2013 Oxford Official Guided Walking Tours Programme


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2013 Oxford Official Guided Walking Tours Programme

  1. 1. What better way to Regular Toursdiscover our beautiful University and City Tourcity than on foot? This is the most popular introductory tour, taken by the majority of visitors.The guide will lead you throughCome rain or shine... the best way the heart of the historic city centre, illustrating theto explore Oxford is on foot. history of Oxford and its University and describing the architecture and traditions of its most famous buildingsOxford Official Guided Walking Tours are an enjoyable and institutions. This tour departs daily at 10.45amand interesting way to explore our beautiful city, its and 1pm (except on Christmas Day, Boxing Day &history, University, famous people and odd traditions. New Year’s Day) with additional tours at 11am andWe have a wonderful selection of tours. If this is 2pm to meet demand.Tours at 10.45am and 2pmyour first visit to Oxford, we suggest you start with may include the Divinity School except on a Saturday.the University and City Tour, an excellent Access to the Divinity School is confirmed on Friday forintroduction to Oxford. the following week and tickets are made available then.If you live locally or have visited before, you may This tour is also available in otheralready know a lot about the University and student languages at 1.30pm on the dates below: Inspector Morse Tourlife. So we invite you to discover more about our In German on Saturday 6th Julyfascinating city on one of the Themed Tours. Follow in the footsteps of the city’s celebrated TV Saturday 10th August detective and his successor, Lewis, created by OxfordThere is a tour for everyone, from In Spanish on Sunday 14th July author Colin Dexter. Visit the scenes of their best-Stained Glass to Civil War; from Sunday 11th August known cases with lots of lively anecdotes along theMagic, Murder and Mayhem to Science; In French on Saturday 20th July way. This tour departs at 1.30pm every Saturdayfrom Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps to Saturday 17th August throughout the year and every Monday and FridayOxford Children’s Stories and more. between March and September.Your official Blue or Green Family TourBadge guide will be delighted Fun for all the family! Take part in this informal tour andto answer any questions along share a light-hearted look at the surprises and delightsthe way, take you to Oxford’s Oxford has to offer children and adults alike. Have evenmost famous sights and reveal more fun with our free activity sheet and pencil! Thisthe hidden treasures in tucked tour departs at 1.30pm during the school holidays.away lanes and passages.  Follow us on February April From Monday 11th Monday 8th To Friday 15th Friday 12th Twitter May Monday 27th Friday 31st @OfficialToursOX August Mondays & Wednesdays only October Monday 28th Friday 1st NovemberCover image:Radcliffe Camera © David Fleming Please see inside for a full listing of our Themed ToursWalking Tours with Tea General Information • Tours are limited to a maximum of 19 people. Oxford Official GuidedJRR Tolkien & CS Lewis Tour with Tea • Visitors in wheelchairs are welcome to join our tours but accessTo commemorate the 40th year of JRR Tolkien’s death we have teamedup with Pembroke College to offer you an exclusive combinedJRR Tolkien & CS Lewis Tour with Tea (tea/coffee and selection ofcakes) in the Hall where Tolkien dined as Professor of Anglo-Saxon. to some colleges may be restricted. • Children (under 16 years old) must be accompanied by an adult (maximum 2 children per adult). • A portable hearing loop is available on request (subject to availability). WalkingHe wrote The Hobbit whilst teaching at the college. Dates • Guide dogs are allowed on the tours. Length of tours Tours Monday 3rd June Monday 12th August All tours cover between 1 and 2 miles and last 2 hours except the Family tour which is 1.5 hours. Programme Prices of tours with tea Adult £18.50 Child £16.00 Prices Adult Senior/ Student Child 2013 University and City Tour £8.00 £7.50 £4.50Mad Hatter Afternoon Tea Party