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Tours of Oxford

Bicycle Tours

Footprints Tours Oxford Bike Tour
Provided By The Number 1 Tour Company in Oxford on TripAdvisor

Why do so many people use bikes in Oxford? This is because they are not stupid, and know it is the best way to travel around Oxford. Oxford University has 38 colleges spread all over the town and getting to see some of the best parts is too much even for us to walk around. The idea behind the Oxford Bike Tour is that we really can show you some of the best parts of Oxford, that you simply can’t see on foot. Plus it’s a lot of fun.

You also get to use the bike, for the whole day!

Oxford is a small pedestrianised city. So travelling around it in a bus, which physically can’t get into the central parts, doesn’t make much sense. On this tour we visit and talk about:

Magdalen College (Oscar Wilde)
Port Meadow (for the definitive guide to Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland)
Eagle and Child (Tolkien)
Oxford University Press
Pitt Rivers Museum
St Johns College (Tony Blair)
University College
The Queens College
Brasenose College (David Cameron)
Hertford College
And lots more!


Bainton Bikes
01865 311610

Offering Bicycle hire and Tours. We have the largest and most varied bikes in Oxfordshire. All bikes are equipped with mudguards, lights and locks, hire includes mechanical support (including any unfortunate punctures). Free delivery and flexible opening times available. Short and Long term hire available.


Cycle Tours Oxford - Oxford’s Original Bicycle Tour Company
07908 670 112

In the Glorious city of Oxford, the bicycle is a tradition almost as famous as the dreaming spires themselves; so come rain or shine, winter or summer, Cycle Tours Oxford provides picturesque, eco-friendly, premium guided vintage cycle tours of Oxford’s rich and fascinating history. We offer the opportunity to explore Oxford in Classic English style, atop 1920’s inspired handmade Pashley English made Britannia bicycles. With thoughtfully planned routes, on cycle paths and through rarely seen backstreets, Cycle Tours Oxford takes you to some of oxfords hidden gems and to places that are best explored and conveniently reached by bicycle. All tour guides have experience of Oxford and are university level educated, which guarantees that you are embarking on an exceptional and worthwhile adventure delivered by the most suitable guides. Included in our main cycle tour: The Inspiring City, are refreshments at the famous Turf Tavern and entry to New College, famous as the location for the Harry Potter films! We also offer Cycle Hire of our Beautiful English Hand made vintage Cycles, so you could soon be riding the streets of Oxford in comfort and style.

Our tours run twice daily on Saturdays at 10.00am and 2.00pm and on Sundays at 10.30 and 3.00pm and from May 12th twice daily, 7 days a week. Meeting outside of Baillol college on Broad street, directly opposite the Tourist Information Centre. Additionally, bespoke, group and corporate excursions and rates are available.Finally, we are also privileged that Oxford is the gateway to the Cotswold's, a place of outstanding natural beauty and we therefore have tours that go beyond the city limits, escaping the hustle and bustle into the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside!


Guided Cycle Tours of Oxford
01296 631671

Guided tours of Oxford – its city and country, run every Saturday morning through the summer months commencing May 1. The tour starts at 10am and lasts around 3 hours. Cycle hire until 4pm is included in the price of £25. Children under 16 go for £15 and must be accompanied by an adult responsible for them. You need to book a place, by phone, email or online - by 5pm on Wednesday.


Oxford Bicycle Tours
Advance Booking only
Tickets £19-£29 Adults. Concessions for groups only. c. 2-3 hours. See Oxford's best views on wheels with mountain bikes or vintage bikes. Follow the Alice in Wonderland story-telling route for a guided tour along Thames river path with an optional pub stop.


Oxon Carts Rickshaw Tours
07747 024600

Cycle rickshaw tours, taxis, weddings and deliveries


The Carter Company
01296 631671

Authentic travels by bike and on foot in and around Oxford. Gentle and not so gentle holidays available from one day upwards - self led or guided. Hand picked accommodation and a very personal service. Classic tours have carefully chosen attractive inns, individual small hotels and private houses with a warm welcome. 4 and 5 star hotels available on luxury tours. We pride ourselves on our unique mostly traffic free routes which have been meticulously researched. Accommodation, luggage transfers, quality hybrid bikes, and full support service is included.


