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Oxford City and University Walking Tour with Entry to Harry Potter Film Site

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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icon1 hour 25 minutes to 2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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Overview

If you’re interested in Oxford’s rich history, look no further than this walking tour for a comprehensive overview of the historic city. In a small group limited to 15, visit Bodleian Library—home to 'Harry Potter' filming locations—and one other college, and learn about Oxford University alumni such as C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Plus, receive an ILoveOxford map showing all of the main sites.
  • Guided walking tour of Oxford city center and Oxford University colleges
  • An education tour ideal for history buffs
  • Recognize locations used to film the 'Harry Potter' films
  • Visit Bodleian Library and one other college (depending on the day)
  • Small-group tour limited to 15 people
Your guide will give you a complementary ILoveOxford map, showing you of all the main sights.
Entry worth £2.50 per person included to visit the Divinity school at Bodleian, where & when open
PLEASE SEE EXCLUSIONS SECTION FOR DETAILS OF ANY CLOSURES TO VENUES.
Please note that as the university colleges are private institutions, we can't always guarantee entry to colleges but it is very rare that we cannot get entry into at least 1 or 2 colleges on the tour.
Divinity school can close without any advance notice given, so we cannot always promise entry to this venue. Please note that Divinity school is closed on any graduation dates & few colleges are open on such dates below:
Divinity School closures for graduation dates 2021 includes following dates:
Jan 23, Feb 27, March 6, May 8, May 15th of 2021
Divinity school typically is closed XMAS from about Dec 24-Jan 1. Few colleges open these dates too!

Departure Point

Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK

Departure Time

12:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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
  • We cannot guarantee entry inside any colleges during Covid19 and on graduation dates or Xmas period from approx. Dec 22nd to Jan 2nd
  • Please take note of any advertised university graduation dates mentioned below, as those dates can have less options of colleges to visit.
  • Graduation dates- please see 'EXCLUSIONS' section.
  • This tour enters Divinity School Harry Potter film site with £2.50 entry fee included- wherever possible
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Visit Oxford Tours Ltd

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Oxford City and University Walking Tour with Entry to Harry Potter Film Site?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Oxford City and University Walking Tour with Entry to Harry Potter Film Site.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Oxford City and University Walking Tour with Entry to Harry Potter Film Site?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Oxford City and University Walking Tour with Entry to Harry Potter Film Site.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Oxford City and University Walking Tour with Entry to Harry Potter Film Site?
A:
The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Oxford City and University Walking Tour with Entry to Harry Potter Film Site.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Oxford City and University Walking Tour with Entry to Harry Potter Film Site?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Oxford City and University Walking Tour with Entry to Harry Potter Film Site.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Oxford City and University Walking Tour with Entry to Harry Potter Film Site?
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This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Oxford City and University Walking Tour with Entry to Harry Potter Film Site.

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Traveler Tips


  • "We had a wonderful guide, Adina, whose knowledge of Oxford and its history make the relatively short tour very worthwhile." See review
  • "The tour was scheduled for 1.5 hours, but he kept 'just show you one more thing' so all-in-all the tour lasted over 2 hours." See review
  • "Some of the colleges were closed re graduation but the tour was still worth it." See review

