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Oxford Tours With Optional Cotswolds Extension (7 hrs)
Oxford, the enchanting city of spires, cloistered colleges and secluded gardens is home to one of the world's most famous universities and is the inspiration for the Harry Potter, Narnia and Lord of the Rings stories.
|| Discover Oxford, the oldest university city in the English speaking world
||See the inspiration for the Harry Potter, Narnia and Lord of the Rings stories
||Visit Christ Church College, the most famous of the Oxford Colleges
||Go behind the scenes and discover Oxford's quaint and historic streets
||Optional extension to visit the Cotswolds for afternoon tea/lunch
||FREE collection and return to your central London hotel
||Qualified Guide & an additional Chauffeur - see London Magical Tours Difference
Set out deep in the English countryside, Oxford has been the educational home to some of the world's greatest minds and leaders. Its spectacular location on the Chernwell and Thames Rivers has also been the inspiration for the works of some of the world's most famous authors including, amongst others, Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll), C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien.
After being driven through some spectacularly scenic countryside by your private chauffeur, the day begins with your personal guide taking your party on a private guided tour of Oxford town and its historical colleges.
Hear tales and and secrets from the past as you take to the cobbled streets and marvel at the spiralling architecture, admiring every British architectural period from the Saxons to 18th century icons such as the Radcliffe Camera, regarded by many as the city's prime landmark.
For lunch you'll have time to choose from a range of traditional English pubs or restaurants and visit the wide variety of shops in this charming traditional english city.
In the afternoon there will also be an opportunity to pay a visit inside Christ Church College, the largest and perhaps most famous of all the ancient Oxford colleges.
Harry Potter, Narnia and the Lord of the Rings
Oxford's fabled streets echo with the names of key literary figures and our guides are happy to include sights on all the above:
Harry Potter fans will feel right at home as Oxford continues to be a major source of inspiration for the highly successful film adaptations. Visitors will have the opportunity to enter Christ Church College, which provided Hogwart's staircase in the first film and see the Great Hall on which the School of Witchcraft and Wizardry's spectacular dining room was modelled.
Narnia fans will delight in hearing about the inspirations for C.S. Lewis' much loved chronicles, including that lamppost which greeted the Pevensie children's first visit to the enchanting world of Narnia in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Visitors with an interest in the Lord of the Rings will be able to follow in the footsteps of J.R.R. Tolkien, Professor of both Anglo-Saxon and English Literature throughout his time at Oxford. Witness what inspired the fight between good and evil in Middle Earth, including the local hang-out where Tolkien and the other members of the Inkling Circle met to share their stories.
Visitors wishing to extend their tour can include a visit to the beautiful medieval town of Burford in the Cotswolds, the perfect introduction to one of the most picturesque parts of England.
Known by the locals as "the gateway to the Cotswolds", the village is a designated area of Outstanding Natural Beauty surrounded by gentle rolling hillside and sleepy English countryside.
Pay a visit to the magnificent St John the Baptist church dating back to the 12th century, one of the best secrets of Oxfordshire on the banks of the River Windrush before having time for traditional afternoon tea at one of the beautiful local tea roms.
Prices include your private tour guide, chauffeur, private vehicle, parking fees, collection and return to your central London hotel or Victoria Station and all taxes. Lunch/Entrance fees not included. Internet prices include up to a £20 discount for online bookings.
Prices are according to your party's size. For example, the cost of the Magical Oxford Tour is £669 for a party of 5, which works out at £133.80 per person. Private tours are amazing value, offering a personal experience for less than the cost of bus tours - see the London Magical Tours Difference
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Tour Dates and Times
Daily throughout the year. First tour slot at 9:00am, last tour at 12:00pm noon. Outside working hour quotations are available on request.
An entrance option is available to visit Christ Church College on this tour. Adults are priced at £9, children under 18 are £8 during the Summer, at other times adults are £7 and children £5.50.
Tours are also available in most languages through our specialist multi-lingual guide team, including Spanish, French, Russian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin and Cantonese. Language surcharges apply.
Other Tour Ideas
Looking for other tour options outside of London? A popular alternative is the Magical Windsor Tour. Home to the largest inhabited castle in the world, Windsor's spectacular location in the Great Park make its the ideal day trip to the English countryside.
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