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Bus Tours

CitySightSeeing Oxford
Broad Street (main ticket booth). Prices (as of 2012): 24hr Adult £13.50, 24hr Student £11.50, 24hr Senior £10.00, 24hr Child (5-15) £6.50, 24hr Family £35.00, Under 5's travel free.

The city tour lasts approximately 1 hour and departs every 10/15 minutes in the summer and every 20/30 minutes in the winter (subject to season and traffic conditions). No need to book, just pay the driver or sales staff, your ticket is valid all day and you can get on and off at any of the 19 stops on the tour.

On the tour you will see Magdalen College, The site of William Morris's first workshop, University Science Area, the City Walls, Sheldonian Theatre, Ashmolean Museum, Martyr's Memorial, Christ Church College, River Cherwell, Carfax Tower, Alice's Shop, Radcliffe Infirmary, Bodleian Library, The High, Broad Street and the University Parks.

The tour also stops at various points for visits to University Colleges, Museums, Shops, Restaurants and The Botanic Garden.


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Driving Tours

CS Lewis Tour
01865 874500

A three hour tour guided by a childhood friend of Lewis' stepson, who was a frequent visitor to the Lewis household. Filled with personal anecdotes and stories, the tour takes you to Lewis' former home - "The Kilns", a church Lewis frequented (which has Narnia inspired windows), and other Lewis-related locations. The tour is free, but has a suggested donation that goes towards the "Lewis Awareness Fund."


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Photo Tours

Oxford Photo Tour
08444 639689
See Oxford differently. How would you like to learn to take stunning photographs of Oxford with a professional photographer? This tour will teach you how to take great images, using the best angles of some of the most beautiful Oxford scenes. Get the best out of your camera, whether it's a compact or a Digital SLR. The tour is in small groups, so you can learn to take stunning images by learning the tricks, tips and techniques of the professionals. The tour lasts 2 hours and covers 1-2miles on foot around the main Oxford tourist attractions. Tours are every Saturday at 2pm. Adults £30 - Accompanying guest without a camera £10.


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River Cruises

Oxford River Cruises
No. 1 Folly Bridge, 0845 2269396

Oxford River Cruises offer a variety of public cruises from their moorings at Folly Bridge. The River Experience Cruise lasts just under an hour and runs 5 times a day, subject to availability. The Alice in Wonderland cruise lasts 2.5 hours and follows the route taken by Lewis Carroll and Alice Liddell which provided inspiration for the Alice books. Tickets can be purchased from Oxford tourist information centre, directly from the skipper, or as part of the city sightseeing bus tour. Places are limited. Please proceed down St Aldates and over Folly Bridge on the right hand side of the road (opposite side to the head of the river pub). Moorings are situated on the pontoon at the restaurant No. 1 Folly Bridge.


Salters Steamers
Folly Bridge, 01865 243421

Salters offers river tours, private charters, and jazz cruises, as well as the hiring of punts, rowing boats, and self-drive motor boats.


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Walking Tours

Footprints Tours
Footprints Tours represents a dramatic new approach to Oxford walking tours. Gone is the fear of falling asleep, or slipping into a coma. Our mostly student guides don’t hide behind endless lists of dates, and irrelevant details. We embrace dates and the history of Oxford to bring across the drama, the prestige and the bizarre.

Our 2 Hour Free Oxford Walking Tour covers an in-depth history of Oxford University Colleges, an in-depth history of the city, ceremonies, famous graduates, haunted Oxford, Alice in Wonderland, famous filmings, and more. No reservations required

Our Oxford University Walking Tour goes behind closed doors. Using Oxford University students, this walking tour unearths the drama behind this historic institution with a style unique to Footprints Tours. Booking required!

Harry Potter Tour of Oxford visits the sites used in the filming of Harry Potter, includes a fun quiz with wands! The tour also covers Tolkien, C.S Lewis and other famous Oxford literary figures. Booking in advance is necessary for this very popular tour.

Oxford Pub Tour: Don't know where to find the best Oxford pubs down Oxford's quiet, windy roads? Fancy meeting some fellow travellers, and even some locals? Our Oxford Pub Tour visits the best traditional Oxford pubs around the city centre. These are some of the oldest pubs in England! Throughout history some of Oxford's most famous residents have visited these pubs, and perhaps some of its future, famous students. We give you an insight into how English Ale came to taste so great, and change the world! Please note this tour requires you to book in advance!

