OUR TOUR GUIDES

To book a tour with one of our friendly and knowledgeable guides, please see their details below. All guides offer the popular University and city tours, and many offer specialist or themed tours. Guides who are fluent in other languages have the relevant national flag beneath their photo.


You can filter the results by clicking on the various categories of guiding below.

SUSANNE ADDIS

I have lived in Oxford for 17 years. I am a mother of four children so can relate to adults and young people alike and provide a tour which is fun and interesting for any age.


I am incredibly excited by the history of Oxford, the way its buildings and places tell us stories or people who lived here a long time ago, whose spaces we still share. Being German my viewpoint of the city, its history and life today are sometimes a bit different to someone who spent all their life here. I am a walking tour guide because I just love to share my passion for Oxford with those who come to visit!

Telephone: 07538 768855

Email: Susanne.addis@gmail.com

CHRISTINE BAINBRIDGE

Oxford is a magical city. Magnificent buildings, glimpses through doorways, the majesty of colleges spanning 800 years. Let me be your guide to the history of the city and its university, exploring it through the eyes of an astonishing cast of characters who have wandered the very paths and pavements before you.

 

Along the way, we’ll also frequent the haunts of beloved fictional characters, from Lyra Belacqua to Harry Potter, from Inspector Morse to Lewis and Endeavour. And then there are those – like Alice Liddell, inspiration for Alice in Wonderland – who transcend the real to inhabit the richer realms of fiction.

 

As an accredited member of the Oxford Guild of Guides (and possessor of their much coveted Green Badge), I will be happy to tailor your tour to your wishes as far as possible.

 

I also do two specialist tours that have been approved by the Oxford Guild of Guides:

 

Phillip Pullman - Lyra's Oxford – this includes all the books that make up His Dark Materials and The Book of Dust. We can't travel to Svalbard and Bolvanger, but we can glimpse the characters as they move around the city and its buildings.

 

The story of religion in Oxford – from martyrdom to Methodism

Telephone: 07434 660018

Email: cabainbridge@hotmail.com

JESSICA BAUDET

I am Jessica, a french girl who came to Oxford in 2014. I was doing a work experience at the Visitor Information Centre where I am still working when I am not guiding.

I have a technical diploma (BTS) in Tourism and I also have trained as a guide in France. I have been playing theatre for 11 years in France before I moved over. I am a Seasonal Language Guide so I am doing tours of Oxford in French. I am currently training to be a Green Badge Guide.

Telephone: 07925 611459

Email: jessicaoxfordguide@gmail.com

KATE BILLIMORE

I'm a qualified Oxford Green Badge Guide and enjoy leading general public and private tours around the city, as well as offering specialist tours in Science, Film Sites, Benefactors, the Downton Abbey Era, Basic English and Harry Potter. I also lead tours around the village of Bampton, the location used for filming the village scenes in TV’s Downton Abbey.

A Linguistics graduate and musician, when I'm not leading walking tours, I’m to be found playing viola in various orchestras and conducting a number of local choirs.

Telephone: 07729 887244

Email: topcopykate@btinternet.com

SANDRA BINGHAM

I am an experienced and qualified Green Badge Tour Guide and I really enjoy showing people round glorious Oxford and sharing its colourful history and traditions with visitors of all ages.


I especially love Inspectors Morse, Lewis and of course Endeavour tours where we will discover the locations of murder, mystery and intrigue. Or join me for a tour to see the locations of films with Oxford as backdrop such as Harry Potter, or hear about famous writers such as Lewis Carroll or C.S Lewis.

 

Do check my website for more details. I hope you will leave Oxford with many good memories and will want to come back again

Telephone: 07769 657145

Email: info@oxfordtourguides.co.uk
Website: www.oxfordtourguides.co.uk

DAVID CROSBY

Let me take you on an entertaining, fun and informative walking tour in the historic heart of Oxford. As a qualified Green Badge guide with a passion for storytelling, I will give you the inside story on the university’s traditions and most colourful characters.

You will journey through the gates and inside one of University’s famous colleges. Experience the wonderful atmosphere, learn how the students live and hear humorous stories about past students and their masters.

See first-hand the most iconic buildings – the Radcliffe Camera, Bodleian Library and Sheldonian Theatre. And all the time you will be walking in the footsteps of famous authors, film stars, scientists and politicians.

Telephone: 07753 213125

Email: davidcrosby@btinternet.com

Website: https://www.airbnb.co.uk/experiences/1518792

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MARIE-ALICE FRAPPAT

I grew up in the French Alps city of Grenoble (Twinned city of Oxford) and came to England after a University degree in languages and cultural management.  I have lived in Oxford with my husband and three children for over 15 years. 

I have worked for the University of Oxford in concert and events management for many years, and qualified as a City of Oxford Green badge Guide four years ago, and now happily combine guiding with part-time working for the University, Music Faculty.  I specialise in tours in French for school groups and families and also enjoy giving general University and City tours to visitors from around the world.
 

