University and City Tour

Focuses on some of the main sights, including a college and the ‘Ancient Heart of the University’ with the Bodleian Library and Divinity School, and Radcliffe Square. Explains the development of the University and the Colleges and what student life is like today, while highlighting some of the personalities, ideas and whole movements to have come out of Oxford.

Literary Tour

Covering authors, their haunts and their inspirations, from Lewis Carroll to JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis; Percy Shelley to Philip Pullman; Thomas Hardy to TE Lawrence; and Jonathan Swift to Evelyn Waugh. Finishes in the ‘Eagle and Child’ pub (otherwise known as the ‘Bird and Babe’).

Science Tour

Tracing developments from the experiments of Roger Bacon to the development of penicillin and beyond, taking in Robert Hooke and his microscope, Edmund Halley and his telescope, as well as William Harvey, Christopher Wren, Dorothy Hodgkin and more. Includes a visit to the University Museum.

Nature Ramble

A walk along some of Oxford’s backwaters, from the Castle to the Canal, across the vast expanse of Port Meadow to the River Thames, and lunch in a famous Thames-side pub.


A visit to one of the finest palaces in all England, built by Sir John Vanburgh as home to the Dukes of Marlborough and later birthplace of Winston Churchill. Includes a guided tour of the palace itself, plus time to wander in the extensive grounds, created by master landscape architect Lancelot Capability Brown.