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Prospective Oxford Students Entry Advice- Private Group tour

Duration: 120 to 150 minutes
Destination: United Kingdom, England, Oxford
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  • 120 to 150 minutes
  • Oxford
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable

Overview

If you are considering studying at Oxford, then what better way to acquaint yourself with the application process and to find out what student life is like, than to book our private tour plus Q and A session with our Oxford or Cambridge educated university alumni guides?

Expected total activity duration is about 150 minutes walking tour plus up to one hour Q and A session led in person and/or by online process.

Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Pass By: Bridge of Sighs, New College Ln., Oxford OX1 3BL England

This is one of many sights which we pass by on all tours. It was built just over 100 years ago and it connects two parts of Hertford college. Cambridge has a Bridge of Sighs too but this one you can get your photo under, as the one in Cambridge is a bridge over the Cam river.

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

The tour does not visit inside of the library since it's forbidden to guide inside the library but we will introduce it from the outside

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Radcliffe Camera, Radcliffe Square, Oxford OX1 4AJ England

This is the circular reading room of the Bodleian library. Guiding is forbidden inside but we will introduce it from outside

Pass By: Sheldonian Theatre, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ England

This is Christopher Wren's attractive theatre and venue used by the university for graduations and matriculations. Guiding is generally forbidden inside but we will introduce it from outside

Pass By: History of Science Museum, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AZ England

This is Christopher Wren's building and was originally used as the Ashmolean museum. Guiding is forbidden inside but we will introduce it from outside

Pass By: Balliol College, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BJ England

Founded 1263 and famous alumni include 4 prime ministers plus the likes of Adam Smith. This college was founded by John de Balliol, a Scottish noble. This college charges £1-3 per person entry and is typically open 10.30am to 11.45am and then again from 2pm to 4pm.

Where and when open, we can visit inside this college on the tour.

This stop is included on our route and depending on circumstances, we may also visit inside too. Please note that colleges all have their own opening and closing times and they may decide to close for special events. Thus, which colleges we visit on the day, may vary but any prior specific requests will decide which specific colleges to enter.

If there are any entry fees to enter any colleges, these will always be included in the tour ticket price.

Pass By: Trinity College, Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BH England

Founded 1555 and famous for its beautiful gardens. This college has a reputation for being a 'posh' college.

This stop is included on our route and depending on circumstances, we may also visit inside too. Please note that colleges all have their own opening and closing times and they may decide to close for special events. Thus, which colleges we visit on the day, may vary but any prior specific requests will decide which specific colleges to enter.

If there are any entry fees to enter any colleges, these will always be included in the tour ticket price.

Pass By: Hertford College, Catte Street, Oxford OX1 3BW England

This college does not normally open to public visitors but if this college is one which you are interested in studying at, we can pre arrange a request to enter.

This stop is included on our route and depending on circumstances, we may also visit inside too. Please note that colleges all have their own opening and closing times and they may decide to close for special events. Thus, which colleges we visit on the day, may vary but any prior specific requests will decide which specific colleges to enter.

If there are any entry fees to enter any colleges, these will always be included in the tour ticket price.

Pass By: Exeter College, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DP England

Exeter college is a free entry college open only 2pm to 4pm and it dates back to 1314. This is where Tolkien studied and Morse was a frequent visitor too. Where and when open, we can visit inside this college on the tour.

This stop is included on our route and depending on circumstances, we may also visit inside too. Please note that colleges all have their own opening and closing times and they may decide to close for special events. Thus, which colleges we visit on the day, may vary but any prior specific requests will decide which specific colleges to enter.

If there are any entry fees to enter any colleges, these will always be included in the tour ticket price.

Pass By: Jesus College, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DW England

Jesus college is where TE Lawrence studied and it has a gorgeous dining hall. Entry is £1-3 per person. Entry into this college could be included in the tour, if you are interested in applying to Jesus- otherwise though, the tour does not normally visit inside.

This stop is included on our route and depending on circumstances, we may also visit inside too. Please note that colleges all have their own opening and closing times and they may decide to close for special events. Thus, which colleges we visit on the day, may vary but any prior specific requests will decide which specific colleges to enter.

If there are any entry fees to enter any colleges, these will always be included in the tour ticket price.

Pass By: Brasenose College, Radcliffe Square, Oxford OX1 4AJ England

Brasenose college was founded in 1509 and famous alumni includes the man who opened Pandora's box viz David Cameron. It is not normally open to the public but with prior notice, we may be able to arrange for you to visit inside.

