THE BEST WAY TO DISCOVER OXFORD.
Oxford Tour Guides specialise in private or group tours with a guide exclusively for you, on a date and time to suit. The most popular tour is the general tour lasting either 90 minutes or 2 hours. We will show you the main sights of the University and City including Radcliffe Square, the Sheldonian Theatre, The Bridge of Sighs, the Bodleian library, the Divinity School, the University Church and you will visit a college (subject to availability).
It covers many stories and traditions. For example find out why there is a nude man on the top of a building in Broad Street? Or why is Christ Church time always 5 minutes late? When did women first get their degrees at Oxford? We will also help you plan the rest of your visit and suggest other places to see or restaurants and pubs of interest.
OXFORD TOUR GUIDES WILL TAILOR YOUR TOUR ACCORDING TO YOUR INTERESTS.
Please do contact Sandra for a discussion about planning your visit. We can arrange tours of any length of time whether it is an hour or up to a whole day. To get the most out of your visit if time is short, we think a 2 hour or 90 minute tour is good.
We will meet you at a central meeting point that suits you but generally the Martyrs Memorial is easy to find or the junction of Catte Street and Broad street (see map). Come prepared for the weather and wear comfortable footwear. The tour will involve about 1.5 miles of walking mainly on the flat but sometimes requires steps up into colleges or other buildings.
Please advise us in advance if there are wheelchair users so we can plan accordingly
- not all buildings are easily accessible.
Group sizes can vary from a small family and friends group to corporate, conferences, schools or larger groups. Generally the maximum number in a group per guide is 19/20. We limit the numbers because we feel that it is important that you can see and hear the guide but also to take into account of health and safety, as Oxford has a number of narrow streets.
Please note that colleges limit the numbers they will admit and 14 is an ideal size. For larger groups more guides can be provided. If no colleges are to be visited then we can accommodate up to 25 people per guide.
ACCESS TO COLLEGES
The Oxford Colleges and University buildings are all fully operational institutions and whilst they welcome visitors, we have to respect their opening arrangements. There are some days in the year when there is limited access due to university ceremonies or open days or other events taking place.
We will do what we can to take visitors into a college on the tour but it may not always be possible but even if no college is available you will still have a great tour. Generally there are more colleges open in the afternoons than in the mornings. We recommend also going in to the historic 15th century Divinity School on the general tour and there is a small charge for entry.
COST OF GENERAL TOURS
Your tour is a personalized one and depends on the size of the group and the length of the tour which usually lasts 90 minutes or two hours. We can give you a price when we discuss your requirements with you.
Generally this will be from £95 upwards.
Rates may be higher for tours requiring specialist knowledge or significant preparation time. We charge £10 extra for public holidays in the UK and for Christmas Day the fee is double.
Many Colleges and University buildings such as the Divinity School charge for entry and this can vary from £1 up to £8/£9 per person for entry to Christ Church. These charges are in addition to the guide’s fee and some , such as Christ Church, can be booked in advance but most are payable on the day.
It is advisable for clients to book tickets for Christ Church directly in advance, especially if the group is 15 or more. For smaller groups then tickets can usually be booked a week before. Visit www.chch.ox.ac.uk for more information.