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Peter The Oxford Tour Master
Baljinder_Rathour
, Sep 2020
It was amazing day out with Peter. He took us around while sharing his in depth knowledge and introducing with every brick of Oxford history in a funny way. His extended help in moving around is also appreciated. He is a Tour Master .... All Stars....
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Great tour with fun insights and stories
Maike
, Aug 2020
We did a tour with Peter and it was AMAZING!! He was extraordinarily knowledgeable (I’m sure he could easily have talked for several more hours without ever repeating himself). He also had so many fun and interesting facts and stories to tell about the various landmarks and objects he pointed out to us. In summary: a brilliant tour, would recommend to everybody! Went with my two teenagers who loved it as much as I did.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Hi Maike, Thanks for leaving such a super review here for your Oxford tour with us, as led by Peter, who is himself half Ravenclaw and half Oxford university alumni! Sincerely,
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University outside building tour
Elaine_S
, Aug 2020
Hamish very informative however was expecting as sold on internet to have access to at least one college long time at end just killing time for no reason as access was not available therefore felt not value for money
icon Response from Host , Sep 2020
Hi Elaine, Thanks for choosing our tour and I am sorry that you found it disappointing. That said, I did immediately email you after your tour and I mentioned that although colleges have been closed since March, we can and will offer you the opportunity to enter a college or to join a whole new tour with us, whenever the colleges may re open. In addition, I want to point out for the benefit of anyone reading this review and my reply that you booked our city & university tour on viator- where it does clearly state the following about closures which have been ongoing since March: A) What makes this tour unique (main description) section: COVID19 NOTICE: B) Then in the section which states Inclusions & Exclusions, we did reiterate the fact that colleges have been closed. This text has since however been changed to reflect the fact that as of Sep 1st, the Divinity school has re opened and thus all our tours are going inside the Divinity school (but still no colleges accessible). C) Near bottom of the website page, there is also a section called Information Travellers Need From You, which states again for third time that: If you have any other constructive criticism of the quality of the tour or of your guide, I apologise for that but your complaint mainly seems to be a frustration that you could not enter inside any colleges and as this fact was communicated three times over in our advertising, that's not something which you should have missed realising when you booked the tour. I do try to update the tour descriptions to be as accurate as possible, as and when any circumstances may change. As such, on Aug 30th, I spent several hours updating all our tours across all platforms such as viator to inform clients of the fact that tours can now as of Sep 1st, enter the Divinity school. On a final note, both myself in communications with all clients and the guides themselves have been trained to inform all our clients since lockdown ended for us on June 15th that although colleges are closed right now to guided tours, we can and we will happily let all our clients rejoin the start of a tour or another whole tour at no charge at all, whenever we get passed this period and when the colleges start re opening again. It's hard to say when this might be but unlikely to be until 2021. In the meantime, our tours are still introducing many of the beautiful colleges but from the outside. Sincerely, Alasdair
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University Tour
Chris_A
, Aug 2020
We had a lovely tour with Laura. The pace was perfect as well as the amount of information. It was enough to keep us interested (including a 14 year-old; thank you for the references to Harry Potter!) and to trigger our curiosity. We went straight to Blackwell to purchase a book about the University (Oxford Scene by Chris Andrews) which complemented very nicely the information provided by Laura.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Hi Chris, Thanks for leaving such a super recommendation of your tour with us, as led by Laura. Sincerely, Alasdair
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Magdelen College is a must!
BRai
, Aug 2020
Peter was highly insightful and accommodating. Hope to come back again and visit some of the sites we missed due to gov guidelines around social distancing.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Thanks for sharing your review
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Beautiful rainy day in Oxford
JaneD
, Feb 2020
My husband and I took the Walking Tour of Central Oxford including Oxford University. Our guide was Monika who is a charming speaker and a trained historian. Her talk had all the elements of good history, good tour guiding and a fresh sense of humor. In just an hour and 45 minutes we got a lesson in how the University works, how the town grew up simultaneously, where the secret symbols that inspired famous literary characters were hidden in plain sight, where famous writers met to have a pint and talk with colleagues. The weather was terrible, but the show went on. I applaud Monika, the tour company and the city of Oxford. We recommend this tour is very highly.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Hi Jane, Thanks for such a lovely review of your tour led by Monika who as you mentioned is a vwel well educated academic from Poland. Monika also speaks modern and ancient Greek. Sincerely, Alasdair
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Oxford - Guided walking tour
gyongyver1979
, Dec 2019
We had a very interesting and fun walking tour in Oxford with Renata (I hope I remember her name well) last Saturday! We got to know a lot of exciting facts and stories about Oxford, the university life, some secret stories and we also learnt a lot about the city's history. We had a great time and I would absolutely recommend to all to take the tour!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Glad you loved the tour with Renata. I will let her know now. Sincerely, Alasdair
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See the sites you may not go to otherwise
C826UJkay
, Oct 2019
The guide was great, & I wouldn’t have seen some of the sight without going on the tour. Some of the colleges were closed re graduation but the tour was still worth it.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2019
Thanks for recommending your tour with us. Please note that we do publish any graduation dates in the tour booking 'What you need to know' section or under 'What's excluded' or 'Before you go' sections to forewarn you whenever there are upcoming graduation dates as such dates, there are very few colleges open.
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Oxford walking tour with IloveOxford
HATCF
, Aug 2019
Fantastic small group tour with a knowledgeable guide giving a good mix of historical and up to date information with entry to colleges and to the library.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thanks for sharing your experience!
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Oxford walking tour
nvantraveller2019
, Apr 2019
We had a wonderful guide, Adina, whose knowledge of Oxford and its history make the relatively short tour very worthwhile. We were able to enter a number of buildings and a college, which teally made the tour for me.

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