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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.

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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
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Christ Church Harry Potter PUBLIC 10am tour from July 2022 only

Christ Church Harry Potter PUBLIC 10am tour from July 2022 only

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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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Oxford Harry Potter Insights - PUBLIC tour entry to Divinity School (90 minutes)

Oxford Harry Potter Insights - PUBLIC tour entry to Divinity School (90 minutes)

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NOTICE: On any dates when Divinity school is closed, the tour will instead visit New college film site at an extra cost to pay of £5 per person on the day. How does studying at Oxford University compare with studying at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Fun tour for Muggles of all ages. Guide will cater the tour according to everyone's interests, introducing also Oxford heritage.  Calling all fans of the world’s favourite wizard, this Oxford walking tour takes you to recognizable locations of the Harry Potter films. During this family-friendly tour, see the grand buildings of Oxford University and see inside the Divinity School—which featured as the infirmary & classroom space in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Learn of other literary legends that attended Oxford University. Tour includes entry worth £2.50 per person inside the Divinity school at the Bodleian Library. Tour lasts average 90 minutes.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Oxford City and University Walking SMALL GROUP Tour

Oxford City and University Walking SMALL GROUP Tour

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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 20 minutes to 2 hours
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Oxford Official University & City Tour
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Oxford Official University & City Tour

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Follow in the footsteps of famous former residents like J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis—and discover many of Oxford’s top landmarks in just a couple hours—on this introductory walking tour. Meet your group in central Oxford, and set off on foot. You’ll see key attractions like the Bodleian Library and Sheldonian Theatre, will explore the university area, and will even visit one of its elegant colleges. As you go, your guide will share insider stories about Oxford’s history.
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  • 2 hours
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Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Along The University Regatta Course
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Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Along The University Regatta Course

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Explore Oxford University’s famous regatta course on this 50-minute Thames River sightseeing cruise in Oxford. Hop aboard your sightseeing vessel in the heart of Oxford and cruise out onto the famous waterway. Listen as your guide sheds light on the city’s rich history, and discover local landmarks such as Folly Bridge, Christchurch College, the Oxford University boathouses and the Meadows. Share the waters with rowing eights, punts, university boats and cruisers, and watch the banks for sightings of native river wildlife.
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  • 50 minutes
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1.5-hour Oxford University and Colleges Walking Tour

1.5-hour Oxford University and Colleges Walking Tour

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Oxford University is one of the world’s most famous universities and this 90-minute walking tour takes you behind the scenes of its historic colleges. Follow in the footsteps of alumni such as Stephen Hawking, Albert Einstein, and J.R.R. Tolkien; admire architectural landmarks such as Trinity College, New College and the Radcliffe Camera; and peek inside the colleges, chapels, and halls.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

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Experience one of the world’s greatest university cities on this hop-on hop-off Oxford bus tour. With a 24- or 48-hour pass, design a personalized itinerary with several possible stops including the University of Oxford buildings (some featured in the 'Harry Potter' films), Oxford Castle, and Bodleian Library, one of the world’s oldest public libraries. Enjoy unobstructed views from the open-top viewing deck and fun onboard commentary as you savor this elegant city.
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  • 1 hour
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Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church
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Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church

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Discover the Harry Potter movie locations of Oxford on this walking tour. Visit the famous Bodleian Library to see the hall used as Hogwarts’ Infirmary in many movies, and view other locations in one or two of Oxford’s oldest colleges. As you walk, enjoy a fun Harry Potter quiz, and learn about Oxford University and other famous children’s books written in the city. Entrance fees to the Bodleian and select colleges are included.
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  • 2 hours
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Oxford Sightseeing Picnic River Cruise
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Oxford Sightseeing Picnic River Cruise

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Explore one of England’s most ancient cities on this 2.5-hour sightseeing river cruise in Oxford. Cruise onto the tranquil Thames River as your skipper points out places of interest such as Christchurch College, the Meadows, the Oxford University boathouses, Osney Island, Port Meadow and Folly Bridge. See a side of Oxford's rich heritage that many visitors miss, and discover sites made famous by authors including Lewis Carroll and C S Lewis. Stop off along the way for a delicious picnic of delicacies such as potted salmon and Mediterranean vegetable loaf.
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  • 3 hours
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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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'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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  • 1 hour 45 minutes
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Sundowner Cruise with Three Course Riverside Dining
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Sundowner Cruise with Three Course Riverside Dining

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Make unforgettable memories in the heart of Oxford on this 2-hour dining experience with evening cruise. Step aboard your vessel as the sun slowly sinks on the horizon, and cruise out onto the Thames River. Sip chilled Prosecco as you wind your way along the tranquil waterway, and gaze out over Christchurch Meadows and the university boathouses. Afterwards, alight at the mooring outside The Folly restaurant and follow the candles and fairy lights to your table. Then, enjoy a delicious 3-course a la carte dinner in the restaurant’s romantic surroundings. 
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise in Oxford
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Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise in Oxford

