Welcome to Guide Friday City Sightseeing Oxford
Our Interactive MapExplore the Tour! All the stops and sights on our 1 hour open-topped bus tour of Oxford and its famous dreaming spires. Why not join us on our travels today?
- Alice's Shop Favourite haunt of Alice Liddell (the inspiration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland) who used to buy sweets here. Nearest stop: Speedwell Street.
- All Souls College Unique to All Souls, all of its members automatically become Fellows - i.e.: full members of its governing body. Nearest stop: The Queen's College.
- Ashmolean Museum The world's first university museum. Various diverse collections. From art & antiquities to zoological specimens. Nearest stop: Randolph Hotel.
- Balliol College Founded in about 1263 by John I de Balliol with the Bishop of Durham's guidance. Later supported by his widow. Nearest stop: Magdalen Street East.
- Botanic Garden Founded in 1621, this is the oldest botanic garden in Great Britain and one of the oldest scientific gardens in the world. Nearest stop: The Plain.
- Brasenose College Occupying the site of medieval Oxford Halls, the college was built in 1512 - the foundation stone laid in 1509. Nearest stop: Brasenose College.
- Bridge of Sighs Hertford bridge. Often referred to as the "Bridge of Sighs" because of its similarity to the famous Venice bridge. Nearest stop: Sheldonian Theatre.
- Carfax Tower 74 foot tall tower with 99 steps inside to reach the top for a spectacular view over Oxford. Nearest stop: Christ Church/St. Aldate's.
- Christ Church College Used in the filming of numerous film and television productions, including the Harry Potter series. Nearest stop: Christ Church/St. Aldate's.
- Christ Church Meadow A famous and popular walking and picnicking spot attached to Christ Church College in Oxford. Nearest stop: Christ Church/St. Aldate's.
- Corpus Christi College Founded in 1517, the 12th oldest Oxford college & also, one of the smallest (by student numbers). Nearest stop: The Queen's College.
- Eagle and Child Pub Owned by St. John's College & former home of the "Inklings", whose members included J. R. R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Nearest stop: Brown's Restaurant.
- Examination Schools Used for university examinations. Many students take their final or other examinations in this building. Nearest stop: The Queen's College.
- Exeter College The 4th oldest college of the University. When founded in 1314 (as Stapleton Hall) it had just 12 to 14 students. Nearest stop: Sheldonian Theatre.
- Folly Bridge Stone Bridge over the River Thames, erected 1825–27, to designs of a little-known architect, Ebenezer Perry. Nearest stop: Speedwell Street.
- Gee's Restaurant A famous landmark in North Oxford, Gee's attracts locals and visitors alike. Built in Grade II listed Victorian buildings. Nearest stop: Banbury Road.
- Keble College Keble College was established in 1870 and built as a monument to John Keble, a leading member of the Oxford Movement. Nearest stop: Parks Road.
- Lady Margaret Hall The first women's college in Oxford. Founded in 1878 and accepted its first nine students the following year. Nearest stop: Banbury Road.
- Linacre College Named after Thomas Linacre, a distinguished Oxford humanist, who was also a medical scientist and a classicist. Nearest stop: St. Cross Road.
- Lincoln College Founded in 1427, Lincoln's full name is "The College of the Blessed Mary and All Saints, Lincoln". Nearest stop: Brasenose College.
- Magdalen Bridge Historic stone bridge crossing the River Cherwell with a small boathouse at its base punts can be hired. Nearest stop: The Plain.
- Magdalen College & Tower One of the most beautiful & well visited colleges in Oxford. Its tower is the tallest building in Oxford. Nearest stop: The Plain.
- Martyrs' Memorial A stone monument commemorating the "Oxford Martyrs", who were burnt at the stake in 1555. Nearest stop: Magdalen Street East.
- Merton College Founded in 1264 by Walter de Merton, one of the oldest colleges in Oxford. Nearest stop: The Queen's College.
- Natural History Museum Centre for research & teaching, with collections covering entomology, geology, mineralogy, petrology and zoology. Nearest stop: Parks Road.
- New Bodleian Library One of the oldest libraries in Europe. In the UK, 2nd in size to the British Library. Known locally as "The Bod". Nearest stop: Trinity College Gates.
- New College One of the main choral foundations of the university & filming location for Morse, Harry Potter & James Bond. Nearest stop: Sheldonian Theatre.
- New Theatre The main commercial theatre in Oxford with seating for 1,800. Current building dates back to 1933. Nearest stop: Gloucester Green Bus Station.
- Nuffield College Founded in 1937, the college specialises in the social sciences, economics, politics, and sociology for postgraduates. Nearest stop: New Road.
- Oriel College Located in Oriel Square, the college has the distinction of being the oldest royal foundation in Oxford. Nearest stop: Brasenose College.
- Oxford Canal 78-mile-long canal linking Oxford with Coventry. Often considered one of the most scenic canals in Britain. Nearest stop: Park End Street.
