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Oxford City and University Walking Tour with College Visits

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(Price varies by group size)
2 travellers
Includes entry to college/s & into the Divinity School Harry Potter film site (as & when this site is open). Your guide will pay the cost of the £2 entry fee to Divinity School (as & when, it is open).

Daily tour at 12.30 year round. We sometimes might offer an additional 10.30 or a 2.30 or 4.30 tour in high season but usually we only offer tours at other times for private group bookings.

See Oxford and England's history will be brought alive on this unique small-group guided walking tour of the city and university traditions. See inside colleges with any chargeable entrance fees included in your tour. The 90 to 120-minute long tour will feature storytelling about student life, college traditions, Henry VIII, Bloody Mary, CS Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien and even Harry Potter!

Small groups average numbers outside high season 1-4 persons only. Please note dates below under section of any dates when entry to colleges is more limited due to open days, Xmas, graduations.
You'll start at
Oxford Visitor Information Centre
15-16 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UKMeet your guide wearing red lanyard and/or Hogwarts gown OUTSIDE Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15 Broad Street, OX1 3AS UK
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  • 1
    St John's College
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 2
    Wadham College
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 3
    Exeter College
    Stop: 15 minutes -
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  • 4
    Balliol College
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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  • 5
    Bodleian Library
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by Bridge of Sighs
    Pass by Radcliffe Camera
    Pass by University Church of St. Mary the Virgin
You'll return to the starting point
  • Discover Oxford city center, colleges, and landmarks with a guide
  • Learn about the city’s history as you visit sights like the Bodleian Library
  • Receive personalized attention in a small group of no more than 15
  • Get an ILoveOxford map of top Oxford landmarks
What to Expect
Greet your guide and small group in central Oxford. Listen to tales of Oxford history and student life as you walk. Note that the exact itinerary may vary depending on your group’s interests and the time of year. Pass Oxford city center sights including the Bodleian Library, the Radcliffe Camera, and the Bridge of Sights, and peek inside one or two colleges such as St. John's, Wadham, Exeter, or Balliol.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK
1h 25m
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Your guide will give you a complementary ILoveOxford map, showing you of all the main sights.
  • Entry/Admission - Balliol College
  • Entry/Admission - Bodleian Library
  • Please note which colleges or university venues we visit will vary and will depend on the day but please note that we do NOT visit inside Christchurch (as it costs up to £10 per person & has long queues)
  • Please note that as the university colleges are private institutions, we can't always guarantee entry to colleges but it is very rare that we cannot get entry into at least 1 or 2 colleges on the tour.
  • Divinity school can close without any advance notice given, so we cannot always promise entry to this venue. Please note that Divinity school is closed on any graduation dates & few colleges are open on such dates below:
  • Published Divinity school closures 2020 include the following university graduation dates:
  • Jan 18, Feb 29, May 2+9, July 18, July 28+31, Aug 1+7+8, Sep 12+25+26, Nov 6+7+14+20th of 2020
  • Divinity School closures for graduation dates 2021 includes following dates:
  • Jan 23, Feb 27, March 6, May 8, May 15th of 2021
  • University Open Days (few colleges open) on July 1, July 2, Sep 18th 2020
  • Divinity school typically is closed XMAS from about Dec 24-Jan 1. Few colleges open these dates too!
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 3 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Please note that as the university colleges are private institutions, we can't always guarantee entry to colleges but except for on graduation dates or Xmas period from approx. Dec 22nd to Jan 2nd, it is very rare that we cannot get entry into at least 1 or 2 colleges on the tour.
  • Please take note of any advertised university graduation dates mentioned below, as those dates can have less options of colleges to visit.
  • Graduation dates- please see 'EXCLUSIONS' section.
  • This tour enters Divinity School Harry Potter film site with £2 entry fee included- wherever possible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 travelers
Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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Popular mentions
Informative, interesting and even amusing, this fact filled tour gave a comprehensive insight to both the historic and modern day life in Oxford. The full two hours introduced us to several of the 38 colleges along with many of the cities other landmarks at an easy pace. Well
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Response from VisitOxfordTours, Owner at Oxford City and University Walking Tour with College Visits
Responded 13 Jan 2020
Hi Alan, It was a real pleasure to show you and your thespian students around Oxford and I hope the film sites also inspired your students to return here some day as actors too! Sincerely, Alasdair
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Excellent tour and great value for money. Our guide Peter struck the right balance throughout interspersing detailed knowledge with humour which made for an informative and entertaining two hours. Thoroughly recommended.
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Response from VisitOxfordTours, Owner at Oxford City and University Walking Tour with College Visits
Responded 6 Jan 2020
