Decolonial Walking Tour – by Oxford Students

Duration: 90 to 100 minutes
Destination: United Kingdom, England, Oxford

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  • 90 to 100 minutes
  • Oxford
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Cancellable


Uncomfortable Oxford takes a unique approach to the walking tour format - both fun and thoughtful, we encourage analysis and discussion about uncomfortable subjects within the city.

This discussion-based tour engages with the politics of memory in the city and university. It covers histories of empire, inequality, and race, class, and gender discrimination, highlighting how these legacies have an enduring impact on our modern lives. Discover many of Oxford's major landmarks and venture beyond the material covered by other walking tours.

This tour is run by students from the University of Oxford and lasts for about 1.5hrs.

We will walk no more than two miles, but please be aware that cobble stones and uneven pavement may restrict the accessibility of this event.

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Carfax Tower, Corner of Carfax and Cornmarket, Oxford OX1 England

Begin the tour with an overview of the historic divide between the town of Oxford and the university.

Duration: 10 minutes

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

Discuss the controversies surrounding the statue of Cecil Rhodes

Duration: 10 minutes

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

Learn about the connections between All Soul's College and money from slave plantations.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Weston Library, Broad Street Bodleian Library, Oxford OX1 3BG England

Hear the story of Christian Cole, Oxford's first black scholar.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ England

Learn about the struggle for women to join as full members of the University.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Balliol College, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BJ England

Take a look at historic Balliol College, one of the colleges with extensive direct ties to the former British Empire and a tradition of educating Prime Ministers - including Boris Johnson.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Faculty of History, University of Oxford, 41-47 George St, Oxford OX1 2BE, UK

Sit in the gardens of the Faculty of History in the shadow of the old city wall and learn about Merze Tate, Oxford's first Black female scholar.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Westgate Oxford, Castle Street Oxford's City Centre, Oxford OX1 1TR England

Finish at the Tirah Memorial across from the Westgate Centre to reflect on memories of empire and memorialisation.

  • Oxford University Student Guide

  • Entry/Admission - Balliol College
  • Entry/Admission - Faculty of History, University of Oxford
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Maximum 15 people per tour and face masks required unless medically exempt.
Departure Point

Carfax Tower, Queen St, Oxford OX1 1ET, UK

Return Details

Bonn Square, Oxford OX1 1LQ, UK

Voucher info

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


90 to 100 minutes

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

User's Reviews


07 Jun, 2022

An interesting, fair and thought provoking tour of Oxford. Would highly recommend to anyone that wants something different to a standard city tour.


22 May, 2022

Fantastic, informative and thought provoking tour. I really enjoyed how our guide Cameron involved the group in discussions and gave us a lot of space to think and consider the histories of the space. Very eager to do other tours with the organisation.


09 May, 2022

Thank you for a great experience last Friday. The tour was perfect for our group of American university students, and Cameron proved an excellent guide and facilitator. I appreciate the questions he put to the students and his interest in fostering dialogue, rather than simply talking at the group. We had a good discussion later at dinner about the things we discussed during our walk, and the tour was a great complement to our visit to the Pitt-Rivers earlier in the day.


30 Apr, 2022

Highly recommended. The most original, inspiring, learned, and engaging tour of Oxford you can take. It is based on facts and narratives that do make into mainstream, mainly tourist-oriented tours, and it opens your eyes to Oxford's hidden histories and practices of the past. Engaging participants in a conversation among one another and with the guide is an added feature of this amazing tour.


29 Apr, 2022

A fantastic tour of Oxford - well-researhced and engaging, the best way to have a complete and uncomrpimising introduction to Oxford' history, both locla and global! I really loved the discussion component of the walking tours, which kept me thinking about the questions raised long after leaving the group! Join this tour if you want to have a more complete picture, away from the typical celebaration of privileged elites -- this tour will make you discuss legacies of imperialism, gender (in)equality, racial prejudices, wealth and class tensions, and the politics of memory! The best tour to do whether you are in Oxford for just one day or live there long term!

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