Oxford, City of Dreaming Spires Private Tour

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Activity Level



Religious Heritage, Museums / Culture, Local Experience, Day Trip / Out of Town


Kid Friendly: No. Suitable for mature teenagers who have an interest in history, film and literature.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 6



English (fluent), Italian (conversational)

Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter film settings and many more literary connections

Amazing centre of the Arts and Sciences all within a most beautiful City setting with magnificent architecture. You would think you are in another 'country'. We can visit Christ Church Cathedral--the only Cathedral which serves as both a Cathedral and a University College--dating back to Cardinal Wolsey of Henry VIII's time and where Lewis Carroll wrote his 'Alice in Wonderland' We will pass by film locations of the Harry Potter series. We will see the academic colleges at which 42 British Prime Ministers studied. Historically, Oxford was central to historical events--where Bloody Mary had protestant Bishops executed--where 2 British Civil Wars left their marks-Queen Mathilda in captivity and King Charles I conducting his own Parliament outside of London.
Not forgetting the love story of William Morris and Jane Burden--meeting here in Oxford--he a student, she the beautiful, inspiring stableman's daughter.
Let's not forget the magical walks along the River Isis where we might see the Oxford crew.


We will meet at 9am at Marylebone Station to board a train for Oxford. This one hour train ride provides an opportunity to hear the fascinating history of Oxford. Upon arrival , we will do a walking tour which includes University Colleges, City museums, film locations, a river walk. I can find an interesting tavern with history to enjoy lunch. The afternoon will continue the tour of Oxford. We will see the colleges where British Prime Ministers, famous authors--John Donne, Shelley, John Betjeman (poets), Tolkien (Lord of the Rings), CS Lewis (Alice in Wonderland), Philip Pullman (Dark Materials)have taught or studied. We can see the film settings of JK Rowling's Harry Potter books and/or visit the oldest museum in Britain-the Ashmolean or the quirky Pitt-Rivers Museum, containing cultural artefacts. We can see the site of the Oxford martyrs (burned by Bloody Mary because of their Protestant beliefs)and visit Oxford's Cathedral/College, Christ Church with its beautiful interior before returning to London.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: Marylebone Station. This is a full-day tour of the City of Oxford--approximately 8 hours.
I am willing to collect you from your central London hotel if you would prefer this. It would be best to have an 'oyster card' in order to use the underground or the buses in London.

End location: We would return to London, Marylebone Station at the end of the day. I could accompany you back to your hotel or any other location after the tour.

Duration: 9 hours


We shall be setting off by train from London to Oxford. We shall be doing a walking tour around the City of Oxford to see its Colleges, museums, and architecture.

What’s Included

Services of a Blue Badge qualified guide to lead travellers around the City of Oxford and its University Colleges.

Entry into Oxford's Museums are free--the Ashmolean, the Natural History and the Pitt-Rivers Museums as is entry into most Churches.
The Charge into the Cathedral is not included.

Estimated Local Cash Needed

50 pounds sterling - return train ticket to Oxford, entry to Christ Church Cathedral and other College of choice, food and drink

What’s Extra

Return train tickets to Oxford.

Food and drink.

Cost of entry into Christ Church Cathedral or another College of choice.


I guide using public transport and/or on foot. I can arrange private transport if required.

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