What is it? A behind-the-scenes tour of the university’s colleges, quads and libraries led by those who know it best – its students and alumni.
Why go? Didn’t make the cut for the UK’s most prestigious university? Don’t worry, you can still see its hallowed halls, hushed quads and candle-lit chapels on this walking tour that explores its history, ceremonies and weird traditions as well as offering a personal account of what it’s like to study here.
Offering all the hushed quods, august architecture and leafy green waterways an A* student could ask for, Oxford also has a grittier side with a rich industrial past and a taut relationship between town and gown. Walk the city streets and it’s the glut of listed buildings, network of cobbled laneways, and canals and backwaters that immediately impress. You can visit colleges, libraries and chapels where prime ministers, Noble prize winners and literary giants spent their formative years, wobble down the river in a punt, or check out the best museums in Oxford where the exhibits rival London’s finest.
When you’re done, sink a pint in a medieval pub, dine in a clutch of new restaurants seeing off the conservative old timers, or check out our list of the best things to do in Oxford to find perennial favourites as well as the hottest things to do right now.
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