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Choose a morning or afternoon tour, then hop into the saddle in central Oxford and spin through the city to begin your tour. Along the way, listen as your guide sheds light on centuries of rich English history.
Take in top city attractions such as Brasenose College, Magdalen College, the Oxford University Press building, the Pitt Rivers Museum, Port Meadow — said to be the inspiration behind the Alice in Wonderland stories — and Queen’s College.
Hear of famous academics, politicians and writers who have lived and worked in the city like David Cameron, J. R. R Tolkien, Oscar Wilde, and Tony Blair, and see corners of the city best accessed by bike.
When your guided tour comes to an end, perhaps make use of your full-day hire and continue exploring the streets of Oxford at your leisure.
The tour starts in the city centre exploring some of the fascinating dreaming spires, before escaping the hustle and bustle of the city centre into the surrounding countryside to ride in the un-touched Port Meadow alongside the River Thames, before getting a taste of the daily lives of past and present Oxonians.
The tour has 11 carefully selected designated stops, offering a good mixture of history, culture and hidden gems.
At each stop your friendly guides will share some insight into our historic city, allowing plenty of time for interaction and photographs.
Part 1 - Exploring the beautiful city of Oxford:
Visit the spot where the Oxford Martyrs last stood
Ride under the Bridge of Sighs
Look out for the wonderful grotesque gargoyles watching over you
Ride some of the oldest paths inside Oxford city walls
Ride to the meeting place of the famous literary group The Inklings
Part 2 - Slip away into the peaceful countryside:
Ride through historic Jericho
Visit the largest university press in the world; Oxford University Press
Ride through the historic Port Meadow
Ride along the River Thames, where Lewis Carroll began to spin the tale of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland
Visit the original burial place of the Henry II’s mistress - Rosamund the Fair
Ride along the historic Oxford Canal
Part 3 - The inspirational residents of Oxford:
Ride to the home of J.R.R. Tolkien
Visit Lady Margaret Hall where Benazir Bhutto studied and was elected as president of the Oxford Union
Ride past the University Parks and its cricket ground
See the distinctive college designed by William Butterfield
End the tour at Christopher Wrens ‘Jewel in Oxford’s architectural crown’
Unlike other cycling tours, this experience is focused on letting you escape the city centre to head out of town along the river path to either Iffley village or Binsey village. You will begin by meeting your guide outside of the Oxford visitor info centre entrance at 2:30pm. With your guide and small group, you will decide which route will be taken, depending on circumstances.
The Iffley village route will take you past Christchurch and the boat houses and rowers to Iffley lock & village, with its medieval thatched roof cottages and its Norman chapel. Alternatively, the Binsey village route crosses through Jericho (a trendy neighborhood featured in the first episode of the Inspector Morse TV show) and over the Port Meadow.
The tour will return back to the original departure point, or nearby. Your guide will have a free map and directions available for wherever you need to go from there.
The Oxford walking and bikingh tour combines the best of both worlds. Being on foot for part of the tour allows you to not only go into pedestrian areas, such as the Christ Church meadows, but also to go inside the colleges. The tour will visit some of Oxford’s oldest colleges, detailing their development throughout history, as well as the fun and curious aspects of this route.
The tour will, additionally, enter the Bodleian Library. Established in 1602 it is undoubtedly the academic heart that keeps Oxford running. An organizational marvel soaked in history along with some modern elements. For example, a recent law requires it to catalogue certain websites to monitor social development (please note: this does not include cat videos, to pre-empt any questions!). When possible, the tour will also visit Divinity School, with its spectacular fan vaulted architecture and theological symbols.
Following this you are able to head down towards Christ Church, one of the most famous colleges in Oxford, before getting on the bikes.
Once on the bikes you head over to arguably the centre of Oxford University, Radcliffe Square, with the famous Radcliffe Camera which dominates the landscape. After admiring the hideous grotesques, discussing the application process to Oxford University and the most prestigious college, you head over to a door which would play a role in the Chronicle of Narnia. A bike down to the southern part of Oxford brings us to Magdalen College, formally home to Oscar Wilde and C S Lewis, whilst this area also presents a lovely view of the Botanic Gardens.
Heading north you discuss the Examination School and those infamous Oxford exams, the oldest College at Oxford before passing the New Bodleian Library and explaining the creation of Rhodes Scholarships.
The tour culminates in passing the Eagle and Child Pub of Tolkien fame and Jericho, the trendiest part of Oxford, before arriving at Port Meadow, also your guides' favourite part.
The tour is delivered in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Big Tolkien fan? Great, this will be covered in more detail. Love or hate Harry Potter, it’s no problem to tailor this at the start. All tours are made with the consideration of you, the visitor, in mind.
The tour also includes full-day hire of the bike, so that you can carry on hunting down those picturesque pubs and river paths that the city has to offer.
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If you wish to just hire a bike from 10am to 6pm or for 24 hours before or after the guided tour, that may also be possible, just remember to ask for details, when you make the booking. On the tour you will use mountain bikes and these will fit anyone aged approximately 9 years of age or older or anyone with height between 1.4m (4ft6) and 1.9m (6ft3). There are some smaller fold-out bikes available, but if you require bikes for young children, you are requested to let your local provider know in advance in order to hire young children's bikes.
Tour route covers both the city's sights and its stories with a college entrance fee included and a relaxing cycle along Thames river path to Iffley, Binsey Village or Old Marston Village.
If you are on a tight schedule, please mention this at the time of booking.
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