- Return travel by coach with an experienced tour guide.
- Visit to Royal Windsor, home of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Visit Eton and see the school where Princes’ William and Harry were educated
- See the Changing of the Guard ceremony outside Windsor Castle (depending on date)
- Guided walking tour of Oxford University Colleges (including free map)
- Visit Christchurch College where the Harry Potter movies were filmed (extra charge)
- Free time for shopping, sightseeing or the free Ashmolean Museum and Oxford Museum
- Return to your home 7 to 8pm
Oxford, the ‘City of Dreaming Spires’ is home to one of the most famous and oldest universities in the world. For over 800 years it has been a home to royalty and scholars although people are known to have lived in the area for thousands of years. Its beautiful architecture, museums and young student population make the city a wonderful place to visit at any time of year. Even though Oxford is a very cosmopolitan city, it is dominated by its ancient university, with each college having its own sense of identity. With its mix of ancient and modern, there is plenty for the visitor to do. The town of Windsor is home to Windsor Castle; a royal home for over 900 years, the town contains many historic buildings and also Windsor Great Park, once a royal hunting ground which stretches for several miles south of Windsor Castle. Eton is a smaller town dominated by Eton College, the ancient public school which educates many of England’s establishment.
We will visit Windsor and Eton in the morning before travelling to Oxford at luchtime where you will spend the afternoon.
Main Sites to Visit:
University/Christchurch College – The University of Oxford is the second oldest surviving university in the world dating back to the 11th century. There is no central campus; the university is all over the city centre consisting of 36 colleges and over 100 schools looking after 21,000 students. Perhaps the most well known college is Christchurch, this is the largest college in Oxford, and many of the scenes from the Harry Potter films were shot in various locations around the college grounds.
Oxford Castle – The castle dates back to the 11th century and although mainly a ruin it does still have its old keep. The castle’s main use was as a prison which remained so until as recently as 1996! Today you can visit it as a tourist attraction, find out about the people who worked there and also about some of the more notorious characters who were locked up inside.
Ashmolean Museum – The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology is the world’s first university museum. The museum opened in 1683 but has since moved to its present building in 1845. Over the last few years the museum has been extensively rebuilt with millions of pound spent on it. The main museum contains one of the finest collections Pre- Raphaelite paintings amongst other great collections as well as archaeological pieces from ancient Egypt and Greece.
Windsor – Windsor Castle is one of the three official residences of the Queen, when the Queen is at ‘home’ the royal standard flies from the top of the Round Tower. At all other times you will see the Union Flag. Windsor Museum comprises a collection of over 6,300 objects from the Bronze Age to the present day including maps, books, and paintings. Every other Saturday you will be able to see the Queen’s guard and band march through the centre of the town. Eton college is one of the oldest schools in the country dating back to 1440, and this is where Princes William and Harry went to school.
What else to see:
If you are a keen photographer, or you just like seeing things from a different angle, then why not climb the 13th century tower of St. Mary the Virgin Church opposite the Radcliffe Camera. The church is known as the university church and is the oldest building associated with the university, for a small fee you can climb the steps of the tower for wonderful views of the college buildings.
Oxford has a great collection of museums; The Museum of the History of Science contains scientific instruments from medieval times up to the modern day. The Pitt-Rivers Museum houses the university’s archaeological and anthropological collections. The University Museum is the museum of natural history; it is situated next door to the Pitt-Rivers Museum.
In the city centre you will find a wide range of shops in the Westgate and Clarendon shopping centres and the old Victorian covered market.
If you intend to travel to our central London meeting points by public transport, you can plan your journey in advance on the Transport for London website - www.tfl.gov.uk