Private Tours Want us all to yourself? Understandable. We provide private tours for families and couples, international language schools, universities, commercial organisations. Name the date, time and style.

No1 Tour Company In Oxford on TripAdvisor by a massive distance!imageimage


Bill Spectre’s Oxford Ghost Trail
You are hereby cordially invited to join Bill Spectre on Oxford's only theatrical ghost tour. Illustrated with props and illusions, your costumed guide (who is a professional actor and equity member) will entertain and horrify you through the streets of this most historic city. You may regret not bringing a camera!

The spirits of Oxford are revealed on Friday and Saturday evenings, when we examine the nightmares that lie beneath the dreaming spires of this most edifying city. Join Bill as he lifts the lid on this great seat of learning.

Meet directly outside the gift shop of Oxford Castle Unlocked at 6:30pm every Friday and Saturday night. Or for a shorter trail join directly outside The Visitor Information Centre at 6:50. Trail ends at approx 8:10. For details of extra ghost trails during the summer and private bookings at other times, please check website or call 07941 041811.
£1 off Oxford Castle Unlocked with Ghost Trail Sticker.

Adults £8, Children £4


Blackwell’s Walking Tours
Blackwell’s Christmas Walking Tours with Mulled Wine

Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 11 am. From Tuesday 12th November until Saturday 21st December 2013.

This festive tour will tell you much of Oxford’s Yuletide history. You will hear of the famous Boar’s Head Feast held every year since the 14th century and of all the Christmas literary connections in Oxford. You will also be taken to where Jacob the Jew started his first Coffee House and on to visit the 12th century tavern which William Shakespeare stayed in.

Tickets £9. Ticket price includes a glass of mulled wine, coffee or tea. To book telephone 01865 333602 or email

Blackwell’s Walking Tours depart from the foyer area in the main entrance, past The White Horse Pub. To purchase tickets please go the General desk till point on the ground floor.


Explore Oxford Tours Ltd
Come and ‘Explore Oxford’ with us on your own private tailor-made guided tour. Explore Oxford Tours offers guided walking or coach tours of the beautiful medieval city of Oxford and its famous university. The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English speaking world and has educated 26 British prime ministers, 12 saints, 6 kings, over 30 heads of state of various countries throughout the world and many writers, poets, actors, politicians and scientists. Let our friendly and knowledgeable, professionally trained Blue and Green Badge guides, take you on a journey through Oxford’s history, retracing the steps of some of the University’s famous students. Discover all the quaint cobbled backstreets and college quadrangles and see where Harry Potter and the Golden Compass were filmed and where Alice in Wonderland lived.

Explore Oxford Tours can organise sightseeing tours in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and many other languages. We also specialise in organising sightseeing tours and activities around Oxford for schools and companies or organisations wanting to arrange a corporate event with a difference!

Tour prices:
£85.00 - 1 – 19 people + college entrance fees
£95.00 - 20 – 25 people + college entrance fees
£100 - Foreign language tours (up to 25 people) + college entrance fees

Please visit our website to book a tour or to find out more about our school and corporate events and activities. You can also telephone: 01869 340090 or 07976 246967.


Hidden Oxford
Take a relaxed and informative walking tour of Oxford, arranged at a time and pick-up point to suit you and tailor-made for your individual or group interests. When booked in advance, these tours can include visits to places normally closed to the public. Bookings: (01865) 512650 or through email

Tours include:

The history of Oxford town
The development of the University
Specific college visits
A literary tour (poets, diarists and authors of Oxford)
A science walk ( Botanic Gardens, Royal Society, Science Museum)
A children's authors walk
Children's Clue Trail
The influence of religion on Oxford
Inspector Morse
Art and Architecture in Oxford
River tours to nearby beauty spots
Cotswold tours with antique shopping


MP3 Walking Tour
Download a self-guided tour to play on your MP3 player for only £3. Don't have an MP3 player? Buy a tourist tracks preloaded audio player (£15 + p&p) or order a CD (£8 + p&p).

There are three Oxford walks available, costing £3 each, or they can be downloaded together for just £7.50. Walking time: 1 x 30 mins, 1 x 40 mins, 1 x 50 mins

Highlights of the Medieval City: A 40-minute walk through the ancient city, taking in sights such as the Radcliffe Camera, the Sheldonian Theatre and Merton College;

Christ Church and the River: This walk discovers the delights of Christ Church college, and the beautiful water meadows that surround it. Discover some of the city's best picnic spots!; and

Outside the Medieval City: Find out about the Oxford Martyrs, the Inklings and much more in this 30-minute walk around some of Oxford's grandest streets.