Telephone: 07815 447495

Email: maf.five@ntlworld.com

LUCY GASSON

Hallo, my name’s Lucy and exploring the hidden curiosities of Oxford is my passion! I have two degrees from Oxford University and I’ve lived here almost 30 years. I’ve also nearly ten years’ experience guiding visitors of all ages and nationalities (including those with special needs). Come on a tour with me and it will be my pleasure to share with you my favourite stories and show you the city’s best-kept secrets. So, if you want to find out what it’s like being an Oxford student, follow in the footsteps of the Harry Potter movies, or just soak up the magical atmosphere of one of Britain’s most stunning medieval cities, I’m here to make it happen.

Telephone: 07413 401643

Email: lucy@gasson.org

CHARLES GRAHAM

I've been an Oxford Green Badge guide since 2012, having previously graduated from Cambridge University. Living in Central Oxford for over 30 years, I have an in-depth knowledge of Oxford in Britain's wider history. 

Tours of any length include information of studying in Oxford and tours of the college, how Oxford fits into British and European history, stories of famous past students, and help with maps and directions. ​

Telephone: 01865 552039

Email: charles-graham4@ntlworld.com

ALAN GRIFFITHS

Retired architect – Blue badge: Heart of England and London – Green Badge: Oxford – Birmingham & Stratford upon Avon 

Telephone: 01789 772786 or 07711 088430

Email: alan@guide-link.co.uk

Website: www.guide-link.co.uk 

JOANNA HAMILTON

Having spent most of my life here, Oxford has been my home since 2005.The accredited guiding community here is very professional, we all know our ‘stuff’ and we give visitors a ‘tailored’ experience. My particular interests might be the history, literature and architecture of Oxford, but music, horticulture, Morse, Harry Potter and punting feature too.

 

It’s wonderful work to be able to tour the streets of Oxford and share its’ stories, old and new, with interested and interesting visitors from overseas and the UK. It’s our job to inform, entertain and make sure they want to come back.

Telephone: 07768 525537

Email: Joanna@joannahamilton.com

Website: www.openoxford.com

ANNETTA HARVIE

I am Danish. I came to England in 1969 and to Oxford in 1984. I live close to the city centre, and have family links to the University.

I offer tours in English, German, French, and Danish. In addition to the standard University and City tour, I offer specialist tours of Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour.

 

I am also a qualified Blue Badge guide for London. I take groups to Stratford upon Avon, Bath, Hampton Court, Windsor, and can tailor a tour to suit individual wishes.

Telephone: 07845 411264

Email: annettaguide@hotmail.com

NAOMI HILLMAN

Hello and welcome to my city! Let me show you

  • iconic buildings and colleges at the world’s best university

  • film locations, from Harry Potter to The Crown

  • fascinating stories about our people

  • Shakespeare’s favourite places

  • world-class choirs, chapels and the legacy of the English Reformation

  • sneaky peeks into hidden courtyards, private gardens, working buildings and secret places

I’m a current member of University staff and an official Oxford Green Badge guide. I sing in a University choir, and I’ve been a historic re-enactor for twenty happy years. I enjoy meeting independent travellers, families and children. I look forward to meeting you!

Email: vividpast@outlook.com

Website: www.vividpast.com

ALASTAIR LACK

I was an undergraduate at University College Oxford where I read history.  I then had a career at the BBC, mainly working for the World Service.  My wife and I moved to Oxford in 2001 when I became Head of Oxford University Alumni Office.

 

I then qualified as a Green Badge Guide for Oxford and the University.  I enjoy leading a variety of walking tours which combine my knowledge of Town and Gown and my enthusiasm for history.   

Telephone: 01865 511326 or 07702 880249

Email: candalack@btopenworld.com

FELICITY LEWINGTON

Hello, my name is Felicity! I am a professionally accredited UK Institute of Tour Guides, Green Badge Guide. A member and trainer of the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides taking tours for 11 years.

My tours aim to provide “light bulb” moments of “I didn’t know that”! They are a mixture of fun, contemporary facts, plus the fascinating history of the ancient city of Oxford. I am flexible and can tailor make my tours to suit visitors from the UK and all over the world. I want to ensure Oxford is a memorable visit. I specialise in the following tours:

  • General city and university tours

  • Harry Potter location tours with insights into the filming and JK Rowling’s books.

  • Alice in Wonderland a glimpse into the world created by Lewis Carol. Get to know the real Alice and her family and their life in 19th century Oxford.

  • English as a Foreign Language city tours. My background in teaching and TEFL Qualifications allows me to provide clear, concise, correct vocabulary for all English levels.

Telephone: 07707 870199

Email: oxfordguide@hotmail.co.uk

ISOBEL LEWIS

I have been working in the travel industry for over 30 years, starting as a Tour Manager, delivering tours of Europe in the early 1980’s. I have a great passion for history, resulting in my return to guiding. I did my first guiding qualification as a Green Badge Guide for the wonderful city of Oxford in 2005. I have now also qualified as a Blue Badge Guide for the Heart of England region.

