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Uncomfortable Oxford Original Tour – by Oxford Students

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Uncomfortable Oxford takes a unique approach to the walking tour format - both fun and thoughtful, we encourage analysis and discussion about uncomfortable subjects within the city.

This discussion-based tour engages with the politics of memory in the city and university. It covers histories of empire, inequality, and race, class, and gender discrimination, highlighting how these legacies have an enduring impact on our modern lives. Discover many of Oxford's major landmarks and venture beyond the material covered by other walking tours.

This tour is run by students from the University of Oxford and lasts for about 1.5hrs.

We will walk no more than two miles, but please be aware that cobble stones and uneven pavement may restrict the accessibility of this event.

About This Deal

This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Carfax Tower, Corner of Carfax and Cornmarket, Oxford OX1 England

Begin the tour with an overview of the historic divide between the town of Oxford and the university.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: University Church of St. Mary the Virgin, St. Marys Church High Street, Oxford OX1 4BJ England

Discuss the controversies surrounding the statue of Cecil Rhodes

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: All Souls College, High Street, Oxford OX1 4AL England

Learn about the connections between All Soul's College and money from slave plantations.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Weston Library, Broad Street Bodleian Library, Oxford OX1 3BG England

Hear the story of Christian Cole, Oxford's first black scholar.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ England

Learn about the struggle for women to join as full members of the University.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Balliol College, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BJ England

Take a look at historic Balliol College, one of the colleges with extensive direct ties to the former British Empire and a tradition of educating Prime Ministers - including Boris Johnson.

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Faculty of History, University of Oxford, 41-47 George St, Oxford OX1 2BE, UK

Sit in the gardens of the Faculty of History in the shadow of the old city wall and learn about Merze Tate, Oxford's first Black female scholar.

Duration: 10 minutes

Pass By: Westgate Oxford, Castle Street Oxford's City Centre, Oxford OX1 1TR England

Finish at the Tirah Memorial across from the Westgate Centre to reflect on memories of empire and memorialisation.

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Maximum 15 people per tour and face masks required unless medically exempt.
  • Oxford University Student Guide

  • Entry/Admission - Balliol College
  • Entry/Admission - Faculty of History, University of Oxford

90 to 100 minutes

Return Details
Bonn Square, Oxford OX1 1LQ, UK

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Fine Print

14-day cancellation rights do not apply; no refunds or exchanges permitted. Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged or redeemed for other dates. Purchaser name and phone number must be provided at checkout; this information will be shared with Viator and the tour operator for purposes of order fulfillment. Groupon promo codes may not be used for this offer. Groupon voucher Terms of Sale do not apply. See the tour operator's terms and conditions for this offer here. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.