Oxford Walking Tour - Discover its University and Traditions

Highlights

  • Offline Mode: Download tours and listen without WiFi

  • Location Aware: GPS map allows you to enjoy the sites

  • Instagram Hotspots: We find the perfect picture spots

  • Enjoy a private experience in a COVID-19 safe environment

Summary

The perfect introduction to Oxford, take this walking podcast tour across the city and visit ancient colleges, secret libraries and historical memorials. 

Tour info

Duration
50 minutes
Group Size
Pricing (From)
Adult: (5-100 years)
£9.99
Commentary
English
Meeting Point

33 Lonsdale Rd, Lonsdale Rd, Oxfordshire, England, OX2 7ES

Dropoff location

Oxford, England

Why take this tour?

Take a day trip out of London and explore Oxford. Walk through this charming literary city as you discover its most iconic architectural, historical, and literary spots, with this immersive guide! 

On this self-guided tour, narrated by an expert historian, we’ll visit the most famous historic buildings and architectural highlights. We’ll hear about the ancient tales that live in this city and the story behind the birth of one of the world’s most famous universities. 

We'll visit the most iconic spots such as Exeter and Jesus Colleges, Radcliffe Square, Bodleian Library and Sheldonian Theatre as well as hearing what it’s like to be a student at Oxford University! Learn about the famous people that have lived in the picturesque city and finish the tour by visiting the Martyrs Memorial to cap off this cultural adventure in Oxford.

Join our local historians Katie and Josh, as they take you for a walk through the charming literary town of Oxford. We'll explore its most iconic architectural, historical, & literary spots, and learn the ancient tale that is rooted in its history. 

Our first stop is St Michael at the Northgate – We gain a great insight and overview of Oxford and the University as well as some fascinating stories and concepts of the University and the Martyrs story which we will follow. 
 
The discussion continues as we head down Ship Street, pointing out Exeter’s College’s Spire and the walls of Jesus College. A great insight into student life with some fun and quirky anecdotes and student life along the way.
 
We then reach one of Oxford’s most notable landmarks – Radcliffe Square – we learn about the four sides of square, Brasenose, All Souls’ and tough entrance exams, St Mary’s and the trial of the Martyrs. 
 
Our next stop is one of the world most iconic libraries - The Bodlein Library. We enter into the courtyard and get a great insight into the scale and history of the library. We’ll also learn about the Tower of the Five Orders and statues of James I and William Herbert, as well as various other famous alumni who have entered through here.
 
The Clarendon Building and the Bridge of Sighs is up next – a great spot to dig deeper into the history of the university and the constantly evolving process of female and state school student pioneers.
 
We continue on through Oxford until we reach The Sheldonian Theatre and the Divinity School – Katie and Josh talk us through the graduation process, examination and lecture and Christopher Wren.
 
History and science buffs will love our next stops - The Weston Library and the University Museum of the History of Science – the oldest surviving, purpose-built museum in the world.
 
We end our tour by visiting The Execution Site and the Martyrs Memorial, where we learn about the story of the Martys fall from grace and execution and well as reflecting on the place Oxford holds in the British imagination.

The Vidi Guides experience is enriched with on-screen photos and videos. We also point out where to take the perfect Instagram photos during the tour, and include recommendations for food, drinks, and local attractions. Don't worry, none of our recommendations are sponsored - they are simply favourites of the locals who helped craft the experience.

Vidi Guides creates immersive audio experiences that sound like podcasts. This is a self-guided audio tour that can be started or stopped at your own convenience. Download the Vidi Guides app & your Oxford tour to explore the area independently and safely! Make sure to download your tour before you go to streamline your trip!

What’s included?

  • Access to your self-guided audio tour

  • Audio tour provided by a local or historian

  • Offline Mode: Download tours in advance to listen without WiFi

  • Location Aware: GPS map allows you to enjoy sites, without getting lost

  • Instagram Hotspots: We find the spot for your perfect picture

  • Earphones

  • Mobile device

Things to know

Before you book

  • This product is suitable for all ages

  • Do it at your own pace. This product is suitable for all fitness levels

  • English speaking Audio guide only

Before you go

  • You will need to bring your own mobile phone

  • You will need to bring your own headset/earphones

Covid Policy

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Avoid the crowds and explore Oxford at your own pace while adhering to social distancing regulations!

Cancellation Policy

    Up to 24 hours before the beginning of the activity: full refund Less than 24 hours before the beginning of the activity or no-show: no refund

Redemption information

    Bring a pair of headphones along with you so that you can truly immerse yourself in the experience! Download now and start at your convenience!


    Your voucher will be collected or scanned on redemption

About operator:

Too many people visit places without discovering anything about them. And we can’t let that happen.


We believe that the true essence of travelling lies in the joy of discovering the authentic face of cities, neighbourhood and cultural sites, and unlocking the many tales they hold.


With that spirit in our hearts, we started out in search of these stories hidden in the nooks and corners of Paris, London, Cambridge and Oxford's most iconic spots. We then dived into each place’s culture, history, and traditions by collaborating with historians, famous architects, photographers, street artists, and many more. What we ended up finding was a treasure trove of stories that we have meticulously tied together just for you!


But how to deliver this information? We didn’t want to create another Wikipedia, with people looking at their phones instead of the sites. And let’s face it, audioguides and headsets belong to the 20th century.. This is why we’ve created our own storytelling format. Podcast-style tours, enriched with photos and videos, that keep you wanting more.


Our goal is to create a form of travel that will make you truly discover the places you visit.