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Bodleian Library Tours

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Bodleian Library
Located in central Oxford in a complex of historic buildings, the venerable Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe. It’s the main research library for the University of Oxford and also a copyright library, housing every book printed in the UK and Ireland, a collection of more than 12 million printed items.
Address: Broad St., Oxford OX1 3BG, England

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Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide

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Walk the halls of one of the world’s oldest and most famous universities on this walking tour of Oxford University. Get a glimpse of student life as you peek inside the famous Bodleian Library and see landmarks like the University Church of St. Mary, Radcliffe Camera, and Trinity College. Learn about the prestigious university’s famous alumni, hear fascinating stories and anecdotes about its history, and see on-campus locations used in the Harry Potter films.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$26.37
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$26.37
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Harry Potter Insights Oxford PUBLIC Tour with entry to Divinity School film site

Harry Potter Insights Oxford PUBLIC Tour with entry to Divinity School film site

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Calling all fans of the world’s favorite wizard, this Oxford walking tour takes you to recognizable locations of the Harry Potter films. During this family-friendly tour, explore the grand buildings of Oxford University, including New College and Divinity School—both featured as Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Learn of other literary legends that attended Oxford University and admire the Bodleian Library, home to more than 11 million books. This small-group tour is limited to 15 Harry Potter fans to maintain an intimate atmosphere. If you prefer, choose the private tour of New College with just your party and guide. 
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.96
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Oxford City and University Walking Tour with Entry to Harry Potter Film Site

Oxford City and University Walking Tour with Entry to Harry Potter Film Site

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If you’re interested in Oxford’s rich history, look no further than this walking tour for a comprehensive overview of the historic city. In a small group limited to 15, visit Bodleian Library—home to 'Harry Potter' filming locations—and one other college, and learn about Oxford University alumni such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Plus, receive an ILoveOxford map showing all of the main sites.
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  • 1 hour 25 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.77
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$19.77
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Public Afternoon Christ Church Harry Potter Film Sites Tour

Public Afternoon Christ Church Harry Potter Film Sites Tour

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This is the essential tour for Harry Potter fans. Spend a day discovering the sites of Oxford associated with the Harry Potter movies. See Christ Church College which inspired the Great Hall of Hogwarts, and learn behind-the-scenes secrets about the Harry Potter actors, and J. K. Rowling.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.94
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$65.94
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PUBLIC Morning Christ Church Harry Potter Film Site Tour

PUBLIC Morning Christ Church Harry Potter Film Site Tour

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Fans of fantasy books won’t want to miss this 1.5-hour tour of Christ Church College, the setting and inspiration behind novels such as Alice and Wonderland and Harry Potter. By booking your ticket in advance, you’ll avoid the long lines outside of the prestigious Oxford University building, home to the Bodleian Library and adjoining Divinity School. Visit recognizable filming sites and learn about Lewis Carroll’s time at England’s oldest university.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
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The Inklings Oxford Writers Tour

The Inklings Oxford Writers Tour

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Explore the world of ‘The Inklings’—the mid-20th-century writers’ group that included C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien—on this private Oxford walk. Rather than researching locations yourself, let a guide show you where the writers worked and relaxed. Visit Exeter College where Tolkien studied; and see Lewis’ Magdalen College and other sights while learning history and literary tales you’d otherwise miss. A choice of departure times gives you flexibility.
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Oxford Walking Tour for the Discerning Traveler

Private Oxford Walking Tour for the Discerning Traveler

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Get the inside scoop on Oxford's storied history on this private walking tour. Through your dedicated guide's informative narration, learn about the evolution of the university and all the achievements that have taken place there. Enjoy a flexible itinerary, personalized attention and plenty of time to ask questions, since this is a private tour for just you and your party.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$131.90
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'Inspector Morse,' 'Lewis,' and 'Endeavour' Walking Tour of Oxford