Oxford City Walk
Entertaining, engaging and informative general and personally tailored or specialist sightseeing walking tours of Oxford. For prices visit our website. To book a tour call: 07530 951 320 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

You can read reviews on TripAdvisor via our website.


Oxford on Foot
Your introduction to the city and how this famous university works. Special interest tours include Inspector Morse, Inspector Lewis in Oxford; now also the prequel to the series ‘Endeavour’ with more to come.

I am Danish and a registered Blue Badge guide and I offer tours in English, Danish, German and French.

As for list of further specialist tours, booking information and cost, please visit the website, or contact me via email or phone 01865 556742


Oxford Time Tours
The Oxford Time Tour is a new, family-friendly approach to the traditional walking tour. As well as seeing some of Oxford's most beautiful and historical sites, your ‘time traveller’ guide will tell you about his travels through Oxford's history chronologically, from Saxon origins right up to the present day. And there could be glimpses of Oxford's future as your guide may accidentally let slip a few dates that have not happened yet! This is a lively and fun tour that everyone will enjoy, but that is especially designed for families. Tours last one hour and younger ones can also have a go at a spotting list - can they find the Oxford oddities?!

Prices: £8 adult, £4 children, £18 family ticket - under 5s are free, 10% discount for Oxford residents. Tours usually depart at 11.00am, 1.30pm and 3.00pm and can be booked at or by calling 07877 794793.


Oxford Tours with Blue Badge Guide Chris Lloyd
The poet, Matthew Arnold, described Oxford as “the city of dreaming spires”. This description perfectly captures the essence of this university city and is the magnet which draws visitors from all parts of the world. But how, in a relatively short time, is it possible to discover the ‘feel’ and ambiance of this special place?

Perhaps the best way is on foot in the company of a qualified guide. It’s a city of contrasts – a modern western city founded 1300 years ago and an internationally recognised 800 year old university. These contrasts are emphasised by the buildings. Many of the colleges and historical sites are found down narrow streets and alleyways and are difficult or impossible to reach by car. However, the city is relatively flat and walking not only enables the visitor to admire them but also to soak up the unique atmosphere of this university city.

From Chris Lloyd: "My tours are always tailored to the group and are adjusted to their interests and requirements. The most popular ‘standard’ tour gives an overview, past and present, of the city and university. It lasts approximately 2 hours, the pace is leisurely and only a mile and a half or so of walking is involved. Visits to college chapels and halls, and to important university buildings are included (subject to dates and timings). Other popular tours include ‘Oxford/American Miscellany’, ’Tudor Oxford’, and ‘Oxford and the Wesleys’. These tours include much of the standard tour but also highlight the particular Oxford aspects of the relevant subject. The style varies but most visitors prefer anecdotes and stories rather than scholarly dissertations."

The cost of a standard tour is £85 plus entrance fees. This covers a group of between 1 and 19 people. Groups larger than 19 are charged at £85 plus entrance fees for each group of up to 19 people.

Book the tour via email or by phone: 01235 526030


The Oxford Monocle Literary Tours
The Oxford Monocle Literary Tours is an independently run walking tour company based in central Oxford. We focus on the authors whose Oxford experience has influenced their lives and literature in some way, ultimately finding them fame as their words have inspired and entertained for generations. We also focus on the less well known but equally fascinating authors, and their writings and experiences, which can be regarded as no less important in making up the vast catalogue of Oxford's rich literary history. From summer 2012 we will offer Bespoke tours, specifically created at your request, subject to the authors offered. Please check the Bespoke Tours page for more details, and for more information on planned tours.

Authors Currently Discussed: Lewis Carroll, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Max Beerbohm, Oscar Wilde, Evelyn Waugh, Aldous Huxley, and more. Authors coming soon: W.H. Auden, Stephen Spender, Iris Murdoch, Dorothy Sayers, T. S. Eliot, and more.

Tours are usually held from Wednesday to Saturday unless otherwise stated on Twitter or Facebook - alternatively call or email us to check tour days and times. Look out for our Board on St Mary’s Passage, next to the University Church of St Mary The Virgin - this is our start point.

