Oxford University Tours
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University of Oxford Tours

You don’t need to be a student to see everything Oxford’s famous university has to offer


Time Out says

What is it?

Fascinating glimpses into the innards of various University of Oxford colleges and libraries, home over the years to a great many geniuses.

Is it worth visiting?

If you are a huge fan of Harry Potter, beautiful buildings, or both, this is absolutely worth doing. For anyone who likes Simon Schama documentaries and imagining an alternative universe where they studied at Oxford, it is also essential. If you’re visiting Oxford at your own pace, and want the freedom to roam, you may want to cut loose and do your own thing instead.

Is it free to do?

The University of Oxford doesn’t offer these tours themselves. A few tours, many of them given by current students looking to fill up their CVs, are indeed free. For others you will be expected to pay around £25.

Where’s good to eat nearby?

Because the university’s colleges are spread evenly around the city, you could be feeling peckish anywhere. Most of the action, however, is likely to be not too far from the fantastic Vaults and Garden Café on Radcliffe Square, and the trendy, wisteria-clad restaurant Victor’s is a stone’s throw away from the iconic Christ Church, which only a fool would neglect to include in a tour. 

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