'Inspector Morse,' 'Lewis,' and 'Endeavour' Walking Tour of Oxford

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Follow in the footsteps of Inspector Morse, star of the British TV detective drama that was filmed on the streets of Oxford. With a guide, you’ll see the eminent university city through the eyes of Morse and his sidekick Lewis, visiting filming sites such as pubs and even one of the university colleges. Along the way you’ll learn all about the cast and crew who were involved in the much-loved productions of Inspector Morse, the Lewis spin-off series, and the Endeavour prequel—all filmed in the city.
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  • 2 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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$26.38
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Private Oxford City & University Walking tour with Entry to Divinity School

Private Oxford City & University Walking tour with Entry to Divinity School

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Oxford is home to one of the world’s most famous and prestigious colleges, and this private 2-hour walking tour unveils all the secrets of the university city. Marvel at landmarks including the Bodleian Library and Christchurch, peek inside Oxford University buildings like New College or the Divinity School; and follow in the footsteps of British legends such as J.R.R Tolkien, CS Lewis, King Henry VIII, and Harry Potter.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$138.50
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PRIVATE Harry Potter in Oxford tour -Includes entry to Divinity school film site

PRIVATE Harry Potter in Oxford tour -Includes entry to Divinity school film site

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See two of the three Hogwarts filming locations in Oxford (access permitting) on this private Harry Potter tour. With a guide, you'll visit New College and the Divinity School at the Bodleian Library. Ponder how studying at Oxford University compares to being a student at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and learn a bit about Oxford's history as your guide tailors the tour to the interests of everyone in your group.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$131.90
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Inspector Morse Private Tour Oxford with entry to Divinity School

Inspector Morse Private Tour Oxford with entry to Divinity School

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Calling all fans of the iconic British TV programme, Inspector Morse, this 2-hour tour visit famous filming locations around Oxford. With a private guide, you’ll visit recognizable settings inside the Bodleian Library, Exeter College, and the Divinity School, all within the prestigious Oxford University campus. The tour concludes at a historic pub regularly featured in the Inspector Morse shows.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$85.74
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Oxford Walking and Biking Tour

Oxford Walking and Biking Tour

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Discover Oxford’s highlights on foot and two wheels on this walking and bicycle tour. Set out by foot to visit the Bodleian Library, Christ Church, and other colleges as you learn about their history and former luminaries. Then, ride a bike to see the Radcliffe Camera, Magdalen College, places linked to Oxford’s literary heritage, and other sights. Includes entrance fees and bike usage for the rest of the day post-tour.
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  • 3 hours
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$57.50
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Oxford Highlights Small Group Tour

Oxford Highlights Small Group Tour

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Explore the university city of Oxford on a tour that showcases its highlights in just a couple of hours. The walking tour introduces you to many of Oxford's famous colleges and university buildings as you stroll around the city with a guide. Get recommendations for things to do and see in the city in your own time, and hear insider tips for Oxford's many restaurants. The experience includes a visit inside one college and either the Divinity School or the University Church of St. Mary the Virgin.
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  • 2 hours
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$25.06
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Walking Tour Combined with River Punting Rowing (2 hours plus)

Walking Tour Combined with River Punting Rowing (2 hours plus)

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This fantastic combination tour allows you to see the highlights of Oxford from the land and the water on the same day. You’ll save hours shortlisting the city’s top sites by having a guide to show you around instead. The guided walking tour takes you past top city sites including Oxford University, Harry Potter filming locations, and Christ Church Meadow. A highlight of the tour is a boat trip, where you can choose to row yourself or have a chauffeur to punt for you.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.47
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Movie Locations Oxford Walking Tour

Movie Locations Oxford Walking Tour

Lose yourself in the magical world of Harry Potter on this 2-hour walking tour of Oxford. With an expert guide and a small group of fellow Muggles, visit filming locations from the Harry Potter movies; tour Oxford landmarks such as New College and The Bodleian Library; and follow in the footsteps of favourite characters like Ron, Hermione, and Dumbledore.
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  • 2 hours
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$257.21
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Bespoke Oxford Walking Tour with a Private Guide

Bespoke Oxford Walking Tour with a Private Guide

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Explore the university city of Oxford with your own private guide, and discover the history behind its standout sights such as the Bodleian Library, Bridge of Sighs, and the Sheldonian Theatre. With your guide, you’ll also see some of the famous university colleges, and learn about the institution’s history from its humble roots to its worldwide prestige today.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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$189.40
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Oxford Christian History Tour