Prices: Adults - £7.50, Young Adults 11 - 18 - £6.00, Concessions - £5.00. Children under 11 go FREE. Tour Times: 11.00 am, 2.00 pm, 4.00 pm.


The Secrets of Oxford’s Hidden Castle - Oxford Castle Unlocked
Oxford Castle, 01865 260666

For the first time in 1000 years, Oxford's hidden castle will open to the public and its secrets that span 10 centuries will be finally revealed. Visitors will witness real stories of violence, executions, dramatic and even romance episodes as the history of these important buildings, and the people connected to them are brought dramatically to life. Once the haunt of prisoners, kings, sheriffs and even film stars – this site really is extraordinary! For more information, see the official website

* note from the editor - there are steep and narrow steps to climb on this tour, and the mound has steep and pebbly paths.


Tours of the Bodleian Library
Bodleian Library, Broad Street, OX1 3BG Oxford

Welcome! Enter through the Great Gate, into the Old Schools Quadrangle with its monumental Tower of the Five Orders of Architecture. Come and see the Divinity School, a masterpiece of English Gothic architecture and the University’s oldest teaching room. Whether you opt for a self timed visit to the Divinity School or you choose to see the room as part of a multi language audio tour, there’s plenty of time to marvel at the School’s beautiful carved stone ceiling, and to explore the ancient architecture of the external quadrangles.

Behind the Scenes: If you would like to see more, why not take a guided tour, led by one of our professional guides?

• Mini tours - Mini tours allow you to view the most beautiful parts of the library, the Divinity School and Duke Humfrey’s Library, in just 30 minutes.

• Standard tours - 60 Minute tours include a visit to Duke Humfrey’s library, still in use today, where generations of famous scholars have studied through the ages, amongst them 5 kings, 40 Nobel Prize winners, 25 British Prime Ministers and writers including Oscar Wilde, C S Lewis and JRR Tolkien. You will also see the Divinity School and 17th century Convocation House and Court, where Parliament was held in the Civil War.

• Extended tours - If you select a 90 minute extended tour you will see all areas mentioned above plus reading rooms in the architectural icon of Oxford, the Radcliffe Camera, the first rotunda library built in Britain. You will also be shown the hidden tunnels and passages leading to the book stacks, where millions of volumes are shelved.

Children: Thomas Bodley’s History Trail will appeal to younger visitors exploring the ground floor rooms and quadrangles. Children over the age of 11 are welcome to join the guided tours.

For opening times, ticket prices, contact details and directions, see or call the Historic Venues Team at 01235 277224

Read the editor's review of the Extended Tour


Walk of Fame - Unique Oxford Walking Tour
Poet Matthew Arnold wrote of Oxford as ‘that sweet city with her dreaming spires’ and a walk through this historic city – home to the oldest English-speaking university in the world – will show any visitor just why Arnold found it so inspiring. But Oxford is more than just its impressive architecture. In fact, it has been home to a multitude of famous historical figures, contemporary celebrities and, above all, eccentric academics. It was in this ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ where 26 prime ministers, more than 30 international leaders, 47 Nobel Prize winners, and more than 50 Olympic medallists attended university. Oxford is the city of CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien, Lewis Carroll, and other literary greats. And, of course, the University and City have both made famous through playing astarring role in several major motion pictures, including the Harry Potter series.

For the perfect introduction to this fascinating city and her ancient university, we recommend our 90-minute Walk of Fame. You will see most of the major sites in Oxford (all within a relatively compact city centre) whilst being regaled with stories of Oxford’s past and present by a guide who knows it first hand – a student or recent graduate! As the site of important moments in the arts, sciences, film and sport, Oxford has something to interest everyone, and with Oxbridge Tours, we’ll make sure that you see and hear the best of it!

Public Tours last 90 minutes.

The Walk of Fame is also available as a private tour. This is our most popular service, charged at a rate of £45 and valid for 2 people. The Private tour is between you and the guide only, the tour is tailored entirely to you and includes entry to numerous Colleges. If you would like to personalise your tour or have special requirements please contact us via our contact form or call us on +44 (0) 1223 969598 before or after booking online.

Tickets: Adult - £14.00, Child - £9.00, Student - £11.00, Private Tour for Two - £45.00

Book the tour online or by phone: 01865 522570


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