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Meet your qualified Green or Blue Badge guide outside Balliol College on Broad Street in central Oxford at 2pm. From here you'll meander through the cobbled streets and quaint alleyways to the heart of Oxford University and pass sights such as University Church, Radcliffe Camera, Old Schools Quadrangle (The Bodleian Library) and The Bridge of Sighs. During the tour your guide will explain the history of Oxford from its humble beginnings to the world class University which we know today.
You will then visit inside Christ Church College*. Unlike most other tours that simply view from the outside. Christ Church has a deep and interesting history and is probably the city's most famous college, not least because of its connections with the Harry Potter films and its iconic dining hall.
This is a one-way tour which will finish in or close to Christ Church. Whilst this is a group tour, each one is unique and the best route will be chosen on the day.
*Please note: Entry included to Christ Church unless closed for any reason. The local provider will try to advise of any closures at the time of booking or before the tour but some closures are last minute. In this event your guides will endeavour to visit inside an alternative college.
Henry Liddell, the Dean of Christ Church College from the 1850s to 1891, had a duaghter in 1852 he named Alice Pleasance Liddell. The Liddell family struck up a friendship with a mathematics professor named Charles Dodgson, who would regale the Liddell sisters with elaborate fantasy tales on their boating trips down Oxford's rivers. Little Alice begged Dodgson to write some of them down, and he did, using the pename Lewis Carroll, casting a precocious seven-year old girl named "Allice" as the protagonist, and eventually publishing Alice in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass and What Alice Found There.