Oxford Walking Tours

Oxford Walking Tours have been operating from the blue gates of Trinity College on Broad Street for over 30 years.  Our University educated guides come with years of experience and local knowledge of the City and University.

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We really enjoyed our tour with Sam. It was very informative and the opportunity to see inside a number of the colleges (without paying extra) was an added bonus. Highly recommended.

Harcus and Susan, Pickering, Canada

Coronavirus Information

Restrictions due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic have eased, and we have been able to resume our regular daytime tours as follows:

  • We advise booking online in advance directly through our website;
  • Colleges remain closed to the public; Old Schools Quad will be visited instead[1][2]; the Divinity School is now open[1][2];
  • We ask that you follow WHO advice for the public and UK government social distancing guidance to minimize transmission of the virus, in particular keeping two metres apart from anyone outside your household or support bubble.

For more details please see our separate coronavirus information page.

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The day tours go into the oldest colleges including New College, founded in 1379, and seen in the Harry Potter films and television productions of Inspector Morse and Lewis.

Exeter College is visited on most tours, was founded in 1314 and is seen in the final episode of Morse.  Balliol College, founded in 1263, educated more 20th century British prime ministers than any other college.  All tours go to the University Library.

On our tours you will learn about the history of the city and the university.  We will explain the collegiate system of tutorial unique to Oxford and Cambridge.  Discover the famous alumni who studied and taught at the university.  Go inside the oldest college dining hall, chapel, cloisters and quadrangles.

Despite the pouring rain this was an excellent informative tour. Stuart pitched the tour very well considering the mixed audience.  Highly recommended to any tourist visiting Oxford.

Gavin & Nicki Powell, East Sussex

The Walking tours, Ghost tours and other speciality tours operate all year round:

Tour Timetable Autumn 2020
Oct 1stOct 24th
Winter 20202021
Oct 25thJan 31st
Spring 2021
Feb 1stMay 31st
Walking Tours Daily 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm & 3pm 11am, 12 noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm
Ghost Tours Fri & Sat 6.30pm 4pm & 6.30pm 6.30pm
SunThur Private bookings only 4.00pm
Hallowe’en (Oct 25Oct 31): 4pm & 6.30pm
Private bookings only
Easter (Apr 2Apr 11): 6.30pm
Literary Tours[3] Sat, Tues & Thur 11.00am 11.00am 11.00am
Sun, Weds & Fri 2.00pm 2.00pm 2.00pm
Monday Private bookings only Private bookings only Private bookings only
Tolkien Tours Private bookings only Private bookings only Private bookings only
Student Life Tours[3] Daily 10.00am 10.00am 10.00am
Newman’s Oxford[3] Sat, Tues & Thur 2.15pm 2.15pm 2.15pm
Mon, Weds & Fri 11.15am 11.15am 11.15am
Deutsche in Oxford[3] Daily Times available between 10am and 4pm Times available between 10am and 4pm Times available between 10am and 4pm
Private / Group Tours Any times between 9am and 10pm

The duration of most tours is 90 minutes and involves less than one mile of walking.

Admission fees into the Old Schools Quad and Divinity School are included in the ticket price[1][2] (unlike most other walking tours of Oxford):

Effective from Oct 23rd
Adults Students & Seniors [4]Oxonians Children
under 16
Walking Tours £14.95 £13.95 £12.50 £6.95
Ghost Tours[5] £14.95 £13.95 £13.95 £6.95
Literary Tours[6] £17.00 £16.00 £14.00 £9.00
Student Life Tours[6] £90.00 £85.00 £85.00 £85.00
Newman’s Oxford[6] £45.00 £40.00 £40.00 £40.00
Deutsche in Oxford[6] £45.00 £40.00 £45.00 £40.00
Private / Group Tours £125.00 per group of up to 25 people plus optional £5 per person college admission[7]

Tickets can be purchased from the guide prior to departure[3]; however, numbers are limited.

Private/Group tours are available throughout the year.

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We were on a great tour on Saturday with Simon… he was enthusiastic, articulate and really helped to bring Oxford to life for us… thanks!

Wendy Klein, Cambridge

Our tours have been featured on two BBC TV programmes and also in The Cherwell student newspaper.

For enquiries, please see our contact page (where you will also find our social media links) for details of the most appropriate person to get in touch with.