This stop is included on our route and depending on circumstances, we may also visit inside too. Please note that colleges all have their own opening and closing times and they may decide to close for special events. Thus, which colleges we visit on the day, may vary but any prior specific requests will decide which specific colleges to enter.

If there are any entry fees to enter any colleges, these will always be included in the tour ticket price.

Pass By: All Souls College, High Street, Oxford OX1 4AL England

Good luck with applying to study at All Souls college as they don't take any students. This college is for research fellows only. The college is free entry open only 2pm to 4pm and generally closed every July and August.

This stop is included on our route and depending on circumstances, we may also visit inside too. Please note that colleges all have their own opening and closing times and they may decide to close for special events. Thus, which colleges we visit on the day, may vary but any prior specific requests will decide which specific colleges to enter.

If there are any entry fees to enter any colleges, these will always be included in the tour ticket price.

Pass By: University College, High Street, Oxford OX1 4BH England

University college claims to be the first college founded in 1249. Bill Clinton & CS Lewis studied here. This stop could be included on our route if you request it and depending on circumstances, we may also visit inside too.

Please note that colleges all have their own opening and closing times and they may decide to close for special events. Thus, which colleges we visit on the day, may vary but any prior specific requests will decide which specific colleges to enter.

If there are any entry fees to enter any colleges, these will always be included in the tour ticket price.

Pass By: Merton College, Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JD England

Merton college is a grand old college dating back to 1264. Tolkien taught here. Entry fees cost typically £3-4 per person and this stop could be included on our route. Depending on circumstances, we may also visit inside too if we can arrange it in advance.

Please note that colleges all have their own opening and closing times and they may decide to close for special events. Thus, which colleges we visit on the day, may vary but any prior specific requests will decide which specific colleges to enter.

If there are any entry fees to enter any colleges, these will always be included in the tour ticket price.

Pass By: Queen's College, High Street, Oxford OX1 4AW England

Queens college do not permit visitors but with prior arrangement, we probably can arrange for you to visit inside the college.

This stop could be included on our route and depending on circumstances, we may also visit inside too. Please note that colleges all have their own opening and closing times and they may decide to close for special events. Thus, which colleges we visit on the day, may vary but any prior specific requests will decide which specific colleges to enter.

If there are any entry fees to enter any colleges, these will always be included in the tour ticket price.

Pass By: Corpus Christi College, Merton Street, Oxford OX1 4JF England

Corpus Christi college is famous for 'the Greats' viz the study of Latin. They don't normally permit guiding inside but if you make known in advance an interest to study here, we can probably arrange for free entry.

This stop is included on our route and depending on circumstances, we may also visit inside too. Please note that colleges all have their own opening and closing times and they may decide to close for special events. Thus, which colleges we visit on the day, may vary but any prior specific requests will decide which specific colleges to enter.

If there are any entry fees to enter any colleges, these will always be included in the tour ticket price.

Pass By: St John's College, St. Giles, Oxford OX1 3JP England

St Johns college is free entry between 2pm and 4pm and it's where Tony Blair studied law & rock n'roll. It dates back to 1555 and it has some classic quadfranges and gardens.

This stop is included on our route and depending on circumstances, we may also visit inside too. Please note that colleges all have their own opening and closing times and they may decide to close for special events. Thus, which colleges we visit on the day, may vary but any prior specific requests will decide which specific colleges to enter.

If there are any entry fees to enter any colleges, these will always be included in the tour ticket price.

Pass By: Lincoln College, Turl Street, Oxford OX1 3DR England

Lincoln college is a gorgeous college with ivy quadrangle and a chapel that hosted John Wesley who studied here. Entry is free 2pm to 4pm and weekends mornings too but guiding is not permitted inside, so unless you request to make an appointment to consider studying here, we cannot take you inside.

This stop is included on our route and depending on circumstances, we may also visit inside too. Please note that colleges all have their own opening and closing times and they may decide to close for special events. Thus, which colleges we visit on the day, may vary but any prior specific requests will decide which specific colleges to enter.

If there are any entry fees to enter any colleges, these will always be included in the tour ticket price.

Pass By: St Edmund Hall, Queens Lane, Oxford OX1 4AR England

The oldest and the newest college/hall of Oxford. Guiding is not permitted inside but we could probably arrange to visit inside with prior arrangement for an interest made known to study here.