Hi Rory, Glad you enjoyed a tour with our talented guide Peter.
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Renata was amazing! She was waiting for us at the meeting point as we arrived a couple of minutes early, and promptly introduced herself. There were only three of us: myself, my wife and our five-year daughter. Renata took us around lots of places, and did her utmost
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Response from VisitOxfordTours, Owner at Oxford City and University Walking Tour with College Visits
Responded 5 Jan 2020
Hi Stephen, Thanks for such a super recommendation. On behalf of myself and Renata, thanks for choosing our tour. This time of year is low season, so many tours do actually end up being effectively private tours. Sincerely, Alasdair
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We had a wonderful tour with Renata. She showed us things we never would have found on our own, as well as taught us so much! There is so much value in not walking around on your own trying to read your map on your phone!!! Thank you , Renata!
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Response from VisitOxfordTours, Owner at Oxford City and University Walking Tour with College Visits
Responded 28 Dec 2019
Hi. That's a super review. Glad you enjoyed your tour with us
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As someone else has written 'ideal for the generalist' - but not if looking for more detail. Whilst our guide from Argentina was very pleasant, outside of her script she was not versed in Oxford’s history or academic/political personalities. To give credit our guide did adapt
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Response from VisitOxfordTours, Owner at Oxford City and University Walking Tour with College Visits
Responded 26 Dec 2019
Hi Anthony, Thanks for your critical feedback. You made a valid point that although the usual colleges we visit were closed on Dec 26th, your guide really should have already familiarised herself with Balliol too. That's a fair criticism to make and it's unclear to me why she would not already be familiar as the guides are really supposed to be familiar with every college which is a possibility that could be visited outside of the regular itinerary. Apologies about that. You mentioned the tour as being 'a generalist tour' and yes, that's what is intended for this tour viz for it to be a general introduction to Oxford city and university. We actually offer a much wider range of more bespoke tours to choose to. I don't understand why you perceived her to be unfamiliar with Oxford's history or indeed with academic or political personalities at Oxford as I do train the guides to be able to introduce these aspects fluently. It might be that as so few venues are even open on Boxing Day, Laura may have not adjusted so well to having to follow a tour itinerary where she could not follow habitual info introduced at such venues. However, a trained and experienced guide like Laura should be able to accomodate. We do introduce in detail the academic and college traditions and famous personalities associated with each college but we don't really go into much detail about as you say 'academic personalities' as I think very few individuals have such a specific interest in that with exception of likes of eg Stephen Hawking. It is possible that Laura may have deliberately omitted as a proudly EU citizen to mention that Boris Johnson is an alumni of Balliol. If I were a European resident in the UK, I think I might also omit him. Our team of guides are about 20 persons and very few of us are from England. Anyway I apologise if the tour didn't meet your expectation and by the way, you should not have had to pay to enter Balliol- the guides should always be paying for any entry fees, so that is another mistake. I will be sharing your comments now with Laura. Sincerely, Alasdair
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About the operator
By: Visit Oxford Tours
Hilary S
Harry Potter Oxford & Beyond
We greatly enjoyed our personal tour w Peter. He called us beforehand & was flexible w our meeting time, since
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Paris, France
Harry Potter tour
Very interesting tour with a sympathetic lover of the city, who knows as much about the history of the place as
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Tina M
Wonderful people
Thank you so much for your lovely guidance! It was my pleasure and we will be there in November 2020. So see you
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Sandra J
Still talking about it!
I'm ashamed to say that I sometimes pretend to be interested in what people say out of politeness but our guide
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Johns Creek, Georgia
Fun, informative tour
We were late in planning our day in Oxford, so I was still making arrangements the day of. I emailed the company,
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Brisbane, Australia
Walking Tour of Oxford and Oxford University
Renata our guide took us on great tour of Oxford as well as aspects of Oxford University. The commentary and
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Great Visit Oxford Tours - Harry Potter Tour
Thank you Peter for the interesting tour. He is very knowledgeable, provide us with a lot of behind the scene
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Melbourne, Australia
Fantastic, informative walking tour around Oxford
We just had the pleasure of being guided around Oxford by Renata, who took us to a host of places that we wouldn’t
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Brett C
Harry Potter tour
Had a fantastic tour with Peter. What a lovely considerate and knowledgeable person. Shown us so much of Oxford
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Casey Ko
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Peter was a fabulous guide! He is filled with enthusiasm for what he’s showing us and the entire tour is
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Key Details
  • Duration: 1h 25m
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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