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Set sail for a romantic cruise through the heart of Oxford on this 1.5-hour sightseeing cruise, including afternoon tea served on-board. Tuck into traditional English teatime treats like finger sandwiches and scones with jam and clotted cream, as you glide downstream. Following a scenic route along the University Regatta Course, you’ll discover Oxford’s surprising greenery and enjoy marvelous views of the University Boat Houses, Christ Church Meadows and Iffley lock.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Harry Potter 2 hour PUBLIC Tour + Self Guided Entry to Christ church

Harry Potter 2 hour PUBLIC Tour + Self Guided Entry to Christ church

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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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  • 3 hours
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London

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Discover some of southern England’s most visited spots on this day trip from London. Delve into the history of the British Royal Family on an audio guided tour of Windsor Castle, one of Queen Elizabeth II’s official residences. Unearth Neolithic secrets at Stonehenge, the UNESCO-listed stone circle that dates back thousands of years. Then explore Christchurch College, the Bodleian Library, and other renowned university buildings during a guided Oxford city tour.
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  • 11 hours 30 minutes
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Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London
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Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London

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Take a day out of your London city break to visit Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and Warwick Castle, traveling to three of England’s most-popular locations. Begin with a tour of Warwick Castle before heading to Stratford-upon-Avon, William Shakespeare's birthplace. Then explore Oxford and its university buildings, and drive through the Cotsworlds, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London

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See three of England’s architectural treasures on a full-day trip to Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford from London. First, check out Windsor Castle, second home to the Queen of England, and opt to upgrade with a guided tour of the castle’s opulent interior. Next, head to Stonehenge to uncover the mystery behind this UNESCO-listed site, and then explore the canals of Oxford on a complimentary walking tour of the city. Upgrade to include entrance fees, or enjoy the flexibility of deciding on the day which attractions you'd like to visit.
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  • 11 hours 30 minutes
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter and Oxford Day Trip
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter and Oxford Day Trip

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Enter the magical world of Harry Potter, everyone’s favorite boy wizard, on this day trip to Oxford and the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London—The Making of Harry Potter. First, travel to Oxford and visit the Bodleian Library, Christ Church College, and other famous University of Oxford buildings. Then, wander around original sets, see costumes and props worn by Dumbledore, Hagrid, Harry, Ron, Hermione, and others, and uncover the on-screen wizardry used to bring J.K. Rowling’s best-selling books to the silver screen. Round-trip coach transportation from London is included.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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The Inklings Oxford Writers Tour - Private Groups Daily

The Inklings Oxford Writers Tour - Private Groups Daily

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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
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Windsor Castle, Oxford and Stonehenge Tour from London
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Windsor Castle, Oxford and Stonehenge Tour from London

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Combine three popular attractions on one convenient day tour of Oxford, Windsor, and Stonehenge from London. First up is the magnificent royal residence of Windsor Castle, where you can admire the lavish State Rooms and walk the historic ramparts. Next, be awed by the towering monument of Stonehenge, which dates back to 2,000 BC, but remains shrouded in mystery. Finally, enjoy a guided walking tour of Oxford and see the world-renowned university colleges, where notable alumni include Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde, and Stephen Hawking.
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  • 10 hours 30 minutes
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Small Group Cotswolds Villages, Stratford and Oxford Day Tour from London
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Small Group Cotswolds Villages, Stratford and Oxford Day Tour from London

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Escape to the countryside on this full-day tour of Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the Cotswolds from London. Follow in the footsteps of Shakespeare as you visit his birthplace in Stratford-Upon-Avon, stop for photos in the idyllic villages of the Cotswolds, then enjoy a walking tour of Oxford, home to the world’s oldest university.
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  • 11 hours
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Inspector Morse Oxford SMALL GROUP Tour

Inspector Morse Oxford SMALL GROUP Tour

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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
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Oxford and Cambridge Universities Day Tour from London
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Oxford and Cambridge Universities Day Tour from London