University and City Tour with £8.50 £8.00 £5.00with When Alice Met Harry Tour Divinity SchoolQuintessential English charm with a twist. Following your tour enjoy University and City Tour £8.00 £7.50 £4.50afternoon tea served at the old prison. Indulge in delicious teas, slender in French, German and Spanishfinger sandwiches and cakes – Mal style! Turned upside down and back Family Tour £6.50 £6.00 £3.75to front, you’d be as mad as a hatter to miss it. You are welcome todress as an Alice character for the occasion. Inspector Morse Tour £8.50 £8.00 £5.00 Themed Tours except the one below £8.50 £8.50 £5.75 Dates Friday 21st June Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps £15.00 £15.00 £10.00 Saturday 16th February Friday 30th August Friday 8th March Friday 6th September Admission fees are included in the price Friday 17th May Saturday 2nd November Prices of tours with tea Meeting point Adult £18.50 Child £16.00 All tours start outside the Visitor Information Centre. Access to Colleges Colleges and other University buildings are privately owned and therefore subject to unannounced closures at short notice. How to book We suggest that you book in advance to guarantee a place on any of our tours. In person: At the Visitor Information Centre, 15–16 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AS. By telephone: You can book in advance on 01865 252037. A £1 booking fee is applicable. Online: www.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com/tours at least 12 hours in advance. Small and Friendly Tours © Arka Cartographics 10/10 Private We can pre-book private tours for individuals Tours: or groups. Please contact the Tours Admin Team with Official Blue or on 01865 252037 or owtours@visitoxfordshire.org to discuss your requirements. Green Badge Guides ENTRANCE FEES INCLUDEDVisitor Information Centre  Follow us on Twitter @OfficialToursOX15–16 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AS We will welcome your review on www.tripadvisor.co.ukwww.visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com/tours visitoxfordandoxfordshire.com/tours
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Themed Tours 2013 Tours depart at 1.45pm unless otherwise specified February Saturday Saturday Friday 2nd 9th 15th JRR Tolkien & CS Lewis Tour Gargoyles & Grotesques Tour Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps Tour Saturday 16th When Alice met Harry Tour with Tea Saturday 23rd Oxford Children’s Stories Tour March Friday 1st Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps Tour Friday 8th When Alice met Harry Tour with Tea Saturday 16th Tudor Oxford Tour (3pm) Saturday 16th JRR Tolkien & CS Lewis Tour Sunday 17th Literary Tour Saturday 23rd Oxford’s Benefactors Tour Saturday 30th Religion at Oxford Tour April Friday 5th William Morris & Victorian Oxford Tour Saturday 6th JRR Tolkien & CS Lewis Tour Friday 12th Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps Tour Saturday 13th Oxford Children’s Stories Tour Saturday 27th Oxford Film Sites Tour Sunday 28th Literary Tour May Friday 10th William Morris & Victorian Oxford Tour Saturday 11th Stained Glass TourJRR Tolkien & CS Lewis Tour Science at Oxford Tour Sunday 12th Gargoyles & Grotesques TourTwo university lecturers and friends, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, wrote Take a fascinating tour about the study of science at Oxford. By the Friday 17th When Alice met Harry Tour with Teasome of the most popular books of the 20th century. Share the 14th century Oxford was famous for the work of Bacon andenvironment in which they studied, lived and spent their leisure time in Grosseteste and for developments in mathematics and astronomy. The Friday 24th Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps Tourtheir beloved Oxford. 