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Institute of Tourists Guiding

MR 04676

Oxford Town Tours

The city of dreaming spires

Get to know the beautiful streets of Britain's oldest university city

The ancient University city of Oxford has so, so much to offer, and many people offer tours.  Why us?  Our guides have been specifically trained to guide in Oxford and know the city intimately.

See Matthew Arnold’s “Dreaming Spires” at close quarters as we also discover the Martyrs’ Memorial, famous places like the Ashmolean Museum, the Bodleian Library, Christchurch, an abundance of Lewises, and peep into a college or two.

Customise your tour

Create your ideal day by selecting any of the options from the table below. Choose from distance, time or types of activity. At any point, feel free to get in touch and we will help you build the perfect tour for you and your group.

Type of activityApproximate lengthAbility
Oxford highlights
90 minutes (1 mile, 1.5 kilometres)
Gentle - for all abilities and ages
The heart of the University
2 hours (2 miles, 3 kilometres)
Medium - average level of fitness
Exploring town and gown
Half day, up to 4 hours (3 to 4 miles, 5 to 7 kilometres)
Medium - good level of fitness
A full day in Oxford
Full day, up to 9 hours (distance variable)
Advanced - higher level of fitness

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What can we squeeze into your tour?

In a 90 minute walking tour we will be able to see the main sights in the centre of the city, High Street, the University Church, Radcliffe Square, the Bodleian Library’s Schools Quadrangle, the Shedonian Theatre, and Broad Street.

In two hours we can extend that further, perhaps to the Carfax, the Covered Market, or the Martyr’s Memorial, or include a brief visit to one of the Oxford Colleges.

Half a day gives us time to explore a college more thoroughly, as well as see some of the slightly further distant sights including St. Giles, New College Lane, Magdalen College, Tom Tower, Christchurch Meadows, or the canal and river frontages.

In a full day Oxford is our oyster.  We can combine any of the above, with visits to a choice of places including the Ashmolean Museum or one of many other museums, Oxford Castle, the Botanic Gardens,  or a boat trip along the Isis.

And yet, we have still barely scratched the surface.  Contact us to create a unique tour for you.

Here is just a glimpse of what Oxford has to offer:

Qualifications and accreditations

  • Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding
  • Member of the British Guild of Tourist Guides
  • Blue Badge Guide for South and South East England 2011
  • Blue Badge Guide for South West England 2014
  • Ambassador for the Great West Way
  • Member of Midsomer Tours
  • Guiding endorsement for Windsor and Eton
  • Member of Visit Thames

Lin Wilson

Solent Events & Leisure

Thanks Graham and thank you for a superb tour yesterday. It was both interesting and amusing which we love! Everyone really enjoyed the whole day and are now eager to book my next one, which is great.

British visitor


You cannot imagine what a wonderful time I had on Monday on the canal walk which you recommended! Thank you so much.

Andrew Lannerd

Transcendent Travel

For the past few years, Graham and the team at Tours 2 order have offered my clients a friendly, behind-the-scenes look at a variety of locations. I cannot recommend them enough for their professionalism, knowledge and approach, which is always well-received by my guests.

HF Holidays guest

Excellent leader. Did his best to make the holiday as good as possible for each one of the guests.

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