Oxford from London by Train: Full Day Privately Guided Tour with tickets

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  • 8 hr

Experience the magic of Oxford, City of Dreaming Spires, with a private guide, entrance to an Oxford college, and a return train journey.

Itinerary Details

Operated by: Travel Curious

Explore the beautiful, world-famous university city of Oxford dubbed the City of Dreaming Spires, on this full-day private tour from London by train – with tickets to an Oxford college and return train tickets. On your private tour you will:

  • Enjoy the personal attention of your private Blue Badge Guide.
  • Take a scenic train journey from historic Paddington Station to Oxford. 
  • Stay in Oxford for as long as you like at the end of your tour, or return to London with your guide: return train tickets are included, your guide will help you navigate the train timetable to make sure you’re able to get back to London! 
  • Explore the enchanting city of Oxford with its myriad cobbled streets and fascinating history.
  • See historic Oxford Castle and prison, and learn how King Charles I and the Royalists took over Oxford during the English Civil War.
  • Visit one of the world’s best-known universities and explore the array of 37 colleges, including New College, Christchurch, Merton, Brasenose, Exeter, Oriel, Pembroke and many others each with their own unique histories and famous alumni.
  • Enjoy a fully guided interior tour of one of the university colleges, pre-selected by your guide based on the unusual college visiting hours and guidelines. 
  • Take a lunch break and enjoy a guided tour of the rest of the city in the afternoon.
  • Enter the enchanting hidden gems of quads and peaceful inner courtyards
  • Stroll down Cornmarket Street, explore the covered market, pass Carfax Tower, marvel at the Radcliffe Camera, take photos at the iconic Bridge of Sighs, the Bodleian Library and Sheldonian Theatre.
  • Learn about some of the illustrious professors and former students of Oxford, hear about daily life as a student here and the formal ceremonies such as matriculation and graduation.
  • Pop into some of the popular pubs for a cheeky pint, such as the Turf Tavern (where Bill Clinton didn’t inhale) or the Eagle and Child, where the Inklings met. 
  • Explore the nooks and crannies, meadows, monuments and museums, libraries, theatres and colleges, that make up the magical city of Oxford. 
  • See how it came to be the university town that inspired Lewis Carroll's Wonderland, Tolkien's Middle Earth, Lewis's Narnia, and is one of the most popular filming locations for TV series like Morse and Lewis, and iconic movies like Harry Potter. 

Oxford is one of the most beautiful, eminent, and historic cities in the world, famous for the university, its honey-coloured medieval buildings and as a popular filming location. Matthew Arnold called it the City of Dreaming Spires. Only an hour from London by train, this full-day private tour will ensure you can fully explore the city that gave us the Inklings: Tolkien, Lewis Carroll and C.S Lewis, Narnia, Middle Earth and Alice in Wonderland! 

On arriving in Oxford, your guide will spend the morning showing you around Oxford Castle and medieval prison, followed by an in-depth tour of one of the 37 colleges. You’ll then be able to take a lunch break at one of the many delicious eateries and enjoy a fully guided tour of the city. Enjoy delicious smells and street food at the Covered Market, and learn about the town-gown riots of the medieval period. Pop into Blackwells - the student bookshop, and learn all about life as a student or don at Oxford. Stop by the iconic Radcliffe Camera, Bridge of Sighs and Bodleian Library. Learn about Matriculation at the Sheldonian Theatre, and wander into the nooks and crannies that would inspire the famous entrances to Narnia. 

See colleges like All Soul’s and Magdalene, Oriel and Jesus. You’ll also enjoy some peaceful green space as you wander along with the River Isis, through Christchurch Meadow and the Botanical Garden. 

After a day spent absorbing the magic of Oxford, you’ll then enjoy a peaceful train ride back to London. Alternatively, you can continue to explore Oxford for the rest of the evening. Your train tickets allow you to travel back on any train into London for the rest of the night. 

Tour duration
8 hours

Type of tour
Roundtrip open-return tickets from Paddington Station to Oxford. The tour in Oxford is a walking tour only.

Tickets included
- Train Tickets 
- Entrance to one of Oxford's historic colleges

Other inclusions
  • Gratuities, food, and drink are not included. 

Suitable for
Culture Vulture, Family, Friends, History Buffs

Attractions along this route:

Home to the world's most famous university, dreaming spires and a million bicycles.

Christchurch College
One the oldest and most famous university colleges has over 800 years of history.

Oxford Pubs
Hidden gem pubs, overflowing with academics. The above pub claims to have the highest IQ per square metre.

Radcliffe Camera
Known as the 'beating heart' of Oxford, this library has stood since the early 18th century.

Bodleian Library
One of the oldest libraries in Europe and mostly underground, it has served the university for over 400 years.

Covered Market
A treasure trove of market stalls, souvenir stalls and kooky eateries - perfect for a quick bite.

Oxford's Bridge of Sighs
This skyway joining two parts of Hertford College over New College Lane is an iconic landmark in Oxford's historic centre.

Sheldonian Theatre
Designed by Oxford alumni and famous architect, Sir Christopher Wren, The Sheldonian Theatre is where all Oxford students matriculate and graduate.

The Turf Tavern
A 14th century pub with structures remaining from the 18th century, The Turf Tavern is one of Oxford's beloved watering holes.

The Oxford Castle
Now a hotel, the main part of the original Oxford Castle was a prison - and guests staying in the hotel will find themselves in converted prison cells.

The University of Oxford
Comprised of 37 colleges, the University of Oxford consistently ranks as one of the world's elite academic and research institutions.

Christ Church Meadows
A famous mathematician at Christ Church College was befriended by the college gardener's daughter, Alice. The gardens and college are central to his works: Alice in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass.
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