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“Oxford's grim underbelly laid open !”

Oxford Walking Tours
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1.5-hour Oxford University and Colleges Walking Tour
Ranked #9 of 47 Tours 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.
Useful Information: Stairs / elevator
Reviewed February 18, 2013

Fascinating exploration of the supernatural side of Oxford, from the Martyrs to the Queen's Lane lamp post spectre, passing through a few college nooks and crannies along the way. Despite being a cold evening our able Oxfordian guide wove his tapestry of violence and intrigue with verve and aplomb. Our attention never wavered. That so many of his friends had undergone trauma at the hands of the supernatural, made us worry about our guide's health and safety. Nevertheless it all made for a lively, entertaining discourse. The greatest thrills perhaps come from nocturnal glimpses into the private world of Oxford colleges, providing at times a surreal experience; dog shooter dons in code 1 military dress, seemingly oblivious of their knock-kneed hilarity, elsewhere a knot of teenage girls in an ancient Exeter doorway, discussing Petrarch and pop music, the inviting yet forbidden world of All Souls candlelit hall, a sudden, unexplained burst of bagpipes, choral music rising from the wraith-haunted chapel of Trinity, finest cuisine promised from the 'chez Hassan' takeaway van, the Mannerist grace of Old Schools Quad versus the mannerless disgrace of drunken hooray henrys. Yet the quieter corners around St Edmund Hall hold a certain menace. With a hunter's moon in the sky, nameless shadows appear to quiver and dance along the time-worn stonework. A doorway opens. Raucous laughter momentarily fills the air before the door closes again. And one suddenly realises that someone (or something) is sitting in the graveyard, patiently waiting.
This can only happen on an Oxford walking tour.

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

Despite the chilly weather, Stuart kept us warm with tales of history and education amongst the world-famous landmarks of Oxford. A local former student and resident, Stuart is knowledgeable and friendly and can answer any question you may throw at him. A must-do for any visitor to the city :-)

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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.

4  Thank Roseana W
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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.

Thank John H
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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.

Thank Geoff W
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