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Oxford University Tour With Alumni
We will start with a whirlwind overview of Oxford as the central player in 1,000 years of British history, and giving guests an understanding of how the sprawling institution operates before embarking on the tour. Navigating down the windy alleyways we will get an insiders take on the little known viewing angles that bring across the drama of the world famous architecture in this city. With striking spires and imposing buildings, we will cover how these influenced Tolkien, C S Lewis, along with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. We will enter one of the oldest Colleges at Oxford, renowned for its beautiful gardens, before heading into one of the most famous Library's in the world - responsible for over 13 million books. Capping this off we will cover a Harry Potter film site, along with why the most powerful religious figure England has ever seen, was burnt alive in the centre of Oxford, on what is now such a nondescript part of road you could easily miss it. Please note: Colleges and the Library can shut without notice and currently they are available as of August 2021. If this changes on the day we will of course incorporate them - if we are not able to offer any access, we will offer up the option of a full refund.
Oxford University Walking Tour Led By University Alumni
In just an hour walk through pivotal moments of human history: from petty and outlandish rivalries to architectural masterpieces with confusing names. See the lamp-post which inspired Narnia and the architecture which has inspired His Dark Materials. Visit the meadows where C.S. Lewis first recounted the story of Alice in Wonderland. Marvel at some of the world’s greatest examples of Gothic and Baroque architecture. Inspiring, baffling, and downright outrageous: Oxford is a city full of stories waiting to be told. Oxford is nothing without its students, and it’s the students who make our walking tours so special. All our tour guides are either graduates of or current students at the University of Oxford who combine their personal experiences of the city with their deep passion for its history, architecture, and stories to provide a one-of-a-kind tour. Combining a deep passion for the city’s history and architecture with the knowledge you hear all about what the students really get up to – from BOPS to secret societies and which all-night library permits outside snacks. Which college is the poshest one, and which is the oldest? Which one has traditions designed only to mock the traditions of other colleges? As well as hearing it all from the horse’s mouth, you get to see inside colleges, with highlights including the beautiful Jesus college gardens. This is the real Oxford.
Family friendly time-travel Oxford tour
This is a tour for everyone, but especially designed for families, with a spotting list for younger children. I offer a unique 75 minute chronological trip through Oxford's colourful history, from the Saxon origins of the town to the present day. If children are on the tour I'll admit that I am a time traveller! We will see some of Oxford's best-known landmarks and hear about the people and events that made the city and the university world-famous - as well as some of the scrapes I got into when visiting them! Other things to note Travel around Oxford can get a bit congested so please don't hesitate to text or call me if you have any problems and I will do my best to adapt when possible. There are cobbled streets on the tour.
Fabulous Oxford walking tour with a local guide
The best way to see Oxford is on a small-group walking tour. It's a vibrant, historic city, with fantastic architecture & the prestigious Oxford University. Enjoy a relaxed, fun & informative Oxford walking tour any time of the year, rain or shine with a small group of people. In a family-friendly tour to suit all ages, you will see Oxford's most famous sites, discover parts of the city that many visitors don't see, learn about Oxford University & its traditions, hear about Oxford's famous authors & visit some of the Harry Potter film locations. Along the route, you will see ancient buildings, colleges, libraries, a theatre, an indoor market, gardens and a tranquil river. We visit a Gelateria for award-winning gelato or amazing hot chocolate, then finish at an ancient pub to cool down in the summer & warm up in the winter! This is not a scripted Free Oxford walking tour with a group of 30+ people! It is however a friendly tour guided by an Oxonian, with depth, humour & passion. Guests who have taken this tour love its intimate & relaxed nature, plus they enjoy meeting fellow travellers from the Airbnb community. You can also book a private tour for your family group, or as a work team-building event to get a truly intimate & fun tour. If there’s not a tour date suitable, please contact me. If you are not an Airbnb member, contact me via myoxfordtravel
Oxford's famous and hidden gems
Oxford’s city centre is a concentration of all you want to know. Within a relatively small area there are hundreds of years of history which we will be experiencing by walking for a couple of hours. We will tour the famous sights and learn about the culture, reasons and history behind what we see. We will hear about the famous Oxford personalities, who shaped the world and learn about their world. We will also discover more hidden places, the ones tourists (and many locals) don’t know about. I will point out the locations of world famous films and the stunning hidden architecture. This is a tour for very small groups as I want you to feel comfortable and able to ask questions. If there is any particular requirement, just ask and I will do my utter best to accommodate you. Most of the times, it would be your own private tour. We will meet outside the Randolph Hotel, on Beaumont Street, opposite the Ashmolean Museum and start our adventure from there. Other things to note My tours are suitable for families and children under 10 come for free. We will be passing many shops during our walk where you can buy drinks and snacks if needed. This tour is wheelchair and child friendly. As the group size is very small you will almost certainly enjoy a fully private tour.
