Oxford "The City of Dreaming Spires"

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Tour Number

Activity Level

23704


Categories

City, First Time Visitor, Museums / Culture, Religious Heritage

Details

Kid Friendly: Yes. OK for older children, normally over 12 years old, who are interested in history.
We also visit sites associated with the Harry Potter films.

Friendly: Yes.
The tour would be limited to places accessible to wheelchairs. If you wish to do this tour with a wheelchair please contact me and we can discuss the options.

Maximum travelers: 6

Language(s)

explanation

English (fluent)

A walking tour of Oxford: the city, the University and their historic and literary connections


Lying in the heart of England, Oxford is a lively university town with a wealth of interesting history.

This walking tour of Oxford includes the University (the oldest in the English speaking world), it's ancient colleges, libraries, churches and the Ashmolean museum.

We'll also see the site where the protestant leaders of Reformation were burnt at the stake in 16th century and the College from where Charles 1 ruled during the English Civil War (1642-1646).

Then there are the literary connections. Lewis Carroll, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis were professors at the University, Inspectors Morse and Lewis were based in Oxford and some Hogwarts scenes in Harry Potter were filmed there.

Please be aware: Avoid Monday if you want to combine the tour with a visit to the Ashmolean Museum, as it is closed all day. Avoid Sunday morning if you want to see the main Harry Potter site.

Itinerary

Start at the Ashmolean Museum.

Walk through the centre of the University area, passing the Martyr's Monument, Balliol College, the Sheldonian Theatre, the Bodleian Library, the Turf Tavern and the Radcliffe Camera.

Then on to Christchurch College and Christchurch Meadow.

We will enter Christchurch College and the Divinity School at the Bodliean Library - the entrance fee is not included in the price of the tour.

Because of the restricted opening times of Christchurch College the tour may be taken IN REVERSE.

The full walking tour from the railway station is 6. 5 KM (4 MILES). The tour can be shorter so please let me know your preference.

Because of the walking distance, some locations are optional:
- the High Street to Magdalen College, the River Cherwell and the Botanic Gardens.
- the River Thames and college boathouses.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: At the Ashmolean Museum in the centre of Oxford, the rail or coach station or a city centre hotel.

End location: I will leave you in the centre of Oxford or where we met.

Duration: 3 hours

This tour can start at anytime during the day between 8:00 am to 4:00 pm but best up to 14:00 in order to see Christchurch College.

Transportation

This is a walking tour of the city.
The tour of the university, which is located in the city centre, is up to 2 miles long.
Starting from the railway station, the tour is 2.5 to 3.0 miles depending on the route.

What’s Included

A tour around Oxford including the University Colleges and churches.
If time allows we may also walk to the River Thames and through the Covered Market.

Anne, your guide is fully insured holding professional indemnity and public liability insurance.

What’s Extra

Refreshments

A Recent Review of this tour

Anne customized the tour for us to meet a wide range of interests of our small group. She is thoroughly knowledgeable, personable, and professional. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves and saw so much more of Oxford than we could have managed on our own. Worth every penny. Thank you, Anne!
Natalie Detert

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