This stop could be included on our route and depending on circumstances, we may also visit inside too. Please note that colleges all have their own opening and closing times and they may decide to close for special events. Thus, which colleges we visit on the day, may vary but any prior specific requests will decide which specific colleges to enter.

If there are any entry fees to enter any colleges, these will always be included in the tour ticket price.

Pass By: Oriel College, Oriel Square, Oxford OX1 4EW England

Oriel college does not normally open to visitors but with prior notice and arrangement, we probably can arrange to visit inside.

This stop is included on our route and depending on circumstances, we may also visit inside too. Please note that colleges all have their own opening and closing times and they may decide to close for special events. Thus, which colleges we visit on the day, may vary but any prior specific requests will decide which specific colleges to enter.

If there are any entry fees to enter any colleges, these will always be included in the tour ticket price.

Pass By: Magdalen College, High Street, Oxford OX1 4AU England

Which colleges we visit inside of will vary from day to day and according to any prior requests made known to us. Magdalen is usually open from 10am to last entry 6.30pm and costs £8 entry per person. Entry is not included in the tour- unless you make a prior request known of interest to study here and then we can probably arrange for free entry inside the college.

Magdalen is a little further walking distance to get to than other colleges so we likely will not walk to Magdalen or visit inside of it, unless you specifically request us to do so.

Inclusions
  • Entry inside one or more colleges but these are subject to which colleges may be open on the day
  • Which colleges we enter will vary according to your prior request and what's open on the day.

Exclusions
  • No entry inside the Bodleian library or inside Christ church
  • Some colleges don't open to the public but may open by prior arrangement for prospective students
  • Christmas Closures: colleges usually close from about Dec 21 to January 2
  • On any graduation dates below, some or all colleges may be closed:
  • 2024 Graduation dates:
  • January 20, Feb 24, March 2, May 11, May 18 of 2024
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
Departure Point

15 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK


Return Details

Returns to original departure point

Voucher info

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Duration

120 to 150 minutes


User's Reviews

C294VEbarryr

12 Feb, 2024

Peter was exceptional, so knowledgeable and a hoot. We booked last minute as we happened to be in the country and he could not have been any more accommodating. Peter was very flexible and adapted the tour to meet some of my daughters preferences when considering Oxford for college. He weaved in lots of historical references, plenty of Harry Potter and his own uni anecdotes. It rained throughout and we didn't care - it was a lot of fun. Thank you.

J5414JIjamese

17 Mar, 2023

Murray was absolutely fantastic!! He was so friendly, wonderfully informative, and deeply interested in showing us all the highlights and inside details of Oxford University. We would highly recommend him as a favored guide!! We could have spent all day with him and gotten a beer afterwards!!! Tremendous experience!! Thank you!!

F9443HVadrianag

22 Aug, 2022

We enjoyed so much the tour that Peter gave us. It was fun and interesting. We add a visit to Belheim Palace and it was an excellent recommendation, the place and the state are beautiful.

724brip

09 Aug, 2022

Oxford was the first leg of our family roadtrip this summer. We were keen to pack in as much as possible to our one day stay so needed a local guide to help us take in the sights and history of this beautiful city. We have two teenage boys and thought it a good opportunity to have them perhaps inspired academically too, so my wife booked a "private oxford students tour with entrance advice session" through tripadvisor for just the four of us. Alasdair contacted us soon after booking to ask what my son's subject of interest was. Whilst my eldest son has just completed his gcse's with only a vague notion that he might be interested in psychology for uni, and we would have been more than happy with some general insights into student life, we were most impressed that our guide turned out to be Johannes, a 3rd year psychology undergraduate. Johannes' tour was absolutely brilliant, taking in many interesting sites. He was knowledgeable and engageing; answering all of our questions be they touristy, university, subject or course related. My younger son is a bit of a film buff so was engrossed by all the Harry Potter and C.S. Lewis facts and stories. A very informative, enjoyable and inspiring experience had by us all in fact. Highly recommended.

travelhelperintx

12 May, 2022

My travel agent helped me locate this company and since we wanted a private tour, we connected with Bespoke Oxford guided private tours. Alasdair de Voil was a fantastic guide, we learned a lot and got to see some areas that you could likely only get access if your tour guide knew everyone at each site. We did not do the Harry Potter tour (which I understand Alasdair does quite well) but got to see many of the sites from the movies. We did a day trip from London by train which worked out great as we were based there for our vacation and had dinner plans that evening. Highly recommend.

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