Escape to Oxford Walking Tours
From the Martyrs' Memorial, close to the north gate of the old city, we meander through the heart of Oxford, passing a number of historic buildings and university colleges, including the 1000 year-old Saxon Tower, the oldest building in Oxford and the finest example of Saxon architecture in England, Carfax, the magnificent Town Hall, Christ Church College and its beautiful Meadow, over ‘Dead Man’s Walk’ into medieval Merton Street where we cut through Logic Lane, past University College, the first of the 39 colleges that make up the University, into the Radcliffe Square, (one of the most sought after landmarks in the UK), view the magnificent Gothic architecture of University Church of St Mary the Virgin, meeting place of the university's first governing body, the Schools Quadrangle, heart of the world-renowned Bodleian Library and seat of the 15th century Divinity School. We pass the Sheldonian Theatre, Christopher Wren’s first major architectural project and the first purpose-built public museum in the Western world into Broad Street. Our guides are well versed in the history of Oxford and the University from the founding of the city over 1000 years ago to the beginnings of the University in the 13th century, through the industrial revolution to the present day. Where possible will escort our guests into university and college buildings. Private tours available on request.
Harry Potter Oxford Insights Tour
NOTICE: This tour starts at 12.45 and not at 12.30 but the airbnb scheduling system has no option to state 12.45! The Divinity school film site is closed on some dates but on any such dates, we simply swap it for entry to New college film site with extra £5 entry to pay. This tour goes into great detail about the making of Harry Potter in Oxford, including film site/s visits. It also highlights JK Rowling's ideas plus it mentions Oxford history plus Oxford's many other famous literary connections. Covid Closures Revised Itinerary: Currently, only the Divinity school film site at the Bodleian library is open. Its £3 per person entry fee is included in your ticket. There is a larger film site called New college but it's not open every day & so it's not included in the tour- unless you request your guide to take you there but that will then mean an additional £10 per person paid in cash only to extend the tour to include New college too. The tours run in English. However, together with my bilingual colleagues, we can also offer private group tours only in foreign languages with adequate advance notice. If -after you book- we learn of closures affecting the tour, I will email you but please can you also share your phone number and email address after booking, so that I can update you of any such notices.
Oxford StandUp Paddle Board Tour
Explore the historic city of Oxford and surrounding areas from a different perspective! If you haven’t tried Paddle Boardong before don’t worry! They’re safe stable & fun and you’ll quickly be on the water enjoying getting to grips with the basics of steering, stopping and turning your board either kneeling or standing. You’ll be provided with a drybag to protect any belongings you’d like to bring with you. Once you’ve got a handle on the basics you’ll head off on a short trip along the river Thames from Donnington bridge into Oxford, stopping to view the sights and get some pics along the way. After a break next to the Botanic Gardens and Magdalen College you’ll return past the punts and rowing boats to the start point with the opportunity to have some fun and try some more advanced paddle skills, although you may get wet! ;) Other things to note If you don’t see a convenient date listed please get in touch as I can often arrange the date you want! If you have any other questions please let me know.
Oxford Tour with a Private Photographer
Let's make your visit to Oxford truly immortalised with show-stopping portraits around the city centre! We will start with an informal chat with some coffee or tea in a local independent shop (drinks on me!) to decide on the specifics of the photoshoot, for example if there is a place that you would like to have your portrait taken. I will provide a suggested plan and locations for the pictures but we can modify it on the spot or beforehand. This informal meeting is very important to establish a connection between the photographer and the models, yes, this means you; so that i can guide you through poses and positioning as we do the photoshoot. After the short coffee we will start walking on foot to the locations and take some breath-taking portraits!!! As we walk around I can give you a few nerdy facts about the historic city centre. Popular Photoshoot Themes for the portraits are: Graduation, Birthday, Couples, Family Holiday Everyone has different levels of confidence in front of the lens, so I am always careful not to pressure people to do more than they feel comfortable with. I am providing all the necessary equipment for the photoshoot and if we have time at the end of our walk I can show you the pictures on my laptop. The approximate time for the photoshoot is 1.5h and after it is done I will send you the pictures we took via wetransfer as soon as possible!
Iconic Oxford Private Photoshoot
This is a private and personal session. Do you want to take away some great photographs of yourself in Oxford, to remember your time here? Or, some beautiful Instagram content that you couldn't easily take yourself? I will do that for you. Whilst moving between iconic locations of Oxford, we will explore the Bodleian Library, the Bridge of Sighs, the Radcliffe Camera, Christ Church Meadows, and surrounding areas. I will also take you via hidden gem locations to show you the real personality behind the bustle and red telephone boxes. I aim to show and capture the true essence of the city. This is a great experience for individuals, couples, families, and friends! If you would like to have your photoshoot inside the Oxford Botanical Gardens, or one of the Colleges, the entrance fee for one person other than myself is included in the cost :) The price for a couple is the same as for one person. If there are more than 3 people, please ‘Book for a Private Group’. Feel free to contact me if the dates you want to shoot at are not showing up on my calendar. I’m more than happy to accommodate you :) Let me know in advance if there's anywhere in particular you'd like to be photographed at, and I will try to accommodate it.
