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Holiday type Escorted tours
Country United Kingdom
Travel type Make your own way
Price range From £399
Travel partner Travel Editions
Duration 3 nights
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The story of Oxford's colleges

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, with evidence of teaching dating back to 1096. Today it is one of the world's most famous educational institutions and many tourists flock to the city to see its beautiful architecture and learn about its long history.

Join Alastair Lack, member of the Oxford Guild of Guides and former Secretary of the Oxford University Society to explore the 'city of dreaming spires'.

Please note: This tour involves a considerable amount of walking and is therefore not suitable for people with walking difficulties.


  • Two nights accommodation awith full breakfast at the four star Milton Hill house, Steventon, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine at the hotel
  • Gala dinner at Trinity college
  • All talks, guided tours, admissions and coach transfers
  • Tour manager throughout

Not included

  • Single room supplement
  • Extra nights on bed and breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities
Day one

Arrive independently at the Milton Mill House hotel, Steventon from 15.00. This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and an introductory talk by Alastair Lack – ‘The history of the University of Oxford’.

Day two

This morning we will visit the Ashmolean museum to explore its diverse collection of paintings, porcelain, silver and artefacts before moving on to the Oxford Union, home to the celebrated debating society. This afternoon we will have a walking tour of Oxford’s most magnificent buildings, with entrance to a college where a guide will explain college life and customs. Today’s touring ends at Exeter College where we will visit the Morris Room, named for William Morris who attend Exeter. Tonight a special evening awaits us at the distinguished Trinity College - we will enjoy a private gala dinner with wine in the college hall. Trinity College’s chapel is of particular interest as it was the first to be designed in the neo-classical style by Henry Aldrich with the help of Sir Christopher Wren.

Day three

Today’s first visit is to the University Church of St Mary the Virgin, followed by a tour of nearby Christ Church College and its cathedral. Perhaps the grandest of all of Oxford’s colleges, Christ Church has turned out many a Prime Minister and also been much used as a film location. This afternoon we will have a guided visit of New College, one of Oxford’s oldest and most prestigious. Founded in 1379, New College was the first to be built around a main quadrangle and is notable for its cloisters and chapel. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.

NB: Exact order of itinerary may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note all visits in Oxford are undertaken on foot and there is a considerable amount of walking required from college to college and is therefore not suitable for people with walking difficulties.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 100 passengers.
Milton Mill house, Steventon, Abingdon

Located in the small village of Steventon near to the town of Abingdon the four star Milton Hill house hotel is an old Georgian manor house surrounded by 20 acres of tranquil parkland. The hotel offers a restaurant, bar, swimming pool, sauna, mini gym and comfortable, stylish bedrooms with en-suite bathroom, TV, telephone, wifi, hairdryer and tea/coffee making facilities. Complimentary car parking for Travel Editions clients is available at the hotel.
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A thoroughly enjoyable and informative visit to Oxford. It is difficult to see how it would be possible to improve on Alistair as a guide. His local knowledge is exceptional. He was able to make adjustments to the itinerary as necessary, and made sure that everyone was looked after. The travel arrangements worked efficiently, including our personal changes to those advertised, and we had a good mixture of group activity and free time. Well done, and thank you.
Sep 2013