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The Best Oxford Walking Tours,
2 Incredible Routes

  • CityDays brings an immersive new way to have a walking tour in Oxford
  • Discover Oxford's historic landmarks, secret sights & hidden gems
  • Solve fun challenges & puzzling clues to unlock your way
  • Optional breaks at top-rated pubs, bars and cafes
  • Interactive private tour, you and your team, at your own pace
  • Full money back guarantee. We know you'll love it
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What to expect on a CityDays Oxford walking tour

Messages sent to your phones - we'll send your walking tour to any international phone number.
Clues, challenges, & puzzles - interact with the city to unravel obscured directions and find your way.
The perfect difficulty - just the right amount, inclusive for all, with help available should you need it.
Landmarks & hidden gems - see Oxford in a new light, a tour showing off quirks too!
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Find Your Nearest Oxford walking tour

Each game explores a different area of city in one of two ways. Our classic games use puzzle-filled directions to guide players to exciting new sights. Our Story games do all this with the added bonus of an immersive story on top - play the main character and relive a tale from the city's past or experience a story all your own.

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How the Oxford walking tours work

Clues & Puzzles

Clues don't require any prior knowledge and are made up of two parts:

1) Obscured directions that make reference to the city around you. Unravel their meaning and be guided by your surroundings.

2) A puzzle to be solved once you've followed the directions, search nearby to find your answers.

CityDays aim for an enjoyable, just-the-right-amount, level of difficulty that is inclusive for all! Help messages are available should you need a bit of support.

A mix of clues, puzzles and photo challenges

Guided by clues sent to your phone

  • Receive snippets of history, quirky facts and intriguing stories about the areas you visit.
  • Pub/cafe breaks along your hunt, all totally optional and some with discounts on food & drinks.
  • Make memories at locations along the way, get inspiration from previous teams and share a clever snap!
  • Go at your own speed, or go for top spot on the game leaderboard.
Learn snippets of history, optional breaks in pubs/cafes and a leaderboard for each game.

Oxford walking tour Reviews

The great things our customers have to say about CityDays Oxford walking tours

Carolines over 50's Club Oxford walking tour

Carolines over 50's Club

Fantastic trail , really enjoyed 10/10

Golden Pineapple Oxford walking tour

Golden Pineapple

Amazing experience. Great ways to show little nooks and crannies you would otherwise miss. Really fun clues. Would full…

MAD MAX Oxford walking tour

MAD MAX

Beautiful experience, group absolutely loved it. Great history and storyline, only thing is that there could’ve been mo…

Candler Clan Oxford walking tour

Candler Clan

Had a fantastic day out! We loved the clues and they were the right level of difficulty for the whole family - age 11+.

The Ginger & the Gay Oxford walking tour

The Ginger & the Gay

David and I had the BEST day exploring York, solving the clues, and had such a wonderful time over the whole day. What…

Mumson Oxford walking tour

Mumson

Had a great day out in London doing the outdoor escape room, I have been round London hundreds of times but found areas…

Shell and Phil Oxford walking tour

Shell and Phil

Brilliant clues and a great way to see the city. We will be looking to see which other cities we can do this in!

The Gunners Oxford walking tour

The Gunners

We had a great few hours following the clues and exploring a part of London. Definitely tested the brain cells! Loved i…

Brains and Whiston Oxford walking tour

Brains and Whiston

Was a intresting and fun filled day 😁. FromBrains & whiston

Special six Oxford walking tour

Special six

A fantastic day out finding new places and spotting things you would normally just walk by! Highly recommend this activ…

Rocky Oxford walking tour

Rocky

Great for getting out and seeing parts of the city you wouldn't other wise see. Plenty of places for food and drink on …

Wiggins and Simpsons Oxford walking tour

Wiggins and Simpsons

Such a great time. We had an amazing afternoon, and enjoyed all the stops along the way!!

Priceless Oxford walking tour

Priceless

Great way to explore London. Even if you live here you will discover hidden gems and lots of fun facts

Rescue Aid Society Oxford walking tour

Rescue Aid Society

Fantastic day out! Wet and windy, but helped us see a city we are familiar with in a whole different light! Great fun!

Kanye Quest Oxford walking tour

Kanye Quest

Very fun to see some areas where we've never been! Good riddles, not too hard but not too easy.

Team PP Oxford walking tour

Team PP

It was fantastic! Really interesting clues and made me see my home town in a new way - looking for our next one!

BBSS Oxford walking tour

BBSS

It was really excellent experience. We saw lots of places we had never seen and enjoyed the challenge of the clues. We …

A and L Oxford walking tour

A and L

We loved the tour! Made us think, tired us out and was great fun! Thank you

Callaghans Oxford walking tour

Callaghans

What an excellent way to explore Bath. We had great fun following the clues and finding all about the city. Brilliant w…

SBM Oxford walking tour

SBM

Was a fantastic day out! Cannot fault it. Got us thinking, was the right level of challenge, and took us to some beauti…

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Walking Tours of Oxford with CityDays

Discover the wondrous history lurking in the streets of Oxford with our self-guided walking tours of Oxford, UK.