Oxford, le petit tour de force
Laissez-vous plonger dans l’histoire incroyable d’Oxford . Une introduction vous plongera dans 1000 ans d’histoire : depuis ses origines anglo-saxonnes, le changement permanent accompagnant le développement de l’université, son fonctionnement aujourd’hui avec les collèges. En plus de découvrir la célèbre architecture d’Oxford, vous découvrirez les personnalités et les accomplissements de Tolkien et Lewis Carroll en passant par Shakespeare et les martyrs protestants, vous apprendrez les détails étranges de la vie médiévale et les forces historiques derrière les évènements cataclysmiques… le bien et le terrible d’Oxford !!! Vous allez visiter les cloîtres et jardins de l’un des plus anciens collège médiéval, apprécier les faits marquants de beaucoup d’autres lorsque nous serpenterons dans les rues de la vieille ville. Qu’ils soient enchantants ou sanguinaires, les récits historiques vous surprendront et vous informeront à chaque étape. Avec humour et de charmantes observations, je vous montrerai pourquoi les vitraux, chapelles et bibliothèques d’Oxford sont toujours aussi spéciaux aujourd’hui, en mêlalant lant des éléments de l’histoire des arts à votre visite. Nous réserverons du temps aux points de vue spéciaux, pour les questions et discussions.
The Inklings Oxford Writers Tour
We will introduce the lives of CS Lewis, JRR Tolkien & the other Inklings who were fascinated like I am with questions about the power of myth, story making & man's quest to understand his place in the universe. Wherever open, we visit Exeter college where JRR Tolkien studied & Magdalen college where CS Lewis taught. These are probably the most beautiful of the university colleges. Magdalen has a deer park & buildings dating back to 1400. Exeter dating to 1314, features lots in Inspector Morse tv show. It has an exquisite chapel. We look at what inspired CS Lewis's conversion & we also introduce the lives of both men plus their friendship with each other & other members of the Inklings writers group who famously met at the Eagle and Child pub to discuss their writing. Children are welcome but this tour is not aimed at the interests or attention span of children. Please note that the tour fee is the same regardless of whether you book 1 or 10 persons as this tour is currently only offered for private group bookings. Entry fees to Magdalen college averaging £6 per adult or £15 family ticket are NOT included so you will need to pay those. Other things to note: Group rates apply if you book 3 persons or more. This tour generally is only ever booked by private groups so the pricing is based on expectation that if only one or two persons book the tour, they're the only clients.
Oxford University Walking & Punting Tour Led By Alumni
We will begin with a 90-minute graduate-led Oxford University Colleges walking tour which will include an explanation of the colourful story of Oxford and it’s illustrious University and visits inside college grounds. We will visit famous landmarks and enter colleges so you have ample opportunity for photo taking. You will learn famous Oxford University history and anecdotes. Throughout the tour, you will be invited to ask questions at each stop. After your walking tour, you will get the chance to rest your legs on a relaxing punting tour. You will be seated comfortably on a large boat with cushions and blankets. You just sit back and relax as we guide you along the River Cherwell. You will see famous sites of literary inspiration such as Alice in Wonderland written by Lewis Carroll. If you would like to give punting a try, simply ask and your punt chauffeur will be happy to give you a free lesson!
Discover Oxford with a holiday photoshoot
I will take you through an extraordinary tour of Oxford! We will start at the Carfax Tower, a spot easy to find in central Oxford, as no building may be constructed to be taller than it! I will then walk your through old hidden streets to charming spots, and let you in to their story, sharing interesting facts along the way. I will show you the quaint, the cute and the less known about the city and take photos along the way, so you can share the memories with your friends and families when you return home. Upon request, I can give you recommendations for food and local attractions. Our tour will finish in one of the best bars in Oxford, where you can enjoy the view over the whole city in front of a cocktail, as you rest and plan the rest of your holiday!
Inspector Morse Oxford Film Sites Tour
NOTICE: Find out about the making of Morse, Lewis, Endeavour with you. We'll visit film sites, including an Oxford college & we usually finish at the Morse bar, where Colin Dexter used to enjoy a drink every week. We also introduce Oxford city & university, student life & other literary references. They film Endeavour here several times during the year, so you may even get lucky enough to spot the actors filming too. We explore the background behind Colin Dexter's famous character. Other things to note: Children are welcome to join this tour free of charge. However, this tour is aimed at adult audiences. Tours are only offered in Italian, if booked as a private group.