17th century saw Harvey, Boyle, Hooke and Halley make their ground- Saturday 25th Oxford’s Benefactors Tour breaking discoveries. In the 20th century, it was the penicillin scientists Sunday 26th North Oxford TourCivil War Tour under Professor Florey who made the greatest impact. Find out about Friday 31st JRR Tolkien & CS Lewis TourOxford in the Civil War was at the centre of the national stage, with Oxford’s role at the leading edge of science right up to the 21st century.King Charles making his headquarters at Christ Church. Ramparts Juneenclosed the city, college silver was melted down to make coins and Stained Glass Tour Saturday 1st Stained Glass TourOxford became a garrison rather than a university town. Join this tour The city of Oxford has some of the finest stained glass in the UK. Monday 3rd JRR Tolkien & CS Lewis Tour with Teato hear more about life in Oxford during the Civil War. Almost every style and period of English glass-painting is represented, Friday 7th Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps Tour from medieval to modern, including particularly beautiful 17th century Sunday 9th Plaques of Oxford TourGargoyles & Grotesques Tour windows and a wealth of 19th century glass by William Morris and Co. Saturday 15th Science at Oxford TourSymbols, emblems, motifs, animals and demons cling to the roofs and Enjoy the opportunity of seeing some fascinating craftsmanship. Friday 21st When Alice met Harry Tour with Teawalls of buildings in Oxford. Medieval and modern stonemasons used Bring your binoculars! Saturday 29th Civil War Tourimagination and humour in creating a wealth of amazing stone carvings.Let our guide highlight the inventiveness and delights to be seen. The Jericho Tour Sunday 30th Magic, Murder & Mayhem TourBring your binoculars! Jericho, Oxford’s first suburb to the north-west of the city, is less known July than other parts of Oxford but not lacking in history and stories. Home Monday 1st William Morris & Victorian Oxford TourJewish Heritage Tour of Oxford University Press and the remarkable church of St Barnabas, Friday 5th Oxford Children’s Stories TourWalk around what was once the medieval Jewish Quarter and learn it also encompasses the Oxford Canal, St Sepulchre’s Cemetery andabout Jewish life in the city and significant events before the expulsion Saturday 6th Oxford West End Tour (3pm) was used as a setting for Thomas Hardy’s Jude the Obscure, theof 1290. Come up to date with the story of the Jewish population since Monday 8th Science at Oxford Tour Inspector Morse murders and Philip Pullman’s Lyra stories.the 17th century re-admission and remarkable facts about the Jewish Friday 12th Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps Tourcontribution to Oxford University in the 20th century. Tudor Oxford Tour Saturday 13th Gargoyles & Grotesques Tour (3pm) The Tudor period roughly coincided with the great change in church life Sunday 14th The Jericho Tour (3pm)Literary Tour known as the Reformation. Walk and hear history in the making in Monday 15th JRR Tolkien & CS Lewis TourOver the centuries many famous writers: poets, novelists, critics and Oxford, from Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries, Queen Mary’s Friday 19th Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps Tourchildren’s authors have studied or lived in Oxford. Explore this rich persecution of Protestants for their faith, to Queen Elizabeth I’s Saturday 20th Oxford Film Sites Tourheritage with one of our knowledgeable guides. encouragement of University revival. Saturday 20th North Oxford Tour (3pm)Magic, Murder & Mayhem Tour When Alice met Harry Tour Sunday 21st Magic, Murder & Mayhem TourAn alternative tour of Oxford to find out about secret societies, Thursday 25th Stained Glass Tour Alice in Wonderland was inspired by Alice Liddell. She spent her earlyalchemists, martyrs, traitors, rogues and criminals. Discover too, one of years in Oxford, and her friendship with Charles Dodgson, better Saturday 27th Oxford’s Benefactors Tour (3pm)the world’s largest collections of amulets, talismans and magical items. known as Lewis Carroll, led to the writing of the two Alice books. Sunday 28th Literary TourOxford’s Benefactors Tour Another favourite, Harry Potter, appeared here when some of his film scenes were shot in Oxford locations. Join this tour to explore their AugustOxford University owes its collegiate system to the generosity of early Saturday 3rd Magic, Murder and Mayhem Tour (3pm) worlds of wonder and wizardry.benefactors, who founded colleges and endowed scholarships