- Oxford Tour led by an Oxonian
- Explore the colleges with an insider
- Small groups, max 6 people
A Look Inside
Beyond the Baroque domes, gothic vaults and Palladian quadrangles there is so much more to see: enough to occupy the visitor for much longer than a mere tour allows - perhaps, in termtime at about 6pm, evensong in one of the colleges, a trip out of town to Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, only six miles from Oxford, on sunny days a punt down the River Cherwell, or a look around the University’s world class museums, where objects range from Alice’s dodo through shrunken heads to the work of Titian and Barbara Hepworth. The possibilities are almost endless.
"Loved the insights she had into both historical and current affairs."
What if I want to visit Cambridge?
No problem! We can arrange a tour of Cambridge with one of our expert guides. Just book a custom tour and specify that you want a tour of Cambridge.
Alexandra Jackson lives in London but spends a lot of time with her family in the countryside in Wiltshire. Alexandra’s love of history dates back to her childhood curiosity about the past, and her fascination with stories and legends. “Why?” is probably her most frequently used word. After studying History at Oxford University, she began with a career in finance, first as a stock broker and then as a financial journalist, writing a daily investment column for The Times newspaper. After taking a break in her career to raise four children, Alexandra is now returning to her first love: history and heritage. She particularly enjoys making connections between past and present, using her experience and expertise to retell historic episodes in a fully accessible way. Alexandra is constantly reviewing the narratives she uses to interpret not only Britain's heritage including it's Colonial and Imperial past but also Britain today. She takes care correctly to contextualise the places and people she meets when touring. As an expert guide for Context Travel, Alexandra loves sharing her ideas and works hard to ensure that every client has a memorable experience when visiting the UK.
Athene Reiss was born in Oxford, grew up in Connecticut in the US, and returned to Oxford, where she has lived and taught for the past 25 years. She has published a book and articles on topics in medieval art and environmental education. She loves teaching art and architectural history, and is particularly passionate about encouraging deep engagement with artistic visualisations of ideas and and allowing works of art to help us understand the past and question the present. Athene has also taught environmental education to children and adults and enjoys exploring Oxford's mix of cultural and natural environments.
James Lloyd is a Sessional Lecturer in the Department of Classics at the University of Reading. He curated the first UK exhibition dedicated to ancient Greek and Roman music and has studied in Greece at the British School at Athens. His specialities include ancient art and archaeology and catering to groups of all ages. James is based in Reading, a short journey from London, and regularly commutes into Paddington (though, unlike Michael Bond, he is yet to write a book about a marmalade-eating bear).
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