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The Original Uncomfortable Oxford™ Tour

Duration: 90 to 100 minutes
Destination: United Kingdom, England, Oxford

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  • 90 to 100 minutes
  • Oxford
  • E-Voucher
  • Lowest Price
  • Not-Cancellable


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 walking 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 Oxford's beautiful landmarks, colleges, and statues while going beyond the traditional view of the dreaming spires.

This tour 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.

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, The High Street University of Oxford, 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, Bodleian 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.

  • Uncomfortable Oxford™ Trained Guide

    • 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
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    Departure Point

    Carfax Tower, Queen St, Oxford OX1 1ET, UK

    Voucher info

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


    90 to 100 minutes

    User's Reviews


    29 Oct, 2023

    This was a really interesting experience! Our tour guide Scott was amazing and we felt we learnt a lot! Really recommend this for anyone visiting Oxford.


    08 Oct, 2023

    Interesting way to experience Oxford. Got a sense of the historical past of the university and certain not-so-obvious aspects.


    12 Sep, 2023

    This was a very interesting tour and our guide was very knowledgeable. He answered most of the questions asked of him with great depth. He was very clearly spoken and kept the party interested and involved with various opportunities for debate.


    08 Sep, 2023

    I can highly recommend this tour for seeing a different aspect of Oxford. We had a small group of 6 which was ideal for being able to chat easily. Milan our guide was very generous with his time and gave us a good 2 hours plus of his knowledge and experience. We all learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed hearing some stories about Oxford which are not necessarily covered by other tours.


    02 Sep, 2023

    Everyone who 'thinks' they know Oxford should do this tour. Local resident, University/College staff, University student or just moved to Oxford. Thank you Milan! We need more spaces like this to have conversations. Your 'average' tour doesn't cover reality like this.

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    First time


    Interesting and enjoyably challenging.


    The best tour to do whether you are in Oxford for just one day or live there long term!


    A clearer view of Oxford


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