- Oxford Castle Former Norman medieval castle. Afterwards a prison (until 1996). Now a hotel and interactive museum experience. Nearest stop: New Road.
- Oxford Union Oxford's famous debating society, founded in 1823. Hosts of famous guest speakers. Nearest stop: Gloucester Green Bus Station.
- Oxford University Bookshop The home of Oxford University Press publications since 1872. Now extended, it has 4 floors dedicated to OUP works. Nearest stop: Brasenose College.
- Pembroke College University hostel in the 1400s. A fully-fledged college by 1624. Named after the 3rd Earl of Pembroke. Nearest stop: Christ Church/St. Aldate's.
- Pitt Rivers Museum Founded in 1884 by General Pitt Rivers, who donated archaelogical & anthropological collections to the University. Nearest stop: Parks Road.
- Playhouse Theatre Current theatre building completed in 1938. Host to many famous actors including: Dame Judi Dench and Sir Ian McKellen. Nearest stop: Randolph Hotel.
- Radcliffe Camera The earliest example in England of a circular library. Nearest stop: Sheldonian Theatre.
- Rhodes House Built in memory of Cecil Rhodes, a University of Oxford alumnus and benefactor. Host to lectures by Einstein in 1931. Nearest stop: Parks Road.
- River Cruises & Walks Take a trip on the river with a public cruise or private hire. You can also take the River Thames Walk here. Nearest stop: Speedwell Street.
- Said Business School Established in 1996, the Said Business School is one of the youngst top-tier business schools in the world. Nearest stop: Railway Station.
- Sheldonian Theatre Named after Gilbert Sheldon. Designed by Christopher Wren, based on Theatre of Marcellus engraving. Nearest stop: Sheldonian Theatre.
- Somerville College Former women's college, founded in 1879 with a specific remit of not discriminating against any religious belief. Nearest stop: Brown's Restaurant.
- St. Anne's College Former a women's college, co-educational since 1979. Established & expanded with local property acquisition. Nearest stop: Brown's Restaurant.
- St. Anthony's College One of the all-graduate Oxford Colleges. Specialising in international affairs, economics & politics. Nearest stop: Woodstock Road.
- St. Catherine's College Founded in 1868. Gets its name from a meeting place - "St. Catherine's Club". Nearest stop: St. Cross Road.
- St. Hilda's College Founded in 1893 as a hall for female students, remaining an all-women's college up until 2008. Named after Saint Hilda of Whitby.
- St. Hugh's College Founded in 1886, St. Hugh's was once a women's college. It accepted its first male students in 1986. Nearest stop: Banbury Road.
- St. John's College Founded in 1555, St. John's is one of the larger Oxford colleges. It is also, reputedly, the wealthiest in Oxford. Nearest stop: Magdalen Street East.
- St. Peter's College Occupies the site of two of the University's oldest Inns - Bishop Trellick’s and Rose Hall - both founded in the 13th century. Nearest stop: New Road.
- The Covered Market An historic market with permanent stalls & shops inside a large covered structure. Officially opened in 1774. Nearest stop: Brasenose College.
- The Duke's Cut Pub The Duke's Cut was completed by the Duke of Marlborough in 1789 to link the new canal with the River Thames. Nearest stop: Park End Street.
- The Randolph Hotel Built in 1864 by William Wilkinson, named after the Randolph Gallery in the new Ashmolean Museum opposite. Nearest stop: Randolph Hotel.
- Town Hall A venue for weddings, exhibitions, conferences etc and also home to the Museum of Oxford. Nearest stop: Christ Church/St. Aldate's.
- Trinity College Enclosed by an iron palisade, Trinity has four major quadrangles as well a a large lawn, gardens and woodland. Nearest stop: Trinity College Gates.
- University College Claimed to first be founded in 872 but most agree that it was actually 1249. Still the oldest of the colleges. Nearest stop: The Queen's College.
- University Parks Large parkland areas open to the public during the day with beautiful gardens, large sports fields and rare / exotic plants. Nearest stop: Parks Road.
- Wadham College One of the youngest University of Oxford colleges but has some of oldest and best preserved buildings. Nearest stop: Trinity College Gates.
- Westgate Shopping Centre Undercover shopping mall with big name stores as well as smaller concerns. Something for everyone. Nearest stop: Westgate Shopping Centre.
- William Morris' Original Workshop The Morris Motor Company was started here in 1910 when bicycle manufacturer William turned his attention to cars. Nearest stop: St. Cross Road.
- Worcester College Founded in the 1700s but a site of learning since the 13th century. Some of the oldest residential buildings in Oxford. Nearest stop: Randolph Hotel.
Our city tour lasts approximately 1 hour and departs every 10/15 minutes in the summer and every 20/30 minutes in the winter (subject to season and traffic).
Kids commentary coming soon in 2014!
Buy your tickets online or just pay the driver / sales staff on the day. Tickets are valid for 24 or 48 hours on both Guide Friday GREEN and City Sightseeing RED buses and you can get on and off at any of the 19 stops on the tour – keep a hold of your ticket for reboarding!
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