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Keen to visit Oxford or Cambridge? Then explore both age-old university cities in in one day on this illuminating trip from London. With an expert guide, take a walking tour around the historical colleges of Oxford, famous as the ‘city of dreaming spires.’ Admire hushed courtyards and showpieces including the Bodleian Library, and hear about past scholars such as Bill Clinton. Continue to the university city of Cambridge on the Cam River and take a stroll around its finest college buildings, including the splendid King’s College and Bridge of Sighs.
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  • 10 hours
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Oxford University Walking Tour With University Alumni Guide
"Guide was excellent!! Had enough interesting historical facts accompanied by stories which kept the tour fascinating"..."
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Christ Church Harry Potter PUBLIC 10am tour from July 2022 only
"Michel was informative and helpful. Everything we could ask. He was knowledgeable about the subject and explained clearly. Very much enjoyed."..."
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Oxford Harry Potter Insights - PUBLIC tour entry to Divinity School (90 minutes)
"Peter thorn is an excellent guide. We were very happy to have done the tour with him. So many stores, so many small details and secrets he knew! And as a proud Oxford-grafuate he took us around many special places! We would recommend him to everyone visiting oxford!"..."
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Oxford City and University Walking SMALL GROUP Tour
"In addition to learning more about the history of Oxford and its environs, we especially liked the description of Oxford’s influences on writers, poets, and artists, such as Tolkien, Carroll, and Rowling. Peter was very personable and provided us with little chocolate treats. Lots of connections to films, which we personally found very interesting. Because we had expressed on interest in the Harry Potter films, he also brought a hat and wand. He also took lots of photos of the two of us before some of the sites."..."
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Oxford Official University & City Tour
"Lucy was fantastic….fun, knowledgeable….would highly recommend. 2 hours was perfect for a day trip…gave us time to explore on our own…thanks!"..."
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Oxford Sightseeing River Cruise Along The University Regatta Course
"We were a group of 10 friends enjoying a reunion in Oxford 28th April. We all thoroughly enjoyed our trip up the river guided by Evie. She pointed out all the relevant sites and she was also quite entertaining. We would definitely recommend this trip as a bit different. As a tip try to suss out the pick up point in plenty of time. The Folly restaurant looks very smart it is a pity we did not have time to eat there but we did have a coffee."..."
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1.5-hour Oxford University and Colleges Walking Tour
"Our guide Simon was lovely, friendly and very knowledgeable. Really enjoyed it and learnt a lot. Perfect birthday treat"..."
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City Sightseeing Oxford Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
"Excellent experience, driver so polite and patience, dealing with busy traffic. Oxford is a nice city. I really enjoyed so much."..."
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Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church
"The trip was organized for our 2 granddaughters aged 15 & 13. Both avid & knowledgeable Harry Potter fans. (They absolutely loved it!) We were lucky to have beautiful weather on a Sunday when Oxford was not ever so busy. Also our guide was superb. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable."..."
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Oxford Sightseeing Picnic River Cruise
"Thie rivercruise was a very wonderful happening. The skipper had so much to tell about the cruise, area, river and history. I really recommend this cruise for all visitors to Oxford."..."
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Private Oxford Walking Tour for the Discerning Traveler
"Our guide Chris Peter's was pleasant, approachable and extremely knowledgable of all all things Oxford. Would highly recommend."..."
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'Inspector Morse,' 'Lewis,' and 'Endeavour' Walking Tour of Oxford
"We had a entertaining guide, Elizabeth, who knew many of the actors on the series and was happy to share her anecdotes. It’s a good idea to catch up with the programs I’d you want to get the most from the tour."..."
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Sundowner Cruise with Three Course Riverside Dining
"Great time on the river cruise and a top notch meal afterwards in a beautiful setting. The 3 course dinner was fine dining and excellent."..."
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Afternoon Tea Sightseeing River Cruise in Oxford
"Wonderful boat tour along the Thames. It was a beautiful sunny day with lots of student rowing teams on the water. Captain Jack was very informative. The food and tea were really good too."..."
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Harry Potter 2 hour PUBLIC Tour + Self Guided Entry to Christ church
"We went on the 3 hour HP tour with Prof. Michiel. He was knowledgeable of the film locations. Unfortunately the Divinity school and the dining hall at New College was closed on the day we visited."..."
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
"Godfrey & Christine were amazing hosts. They kept us on schedule, informed and shared wonderful stories and recommendations. The sites were amazing as well!"..."
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Oxford, Cotswolds, Stratford-upon-Avon and Warwick Castle Day Trip from London
"Loved Warwick Castle! Some armor, bed chambers, portraits, tapestries, working models making arrows, horseshoes, etc. Climb up the towers and climb down into the gaol, or dungeon. Grounds were beautiful! Shakespeare birth house very interesting while good pubs around for lunch. Walking a bit in Oxford was good as well."..."
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Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, and Oxford Day Trip from London
"Had a lovely day seeing these sites I have visited them before 10 years ago, but things change so it's nice to go again. Would recommend to anyone for a chance to get outside London, see the countryside and see more of what England has to offer."..."
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Warner Bros. Studio Tour London - The Making of Harry Potter and Oxford Day Trip
"Coach was luxurious. My guide and bus driver were lovely. Valetine was a great story teller and has excellent pronunciation for non English speakers. Debbie in Oxford was a phenomenal explainer. So satisfied"..."
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The Inklings Oxford Writers Tour - Private Groups Daily
"Fantastic tour, with excellent hidden secrets, literary pondering and delightful walks. We thoroughly enjoyed and will be back again!"..."
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Windsor Castle, Oxford and Stonehenge Tour from London
"Great tour and tour guide. Only drawback is not a lot of free time at each location, but still recommend."..."
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Small Group Cotswolds Villages, Stratford and Oxford Day Tour from London
"Andy was too good in sharing the details and related history with us. Value the experience and the time spent."..."
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Inspector Morse Oxford SMALL GROUP Tour
"Alasdair was a knowledgeable and engaging guide and made the tour interesting. We would definitely recommend this tour if you are a Morse fan or if you just want to see more of Oxford itself."..."
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Oxford and Cambridge Universities Day Tour from London
"Great tour - the tour guide was great and really made the day interesting and informative."..."
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