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The Official Oxford Cycle Tour

Known for its beautiful, historic architecture, Oxford still retains the ability to surprise us with its with its waterways, its parks and its hidden streets and gardens.

As well as seeing the university from close up, our Official Oxford Cycle tour shows you parts of the city that most visitors do not see, and travel by bicycle allows us to slip away to visit quiet waterways and meadows with wildlife and views of the city that will remain with you long after leaving.

We begin by cycling amongst dreaming spires, the students’ colleges and university departments before escaping the hustle and bustle of the city centre into the surrounding countryside, riding alongside the River Thames in Port Meadow, and having a glimpse of the daily lives of past and present Oxonians.

The Official Oxford cycle tour has 11 carefully selected stops, tailored to reflect a broad mixture of history, culture and hidden gems.

At each stop our friendly guides will share some insight into our historic city, allowing plenty of time for interaction and photographs.




Exploring the beautiful city of Oxford

  • Visit the spot where the Oxford Martyrs last stood
  • Ride under the Bridge of Sighs
  • Look out for the wonderful grotesque gargoyles watching over you
  • Ride some of the oldest paths inside Oxford city walls
  • Ride to the meeting place of the famous literary group The Inklings

Slip away into the peaceful countryside

  • Ride through historic Jericho
  • Visit the largest university press in the world; Oxford University Press
  • Ride through the historic Port Meadow
  • Ride along the River Thames, where Lewis Carroll began to spin the tale of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland
  • Visit the original burial place of the Henry II’s mistress - Rosamund the Fair
  • Ride along the historic Oxford Canal

The inspirational residents of Oxford

  • Ride to the home of J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Visit Lady Margaret Hall where Benazir Bhutto studied and was elected as president of the Oxford Union
  • Ride past the University Parks and its cricket ground
  • See the distinctive college designed by William Butterfield
  • End the tour at Christopher Wrens ‘Jewel in Oxford’s architectural crown’

Key facts

Tour Length - 8 Miles / 13 Km
Difficulty – Very Easy
Tour Duration - 2 hours - 3 hours
Suitability - Family friendly
Bikes - All bikes, child seats and trailers available
Concessions Price - £25
Standard Price - £30


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