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“Oxford Walking Tour of the University and Colleges” 5 of 5 stars
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Oxford Walking Tours
Trinity College Gate | Broad Street, Oxford, England
07790 734387
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Ranked #8 of 68 Activities in Oxford
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Owner description: Oxford Walking Tours have been operating from the blue gates of Trinity College in Broad St for over 27 years. Tours go inside the Colleges including where Harry Potter was filmed. There is no need to pre-book, just turn up before the hour and pay the guide before or after the tour. Price includes all entry fees to Colleges. We also operate year round evening ghost tours and private/group tours anytime.
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“Oxford Walking Tour of the University and Colleges”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

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.

Visited September 2012
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“Good way to learn and get your questions answered”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012

Stuart was our guide, a local resident & Oxford graduate. He had a lot of insight, knowledge, and stories. -- Hint: Best time to go is in the afternoon since many colleges only allow visitors to enter their premises after 2 pm. -- worth the GBP9.00 to actually learn, see, and understand how the college life works within Oxford.

Visited October 2012
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“Interesting & educational”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

My wife & I and another couple joined Stuart’s walk at 11.00 am on a Sunday morning and the ‘walk’ lasted for an hour and a half. Stuart (our guide) was easy to hear and his anecdotes kept our attention. We found the walk / talk very interesting and the access we had to certain areas enhanced the overall historical facts that we received during the walk. We were never bored nor did I see anybody checking the time. Along with various educational aspects of Oxford, Stuart also pointed out interesting pubs to visit at a later time. We did visit the Turf Tavern later as it had an odd link to Australia . . . . .
For those who are not as agile as they used to be, there are some stairs to climb, but overall the walk is on the flat.

Visited September 2012
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“Useful for putting names to places”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

The Oxford Walking Tours are good for learning about Oxford. Entrance to some of the colleges is closed except for entrance by these tours and there are certainly enough tours with different themes to attract many interests. Although the guides were well spoken, as one would expect in Oxford, I thought the quality of information varied.

Visited September 2012
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“We were delighted”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

We missed the Oxford tour we wanted that began at the Blackwell bookstore, so we 'settled' for an Oxford walking tour that began right out on the street. (One begins every hour) Our guide was 'Dan.'and we couldn't have asked for a better guide. Not only did we see several colleges and llearned their histories, but the campuses became alive with the anecdotes that Dan shared. We felt lucky that we'd missed 'the' tour and that we discovered Oxford with Dan. The four of us highly recommend Dan and the Oxford Walking Tour. Jeanne, Will, Jack & Donna

Visited September 2012
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