 

I have a 12-seater minibus and with my driver, take small groups to the Cotswolds, Stratford and Warwick. My extensive experience in customer service means I enjoy putting my customers at the heart of everything I do.

Telephone: 07976 246967

Email: izzylewis@btopenworld.com

Website: www.exploreoxfordtours.co.uk

BRIAN LOWE

I was born in Watlington, Oxfordshire, and educated at Lord Williams Grammar School, Thame, Oxfordshire.  I spent my professional life as a photographer, firstly in the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm, followed by a career in industrial, commercial photography & film making in Oxford’s automotive industry, before spending 10 years creating audio-visual presentations,  and finally moving to sales & marketing in the same field.  

 

On retirement I trained as an Oxford Green Badge Guide, and have enjoyed this occupation for the past 11 years. My other interests are local history, reading, walking, photography, seagoing travel and bellringing.

Telephone: 01865 873342

Email: bewol@tiscali.co.uk

TABBY LUCAS

I was born and grew up in Oxford and my family roots in the city date back over 100 years. It would be a pleasure to share with you my love of this beautiful university city by designing a tour specially tailored to suit your interests.

As well as being a Green Badge Guide for Oxford I am also a Blue Badge Tourist Guide for the Heart of England.  I can take you on a tour of Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon or the enchanting countryside and historic towns and villages of the Cotswolds. Please see my website for further information and ideas.

Telephone: 07722 468109

Email: info@cotswoldandoxfordtours.com

Website: https://cotswoldandoxfordtours.com/

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MAGNUS MACFARLANE

As a qualified guide with many years’ experience I would like to take you on a journey. A very special tour for your family or group which is engaging, entertaining, interactive and stimulating. But don’t just take my word for it. Here are the views of my guests: ‘Magnus was magnificent in every way’….’Oxford comes alive with his stories, jokes and acting’…’there is something special around every corner’. ‘Absolutely fantastic’…’he’s a wonderful story teller’…. ‘the perfect mix of history, tales, and knowledge’. ‘He has deep insights’…’a glance behind the scenes - given in an extraordinary entertaining and informative way’. ‘He sets the right tone…light, witty and wise’.

Tours can be customised to your group and include University and City, Morse Lewis and Endeavour and Ghost tours. I look forward to seeing you.

Telephone: 07552 667 333

Email: Magnusmacfarlane55@gmail.com

JANE MEAD

I’m a qualified Green Badge guide for this wonderful city and I love showing visitors around the stunning architecture and bringing Oxford alive with stories of the fascinating individuals past & present, real and fictional, who have known these streets and strolled around the colleges and quads.

 

In addition to giving you a general introduction to the city and university I can take you on tours focusing on C S Lewis and J R R Tolkien, on the Oxford of Morse and Lewis (and Endeavour), on Harry Potter or Alice in Wonderland.  I’m also particularly interested in Oxford’s religious and scientific history.

Telephone: 07950 057160

Email: cjmead34@gmail.com

EDWARD TAYLOR

As an Oxford resident and Green Badge guide I've been welcoming people to the city of dreaming spires for the last three years. I’ve found that exploring the University at a relaxed pace allows everyone to soak up the atmosphere of the famous colleges and gardens, while learning about the traditions, and the fascinating stories of students and fellows, past and present.

Often I lead specialist tours such as the Oxford of CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien, and the history of science and medicine at the University. I take many student groups but also families, societies, and prospective Oxford students. I like tailoring a tour for the needs of my clients, and usually include a recommendation for the best taverns or restaurants for refreshment afterwards!

Now qualified as a Blue Badge guide for the Heart of England, I enjoy guiding on trips beyond Oxford to the Cotswolds, Shakespeare’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Blenheim Palace and many other attractions in the region.

Please click through to my website: taylormadetours.co.uk to find out more about locations to visit and to see what kind of tour I can create for you.

Telephone: 07969 796 545

Email: ejt_@hotmail.com

Website: taylormadetours.co.uk

JEAN WARR

I am an experienced multilingual Blue Badge Guide and the author of the Oxford Plaques Guide, a book that highlights the stories behind the city’s myriad plaques.  

 

I delight in showing visitors round Oxford and in helping them discover intriguing details about the city and the University.  Oxford never ceases to enchant and surprise me and I look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for this beautiful place with the many people who visit it. 

Telephone: 07775 810436

Email: jean.warr@lineone.net

BRIGITTE WHITEHEAD

I am a Green Badge guide (Oxford), a place I have called home since 1987. I have first degrees in History, French and Spanish, a Master’s degree in Theology and a postgraduate teaching qualification from the University of Oxford. Before becoming a teacher I was a police interpreter and worked in PR for Raymond Blanc and at St Anne’s College (Oxford). 

 

I enjoy guiding - Oxford is similar to where I grew up (Salzburg). I am well informed on what is going on in the city. I like nothing more than spending time in the Bodleian Library and so create bespoke tours.

Telephone: 07535 668534

Email: brigittewhitehead@yahoo.co.uk

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