Our Oxford walking tours have been created to show you the best of Oxford’s history, introduce some notable figures and divulge their secrets. 

The Best Self-Guided Walking Tours in Oxford

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Fall in love with Oxford’s fables, foibles and facts with CityDays’ Oxford walking tours!

From being a Norman stronghold to becoming the shining jewel in England’s academic crown, Oxford has seen it all. Students, monks, authors and castle escapees have left their distinctive marks on the well-trodden cobblestone streets - now it’s your turn to add another layer to this dynamic city’s history by following in their footsteps.

By going on a CityDays walking tour of Oxford, you get an experience that goes beyond the typical sightseeing experience. 

Our self-guided Oxford walking tours deliver fascinating facts while leading you around the city’s most intriguing sites, landmarks and hidden gems. Here’s more info about which trail might suit you best…

Expect More From Your Oxford City Walking Tours

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We do more than just give you directions to notable landmarks and scenic sites in Oxford. 

Our Oxford self-guided walking tours are designed so you can independently explore landmarks, areas, pubs, cafes, restaurants and more at your own pace. 

By providing you with riddles, puzzles and clues based on your surroundings, we ensure you’re interacting with the city around you as you take it all in. Only by looking up, down, left and right will you be able to complete the route and unlock the city’s secrets - a far more interesting way to explore than just lending us your ears! 

Get The Most Out of Walking Tours Oxford

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You’ll notice that our walking tours in Oxford include recommended rest stops at pubs, cafes and restaurants at convenient locations along the route.

That’s because we want you to get the most out of your adventure! 

We encourage you to find a new favourite local or dip inside a place you’ve walked past a million times before because it enriches your experience of a city. We’re fussy about finding businesses that we consider to be hidden gems or must-visits, and we endeavour to select independent businesses that help stimulate the local economy.

Of course, if you’re not thirsty or raring to go - you can always skip your stop and carry on exploring! 

Oxford Walking Tours - Learn Fun Facts About Oxford

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Oxford has been cemented as an ancient place of learning and the home of British academia for centuries. But it’s also a place steeped in mystery and lesser-known heroes that changed history around the world… 

These facts about Oxford give you a flavour of the kind of thing you can expect from us. 

The Sheldonian Theatre Was Designed By The-Then Professor of Astronomy - And You Probably Already Know His Name!

Better known to most people as the designer of St Paul’s Cathedral in London, Sir Christopher Wren was commissioned to design the Sheldonian Theatre in the mid 17th-century while he held the position of Professor of Astronomy at Oxford University!

Ex-Planet Pluto Was Named By An 11-Year-Old Girl From Oxford

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In the early 1900s, a US astronomer named Percival Lowell believed he had discovered a new planet which he dubbed “Planet X”. 

Unfortunately, Lowell died before he could prove his theory right. Less than two decades later, the theory of Planet X’s existence was proved, and the public were asked to name the latest addition to the solar system.

An 11-year-old school, Venetia Burney, suggested “Pluto”, a nod to the Roman god of the underworld. Her suggestion was favoured due to the first two letters representing the original discoverer’s initials, and little Venetia was given a £5 reward.

Venetia went on to become an accountant and teacher, and was the granddaughter of the esteemed Old Bodleian Library librarian, Falconer Madan.

Oxford Botanic Garden Received a Rose Species For Its 400th Birthday

As England’s old botanical garden, Oxford Botanic Garden holds a special place in British history.

When the garden turned 400, a new species of rose was developed by Peter Beales Roses LTD in collaboration with the garden and named the Oxford Physic Rose. You can still find it in the garden today - it’s distinctive for its delightful pale pink colour! 

Scholars and Spires

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Venture beneath the surface of this scholarly having, tracing hidden tunnels and chilling tales of yesteryears where the shadows of history still linger.

This Oxford walking tour takes you on a winding expedition through the city’s storied streets. Along the way, expect to uncover the secrets of grim executions and tales that fuelled Tolkien’s dark imaginings, behold the grander of the Town Hall, the towering presence of Carfax Tower and the venerable walls of Merton College and discover a house where stars once aligned to guide the learned…

Engage in enigmatic riddles, challenges and surprises, take a pause in cosy pubs and quaint cafes, and then resume your journey into uncovering Oxford’s many quirks.

This cryptic adventure invites you to uncover the deep, untold stories of this timeless city at your own pace and in your own way…

Ancient Echoes

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Delve deeper into Oxford’s reputation as a cradle of knowledge by embarking on a walking tour of Oxford that plunges you into the depths of its tumultuous past. 

You’ll navigate the city’s labyrinthine alleys and vibrant streets while solving enigmatic clues and unlocking tales of the past that have long since been forgotten. Along the way, you’ll encounter the prehistoric creature that etched its legacy into Oxford’s fabric, delve into the harrowing destinies of its prisoners and unravel the stories of the martyrs of the Reformation.

Expect to wander past the relics of the Norman castle, explore the austere Houses of Correction, and marvel at a collection of historic buildings, each a testament to architectural grandeur. You’ll also uncover a link to the Jurassic Age, get the chance to wander through an 18th-century market and, much, much more!

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