Oxford zealously guards and protects its architectural heritage which boasts one of the finest collections of historical buildings in the United Kingdom and possibly across the Western World. The Diverse Buildings of Oxford Tour takes travellers on a two-hour meander through 1000 years of architectural and social history. Not only do we see some of the most iconic civic and university buildings in Oxford and discuss their origins, the materials they are constructed from, the architects and purpose of their construction but we provide a rich vein of social history of the town and university we feel is quite distinct from what you will find anywhere else.
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Stop At: Carfax Tower, Corner of Carfax and Cornmarket, Oxford OX1 England
Landmark 23m-high bell tower, once part of a 12th-century church, offering city views from the top.
Duration: 2 minutes
Pass By: Oxford Covered Market, Market Street, Oxford OX1 3DZ England
The High Street one of the main shopping streets in Oxford. Lots of tourists, and sightseers. Well worth a visit. The High is a treasure trove of architecture with medieval pubs, Georgian, Regent, Jacobeathan, neo-Classic and Gothic buildings, colleges, and churches.
Stop At: Radcliffe Camera, Radcliffe Square, Oxford OX1 4AJ England
An Iconic Oxford landmark and one the most beautiful buildings in Oxford. Built in 1714 as a science library it lies at the heart of the university surrounded by Brasenose and All Soul's Colleges, the Scholastic Quadrangle and the 11th century St Mary's Church.
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: Bridge of Sighs, New College Ln., Oxford OX1 3BL England
One of the most photographed Oxford City landmarks, the romantic Bridge of Sighs or Hertford Bridge, is a skyway joining two parts of Hertford College over New College Lane. Take in the Sheldonian Theatre, the old Ashmolean Museum, Blackwell's bookshop, the Bodleian Library, the Kings Arms, a 17th century public
house and much more.
Duration: 5 minutes
Pass By: Rhodes House, South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RG England
Walk down South Parks Road, past Wadham and Trinity Colleges observe Rhodes Hose, headquarters of the £100-million Rhodes Scholarship. sitting in the heart of the university Science Quarter. From here we pass the Gothic splendour of the University Museum of Natural History and magnificent Keble College, the first Oxford college to be constructed from bricks.
Pass By: Oxford University Parks, South Lodge South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3RF England
Offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of the City, but conveniently located right at its heart, is the green oasis offered by University Parks. This beautiful space, originally owned by Merton College, was purchased by the University in the 1850s and first laid out as a Park for sports and recreational purposes in 1864.The park is open to the public almost every day of the year until dusk (the only exception being Christmas Eve) and boasts a choice of walks, a large collection of trees and plants and space for informal games and picnics. For sports lovers there’s the opportunity to catch a game of cricket, lacrosse, tennis, football or rugby. Harry Potter fans may even encounter a game of Quidditch in play.
The River Cherwell borders the northeast side of the park with a small plot of land (Mesopotamia) sitting between the upper and lower levels of the river.
Stop At: North Parade Avenue, N Parade Ave, Park Town, Oxford OX2, UK
We walk through North Oxford, a suburban part of the city owned for many centuries largely by St John's College. Many of the area's Victorian houses were initially sold on leasehold by the College to the Dons who, until 1870, were all male, obliged to live in their colleges, remain single and celibate. The houses are largely substantial Victorian Gothic Villas. A 30-minute stopover at the pint-sized Rose and Crown, a traditional university watering hole is an optional extra.
Duration: 30 minutes
Pass By: Blavatnik School of Government, The Radcliffe Observatory Quarter Woodstock Road, Oxford OX2 6GG England
Down Woodstock Road, past the Missionary School, St. Anthony’s, St. Anne’s and Green Templeton Colleges, pass the Grade 1 listed Radcliffe Observatory, the astronomical observatory of the University of Oxford from 1773 until 1934 and the old Radcliffe Infirmary where penicillin was trialled on human beings for the first time into Walton Street to the Blavatnik School of Government one of the University of Oxford's newest and most vibrant departments sitting in 21st century splendour next to the Freud Café a former Greek Orthodox Church in its neo-classic austerity.
Pass By: Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Ashmolean Museum Beaumont Street, Oxford OX1 2PH England
From Walton Street in the suburb of Jericho, home to some fine dining, quaint pubs, coffee shops, and bookstores, we pass the Oxford University Press, Worcester College, some of the buildings of which which date back to the 13th century, the site of Beaumont,
Palace, sadly gone now, but the birth place of Richard the Lion Heart and King John of Magna Carta renown to the world famous Ashmolean Museum, one of the most visited art galleries in the United Kingdom.
Pass By: St. Michael at the Northgate, Cornmarket Street, Oxford OX1 3EY England
From the Ashmolean Museum we pass the Martyrs Monument in Magdalen Street and arrive at the Saxon Town, the oldest extant building in Oxford, dating back to 1041, definitely worth a visit for its historical value as well as a great view over the city of Oxford. The Saxon tower marks the end of our journey, just a few steps from our starting point at Carfax.
It is 97 steps to the top of our tower, but don’t worry – they are wide steps and not very steep. There are also some interesting things to view on the way up, so you can stop and rest for a bit.
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Wheelchair accessible
- Stroller accessible
- Service animals allowed
- Near public transportation
- Transportation is wheelchair accessible
- Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
- Most travelers can participate
- This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Face masks provided for travelers
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Social distancing enforced throughout experience
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Guides are able to provide information pertaining to onward transport, accommodation houses etc.
- Entry/Admission - Carfax Tower
1: Carfax Tower, Queen St, Oxford OX1 1ET, UK
2: Martyrs' Memorial, 13 Magdalen St, Oxford OX1 3AE, UK
Returns to original departure point
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