Oxford Christian History Tour

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See a different side to popular Oxford during this comprehensive walking tour which provides a great introduction to the city itself, while also emphasizing the city’s Christian legacy and history, something few travelers get to explore in depth. Listen to stories from your guide about the Oxford Martyrs, Queen Mary Tudor, and even Harry Potter, as you pass by significant buildings.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$43.04
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Spencer’s Tour for Oxford (Private, all proceeds to Oxford charities)

Spencer’s Tour for Oxford (Private, all proceeds to Oxford charities)

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100% of your booking fee will be donated to two Oxfordshire-based charities, supporting vulnerable individuals facing homelessness and addiction in the city. The city of Oxford is commonly considered as being divided into two groups: the Town (local residents) and the Gown (students of the University). While I am certainly a ‘townie’, both my girlfriend and sister are studying doctorates at the University of Oxford. This gives me a unique perspective on both sides of the community and the city, and I will share it with you in a tour so entertaining and memorable that you will wish you lived here, or your money back! We’ll cover as much as we can in 90 minutes. If you wish to continue the tour, I’m happy to discuss extending it where possible. Please note that entry fees are not included, though they are not necessary for a fantastic tour.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$79.14
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Inspector Morse Filming Locations Walking Tour in Oxford

Inspector Morse Filming Locations Walking Tour in Oxford

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Visit filming locations from the British television series 'Inspector Morse,' as well as spin-offs 'Lewis' and 'Endeavour,' on this Oxford walking tour. With a guide, learn about the making of the detective show and visit Oxford University colleges to gain insight into what it might be like to be a student here. End with an invitation to solve a murder mystery at one of Morse's favorite pubs. Entrance fees to university locations are included; drinks are not.
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  • 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 10 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$32.96
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 Student-Guided Oxford University & City Tour

Student-Guided Oxford University & City Tour

Our University of Oxford student guide will take you on an enthralling journey through time as we recount to you the fascinating story of Oxford and its illustrious university. Enjoy famous anecdotes and insights into student life from a real Oxford University student.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$19.13
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Improve your confidence in speaking English on 2-weekend courses in Oxford, UK.

Improve your confidence in speaking English on 2-weekend courses in Oxford, UK.

English speaking course designed especially to improve your confidence in the real world. 8 hours spread over two weekends for you to boost your language skills. Experienced, highly-qualified teacher to provide professional help and feedback for future self study. Competitive price for excellent service.
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  • 8 hours
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$147.73
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Private Oxford Food and Sightseeing Tour

Private Oxford Food and Sightseeing Tour

Discover Oxford’s diverse foodie scene with a private introduction to one of England’s most cosmopolitan cities. This 2.5-hour tapas tasting tour will introduce you to some of the city’s best cuisine, stopping at street food stalls, artisan shops, and markets, where you can sample an array of regional delicacies and international foods.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$197.85
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Oxford Combined Cycle Walking Tour- Saturdays Only Minimum 3 persons to book

Oxford Combined Cycle Walking Tour- Saturdays Only Minimum 3 persons to book

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Explore more of Oxford’s University buildings, riverside parks, and picturesque countryside on this small-group half-day bike tour. Admire city landmarks such as the Bodleian Library and Christchurch; cycle along the scenic River Thames Path; and visit local villages such as Iffley, Binsey, and Old Marston.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$65.94
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Private Oxford Bicycle Tour - available to book daily

Private Oxford Bicycle Tour - available to book daily

COVID19 NOTICE: Currently all university colleges are still closed to the public but you will see & hear lots about the colleges on the tour route. The best way to see Oxford is on a bicycle on this private bicycle tour along the River Thames Path. In fact, bikes are the locals' favourite way to get around the city as the compact Oxford is not very car-friendly. Default start time is 12.00 but you may request any start time from 12.00 until 14.30 start time. The tour lasts for 3-4 hours, including a guided tour plus bike set up time and a refreshments stop. The route covers both the city's sights and stories with a college entrance fee and a relaxing cycle along the River Thames to Iffley or Binsey Village.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$101.47
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