Shared | Oxford University & City Walking Tour Led By University Alumni

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Destination: United Kingdom, England, Oxford
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Oxford
  • E-Voucher
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  • Cancellable

Overview

Our University of Oxford graduate guide will take you on an enthralling journey through time as we recount to you the fascinating story of Oxford and its illustrious university.

Enjoy famous student anecdotes and authentic insights into student life from real Oxford University Alumni and current students.

You are welcomed to ask questions at each stop on the tour and prospective students may ask about the Oxbridge application process from someone who has been successful.

This is the real Oxford University experience from behind closed doors!

Itinerary
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Stop At: University of Oxford, University Offices 1 Wellington Square, Oxford OX1 2JD England

Starting as early as 1096 with some form of teaching, Oxford is the oldest English-speaking university in the world.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Stop At: Merton College, Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD England

Founded in 1264 AD, Merton is one of the oldest colleges in Oxford. It is home to the oldest academic library in continuous use anywhere in Europe, which was built between 1373 and 1378. The buildings around the College span many time periods and illustrate several different architectural styles. The oldest buildings still standing date to the 1280s. The current student body comprises c. 700 students (equally divided between undergraduates and graduates).

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Bodleian Library, Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BG, UK

The world-famous Bodleian Libraries is a must-see cultural destination in the heart of Oxford. The Bodleian Library was founded by Sir Thomas Bodley and officially opened in 1602. Since then the Bodleian libraries has grown to be the largest academic library system in the UK. In its reading rooms, generations of famous scholars have studied through the ages, amongst them monarchs, Nobel Prize winners, British Prime Ministers and writers including Oscar Wilde, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. At the site, you can explore historic spaces that you might recognise from popular films and TV series such as Harry Potter and A Discovery of Witches. We also offer free, inspiring exhibitions featuring the libraries’ rich collections, two unique gift shops and a lovely café.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, St. Marys Church High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ England

Considered one of the oldest university buildings in the world, this is a superb example of Church Architecture from the 13th century. Standing in the very centre of Oxford, the University Church is the spiritual heart of the oldest university in Britain.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: All Souls College, High Street, Oxford OX1 4AL England

Founded by Henry VI and Henry Chichele in 1438, the college today serves primarily as an academic research institution at the University of Oxford.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Hertford College, Catte Street, Oxford OX1 3BW England

Founded in 1282 by Elias de Hertford, this Oxford College has educated many leading figures in British life over the centuries including John Donne, the 17th-century poet, Thomas Hobbs, political philosopher, and Jonathan Swift, famous satirist.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Oriel College, Oriel Square, Oxford OX1 4EW England

Founded in 1326 by King Edward II, this is the fifth oldest college at Oxford University.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Radcliffe Camera, Radcliffe Square, Oxford OX1 4AJ England

This distinctive circular building is a beautiful piece of classical architecture and one of Oxford’s most iconic sights. Built independently of the Bodleian, it’s named after the royal physician, John Radcliffe who had left money in his will to purchase land, build a library, purchase books, and pay a full-time librarian. The camera, simply meaning ‘room’, was built 1737 – 1749 and designed by the leading architect James Gibbs. With its growing collections, the Bodleian took over the Radcliffe Camera in 1860 to expand its book storage facilities.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Exeter College, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DP England

Exeter College

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Jesus College, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DW England

Jesus College is one of the constituent colleges of the University of Oxford in England. It is in the centre of the city, on a site between Turl Street, Ship Street, Cornmarket Street and Market Street.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: The Divinity School, Oxford OX1 3AZ, UK

The Divinity School is a medieval building and room in the Perpendicular style characterised by its rich ornamentation and tracery. The building, which belongs to the University of Oxford, is attached to the Bodleian Library (the main research library of the University of Oxford,), and is opposite the Sheldonian Theatre where students matriculate and graduate. At the far end from the Bodleian Library entrance, a door leads to Convocation House (the lower floor of the Bodleian Library and Divinity School).

Designed between 1423 and 1488 specifically for lectures, oral exams and discussions on theology, was almost ‘certainly the building that popularised Tudor arches’.



Duration: 10 minutes

Inclusions
  • University of Oxford Alumni Guide
  • Insights into student life from an Oxford University Alumni
  • Insight into the Oxbridge Application Process
  • Enter inside the Bodleian Library
  • Entry/Admission - University of Oxford

Exclusions
  • Entrance fees to colleges not listed on the itinerary
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Merton College
  • Entry/Admission - Bodleian Library
  • Entry/Admission - University Church of St. Mary the Virgin
  • Entry/Admission - All Souls College
  • Entry/Admission - Hertford College
  • Entry/Admission - Oriel College
  • Entry/Admission - Radcliffe Camera
  • Entry/Admission - Exeter College
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Oxford Alumni Tours - Pandemic Health and Safety Policy Your health is our top priority, and we have put special measures in place to keep all guests safe both during and after your activity. Stringent Cleaning - We’ve increased the frequency of disinfecting surfaces and high traffic areas between each tour, and hand sanitizer will be available to all of our guests at our starting points. Social Distancing – We have reduced maximum capacity of our tours. Guests will stay at a safe 6-foot distance during all points of our walking tour and guests. We also ensure that all staff members will be wearing the necessary PPE and sanitise between each tour. Wellness Checks - Employees receive daily wellness checks to ensure they are healthy and symptom-free. If you or anyone in your group is experiencing symptoms, we will work directly with you to cancel or reschedule your tour. Please refer to our cancellation terms.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
Departure Point

11-12 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AP, UK


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

1 hour 30 minutes

For a full refund, cancel at least 3 days in advance of the start date of the experience.

User's Reviews

Karen M

16 Jun, 2022

Although booked as a group tour, we ( husband and myself) were actually the only people on the tour! Our guide, Julie, (from Germany), was friendly, fun, and very knowledgeable. She was also very accomodating as my husband stopped frequently to take photos, so she would simply keep chatting, sharing her wealth of information. Julie you are a fantastic guide, thank you so much, we wish you well in your studies

JulieWood

11 Jun, 2022

Very knowledgeable with interesting and quirky facts thrown in. Small area to walk with cobbled streets too.

syedimrans2022

05 Jun, 2022

I was very interesting to know that Lawrence of Arabia was a very distinguished student of Oxford, and to know where Adam Smith studied, and that Christ Church College was the College of many Prime Ministers of UK.

Mariafsvsimoes

04 Jun, 2022

seb was an excellent guide, I recommend doing the visit with seb, I loved his stories about Oxford colleges

Shelley_M

02 Jun, 2022

The Guide for our 1:00 tour did not show up and there was no phone number provided to find out what happened. Finally after texting and calling La Vacanza Travel we were contacted by the manager of the tour guides and he did not know what happened. He offered 20% off the price of the tickets and that we could do the tour at 3:00 with Josie. Josie was fabulous!

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