This trip is a fantastic day tour to Oxford from London. Explore the famous streets and sights of Oxford that have been made famous in countless films and TV productions including classic TV hit ‘Inspector Morse’ and ‘Lewis’
Explore the University buildings that make up a large part of the city centre and take in some of the outlying areas including views of Oxford Castle and the River Cherwell.
Your professional tour guide will show you around the highlights of the city and give you a historical and contemporary context.
Each private tour is conducted in our premium Mercedes minivans, ensuring your comfort as we venture along the metropolitan streets of London and narrow country lanes of the English countryside.
Your knowledgable private tour guide will tell you the stories and show you the sights on this tour. We offer flexibility and your time inside and outside the vehicle is up to you.
Long day (9am – 8pm)
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- All-inclusive private tour
- Door to door service
- Dedicated private tour guide and driver
- All travel costs
- Luxury Mercedes tour van
- Lunch (we can recommend a place)
- Entrance into attractions & sites
- Gratuities (optional)
KEY SIGHTS ON THIS TOUR…
Oxford offers a seemingly endless collection of fascinating buildings, greens and streets that have been the focal point of some of the worlds great events. The university was founded here almost a millennium ago and is the oldest university in the oldest university in the English speaking world.
After departing London we’ll take the 60 mile journey northwest through the countryside of the Chiltern Hills to Oxford.
Established in 1096 the 45 colleges of Oxford have educated some of the world’s greatest minds including J.R.R Tolkien, Oscar Wilde and Stephen Hawking. It has also seen its fair share of famous alumni including Rupert Murdoch, High Grant, former British Prime Minister David Cameron and current PM Boris Johnston.
The best way to see Oxford is on foot and your guide will lead your group through the streets and colleges and introduce you the city. You’ll visit sites including the grand Radcliffe Camera, a library and centre of learning dating back to 1737.
The library’s construction and maintenance was funded from the estate of John Radcliffe, a physician who left £40k on his death in 1714. The building is the earliest example of a circular library in England was competed in 1748, although opening was delayed until 13 April 1749 due to civil unrest. It houses books relating to the Science of Physics, Anatomy, Botany, Surgery and Philosophy.
We’ll explore the various colleges that make up the university quarter of Oxford including New College (1379), All Souls College (1438) The Bodleian Quad and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin.
Bridge of Sighs
With more than a passing resemblance to its namesake in Venice, Oxford’s version spans a lane rather than a canal but it’s one of the most architecturally significant buildings in Oxford. The bridge links the Old and New Quadrangles of Hertford College and is a relatively new addition to the city, being completed in 1914.
Oxford Castle & Prison
Oxford Castle is a partly ruined Norman medieval castle a cannonballs length from the city centre. Built in the mid 11th c, by the 14th century the castle was redundant and the site became used as administration offices and as a prison.
At the top of the 101 steps of St George’s Tower are fantastic views across the city. Previously though to be a later addition to the castle, it is now believed to pre-date it and was actually a watch tower at the original Saxon west gate of the old walled city.
Most of the castle was destroyed in the English Civil War (1642 – 1651) and by the 18th century the remains were rebuilt to form Her Majesty’s Oxford Prison. The prison closed in 1996 and was redeveloped as a hotel and visitor attraction. We can explore those prison cells and visit the underground Crypt built in 1794 using 11th-century Norman columns.
We’ll also have time to relax and soak up the atmosphere in town and your guide can recommend good eateries and shopping opportunities if required.
SUGGESTED TOUR ROUTE…
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- Distance Instructions
- Distance 57 miles
- Time 1 h 25 min
- Speed 40 mph
- Min altitude 0 ft
- Peak 0 ft
- Climb 0 ft
- Descent 0 ft
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Premium still and sparkling water is provided in glass bottles
PREMIUM MERCEDES MINIVAN
Our minivans offer luxury interiors and excellent legroom for up to 7 people and their bags
Stay connected to friends and family on tour with unlimited super-fast wifi
RECENT CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS
Our tour was a wonderful and immersive experience with Hazel, who has a wealth of historical knowledge! Tremendously affable, she took us to several unexpected points of Outlander related interest, a delicious place for lunch and our private tour felt like spending the day with [...]
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We actually took the full day tour and I can't say enough good things about our tour experience and, more importantly, our guide Alexander (Sandy). He was top notch. He immediately made us feel at home. Alexander was down to earth, funny and SO knowledgeable. [...]
We went on a tour with Hazel today. She was a rock star! We had the best day ever! She was so friendly, knowledgeable and kind! She was very attentive to our interests and we truly enjoyed her company. She’s the best tour guide ever!