My husband and I went to Oxford on a day trip in September. We wanted to get to know the university colleges better but didn't have any pre-arranged plans. What a surprise that we ran into one of the best ways possible to be able to actually learn about and enter the many colleges without having to enroll for classes. We bumped into Dan, the expert guide from the Oxford Walking Tours!
This tour was a private affair as we were the only ones to sign up that day. Dan was a very relaxed A-level teacher-guide, who was a resident of the city of Oxford. He had a solid grasp of Oxford’s historicity and explained the roots and hierarchy of the college scene in the UK and in Oxford. He welcomed questions and asked several of his own, which made the tour very interesting and interactive.
This tour takes about 2 hours and allows entry into many of the colleges. We visited the Bodleian Library, the settings of some Harry Potter’s movie scenes, New College, etc.
Oxford boasts of having educated 25 British Prime Ministers, 25 International leaders, 47 Nobel prize winners, 6 current holders of the order of merit, 6 kings, 12 saints, 20 Archbishops of Canterbury and 9 Olympic medal winners. Some famous former scholars’ names include King Abdhulah of Jordan, comedian Rowan Atkinson, former Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, Former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, former US president Bill Clinton, former Prime Minister of India Indira Gandhi, Professor Stephen Hawking, actor Hugh Grant, author John Le Carre, writer C.S. Lewis, actor Dudley Moore, actor Michael Palin and former UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
We truly enjoyed this beautiful city and got some great tips on a couple of picturesque pubs: The Turf, the Kings Arms, and the Eagle and Child.
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