch. On Christmas morning, take a panoramic tour of London’s top landmarks, such as Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, and see the beautiful university buildings of Oxford. Continue through the honey-stone villages of the rolling Cotswolds and enjoy a scrumptious Christmas lunch of turkey and Christmas pudding at a traditional English pub, complete with a log fire. Finally, visit Stratford-upon Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare on route back to London.
  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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$143.52 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
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Oxford, Stratford and the Cotswold Villages Day Trip from London

Escape the city for a sojourn in the British countryside on this full-day tour of Oxford, Stratford and the Cotswold Villages from London. Visit the birthplace of William Shakespeare and Ann Hathaway’s cottage in Stratford-Upon- Avon, then drive through the idyllic Cotswolds, stopping to snap photos of the thatched-roof cottages and historic villages along the way. Finally, enjoy a walking tour of Oxford and discover the ‘City of Dreaming Spires,’ home to the oldest university in the English-speaking world.
  • Duration: 1 day
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  • Duration: 1 day
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Boxing Day Tour to Warwick Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon, The Cotswolds and Oxford

Boxing Day is the day after Christmas when Brits visit loved ones, tuck into leftover turkey, and hit the stores in search of Boxing Day sale bargains. Steer clear of the shoppers and swap London’s city sights for the beauty of rural England on this full-day trip. Step back into the Middle Ages at Warwick Castle, enjoy a guided tour of the honey-hued city of Oxford, and see the birthplace of William Shakespeare and stop for lunch in Stratford-upon-Avon.
  • Duration: 9 hours
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$108.92 USD
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  • Duration: 9 hours
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Oxford, Windsor and Stonehenge Tour from London

Combine three popular attractions on one convenient day tour of Oxford, Windsor and Stonehenge from London. First up is the magnificent royal residence of Windsor Castle, where you can admire the lavish State Rooms and walk the historic ramparts. Next, be awed by the towering monument of Stonehenge, which dates back to 2000 BC, but remains shrouded in mystery. Finally, enjoy a guided walking tour of Oxford and see the world-renowned university colleges, where notable alumni include Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde and Stephen Hawking.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$126.86 USD
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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London To Oxford, Stonehenge and Bath - Small Groups by Oxford University Alumni

Don’t let limited time in London stop you exploring further afield. Tick off top attractions, including Stonehenge, Bath, and Oxford, with ease on a small-group tour led by Oxford University alumni. As well as receiving personalized attention in an intimate group limited to eight, you’ll travel between each sight in climate-controlled comfort and benefit from the first-hand knowledge of your guide throughout the tour.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$140.94 USD
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Cambridge and Oxford Historic Colleges of Britain Day Trip

Keen to visit Oxford or Cambridge? Then explore both age-old university cities in in one day on this illuminating trip from London. With an expert guide, take a walking tour around the historical colleges of Oxford, famous as the ‘city of dreaming spires.’ Admire hushed courtyards and showpieces including the Bodleian Library, and hear about past scholars such as Bill Clinton. Continue to the university city of Cambridge on the Cam River and take a stroll around its finest college buildings, including the splendid King’s College and Bridge of Sighs.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$121.73 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Oxford and Cambridge Tour from London

Follow in the footsteps of the greats on this full-day tour of England’s most famous university cities – Oxford and Cambridge. Admire the celebrated ‘Dreaming Spires’ of Oxford and visit the Bodleian Library and Christ Church College, where alumni include Lewis Carroll, Bill Clinton and David Cameron, and the Great Hall was used as a filming location for the Harry Potter movies. Next, journey to prestigious Cambridge, where past students include Sir Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking and Sylvia Plath, and architectural highlights include the Cavendish Laboratory, King’s College Chapel and the Cambridge University Library.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds Tour from London with Spanish-Speaking Guide

Leave London behind and see three of England’s highlight destinations on this full-day coach tour. Traveling with a Spanish-speaking guide, you’ll first visit Oxford, home to one of the world’s oldest and best-regarded universities. Go for a stroll and visit one of Oxford’s colleges. Then, travel through the Cotswolds—a region known for its picture-perfect English scenery—and arrive in Stratford-upon-Avon, where you’ll admire the Tudor–era architecture and learn about famous former resident William Shakespeare.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$107.64 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Oxford and Cambridge Day Trip from London

Don’t let limited time in London stop you visiting Oxford and Cambridge, home to England’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Explore both historic cities on a full-day tour from London, ideal for travelers short on time. On a walking tour of Oxford, you’ll see the University of Oxford and its colleges before heading to Cambridge to climb the tower at Great St. Mary’s Church and enjoy free time.
  • Duration: 1 day
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$73.04 USD
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Oxford Bike Tour Including Full-Day Bike Hire

Explore Oxford’s historic town center and ivy-strewn university buildings on this 2-hour bike tour. Cycle through the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ alongside a guide, and learn about the city’s history as you take in University of Oxford buildings where the likes of Oscar Wilde, J. R. R. Tolkien and several British prime ministers have studied. You’ll also visit pubs, green spaces and other locations steeped in history. This bike tour allows you to cover more ground than you would on a walking tour, as well as access pedestrianized areas inaccessible to tour buses.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$32.02 USD
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Oxford Walking Tour Including Christ Church College

Walk through the heart of Oxford and visit the university's Christ Church College with a guide. The short walking tour includes a stroll through Oxford’s historic streets and stops by landmarks such as the University Church and the Bridge of Sighs. If access is permitted to Christ Church College on the day of your tour, you’ll then step inside the famous site to learn about its rich history and links to the Harry Potter films.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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$35.24 USD
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  • Duration: 2 hours
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Festive Lunch in Shakespeare England with Oxford and the Cotswolds

Make your Christmas Eve one to remember with this day trip from London into the beautiful English countryside. Discover the charming market town of Stratford-upon-Avon, where William Shakespeare was born and then journey through the Cotswolds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, before enjoying a guided tour of Oxford and its famous university buildings. You'll also enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch with wine at Shakespeare's daughters form home.
  • Duration: 10 hours
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$117.89 USD
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  • Duration: 10 hours
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Oxford, Windsor and Eton

Pair a morning in Windsor and Eton with an afternoon in Oxford, and learn about the history-rich towns and cities from a guide. An ideal day trip if you want to go beyond the sights of Brighton but still be back in time for dinner, the excursion includes coach transport, a prime spot to view the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Windsor Castle, and guided tours of the city of Oxford and its eminent university.
  • Duration: 11 hours
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$57.66 USD
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  • Duration: 11 hours
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Oxford Family-Friendly Activities Half-Day Tour

Visiting Oxford as a family but short on time? If so, this family-friendly tour captures the essence of the city, packing top sights and activities into a half-day. Join a Thames River cruise or cycle along the riverbanks, enjoy an ‘Alice in Wonderland’-themed picnic lunch or afternoon tea, take a walking tour oriented to children, and visit Christchurch College, a backdrop for many Harry Potter movies. Includes entrance fees and choice of departure times.
  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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$128.14 USD
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  • Duration: 4 to 5 hrs
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