for Friday 9th Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps Tour“poor young clerics”. Oxford has continued to attract benefactors over William Morris & Victorian Oxford Tour Saturday 10th Stained Glass Toursucceeding centuries: in particular John Radcliffe, Cecil Rhodes and Saturday 10th North Oxford Tour (3pm) The Pre-Raphaelites were closely connected with Oxford. EdwardLord Nuffield. This tour will explore their legacy. Monday 12th JRR Tolkien & CS Lewis Tour with Tea Burne-Jones and Morris studied here, and together with Holman HuntOxford Children’s Stories Tour they left the city some outstanding artistic works. Join a tour with Friday 16th Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps Tour emphasis on this delightful period of Victorian art. Saturday 17th Oxford Film Sites TourExplore the Oxford of Alice and the Dodo, Lyra & Will, Prince Caspian& Aslan, characters created by well-known Oxford authors in Alice in Sunday 18th Literary Tour North Oxford TourWonderland, His Dark Materials trilogy (filmed as The Golden Compass) and Friday 23rd William Morris & Victorian Oxford Tour Discover this leafy suburb described by Poet Laureate, John Betjeman, Tudor Oxford TourThe Chronicles of Narnia. Delight in the make-believe, as you discover places Saturday 24thwhich inspired Lewis Carroll, CS Lewis and Philip Pullman amongst others. the home of JRR Tolkien, Lawrence of Arabia, Iris Murdoch, Thom Yorke Sunday 25th Gargoyles & Grotesques Tour of Radiohead and Colin Dexter. On this tour you will stroll around streets of exquisite Victorian houses, the first women’s colleges, the Dragon Monday 26th Science at Oxford TourOxford Film Sites Tour School attended by Emma Watson, and the splendid University Parks. Friday 30th When Alice met Harry Tour with TeaOxford is one of Britain’s busiest and most instantly recognisable film Saturday 31st Oxford Children’s Stories Tourand TV drama locations. See the backdrop for historical re-creationsand literary adaptations from fantasies to thrillers. Hear of the links with Saturday 31st Oxford’s Benefactors Tour (3pm) For more informationsome of the biggest names in cinematic history. on any of the tours SeptemberPlaques of Oxford Tour Friday 6th When Alice met Harry Tour with Tea featured above please visit Saturday 7th JRR Tolkien & CS Lewis TourThe many and varied plaques adorning the buildings and monuments www.visitoxfordandof Oxford are a delightful and beguiling feature of the city. Each brief Friday 13th Civil War Tourinscription hides a fascinating story. Join this walk to find out more oxfordshire.com/tours Saturday 14th Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps Tourabout the amazing men and women commemorated in the plaques Friday 27th Jewish Heritage Tourand the events which shaped Oxford’s history. Saturday 28th Oxford Film Sites Tour Sunday 29th Literary TourOxford West End TourThe Western Quarter of Oxford is one of the city’s little known secrets Octobercontaining a late 18th century prison, now a hotel, and the remains of Saturday 5th JRR Tolkien & CS Lewis Toura Norman Castle.There is evidence of occupation from the Bronze Age Friday 11th Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps Tourand the Roman period and of early Anglo Saxon settlements. The tour Sunday 13th Gargoyles & Grotesques Touroffers riveting stories of the area’s long history and its ancient buildings Friday 25th Oxford Children’s Stories Tourwhere friars lived and beer was brewed. Saturday 26th Oxford Film Sites TourPottering in Harry’s Footsteps Tour Sunday 27th Magic, Murder & Mayhem TourTour the locations where memorable Harry Potter scenes were Novemberinspired and shot and enter the magical wizarding world yourself. Friday 1st Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps Tour Saturday 2nd When Alice met Harry Tour with TeaReligion at Oxford Tour Saturday 16th Stained Glass TourJoin this tour to learn how religion and faith shaped the early University. Saturday 23rd JRR Tolkien & CS Lewis TourFollow in the footsteps of the martyrs, the founders of Methodism, theOxford Movement and Oxford’s recent saints. Saturday 30th Pottering in Harry’s Footsteps Tour