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London to Oxford

Will be in London and taking teen grand daughter. Want to see Oxford. Think best to take a tour with knowledgeable person? Should we sign up for tour or train direct as on campus they have walking tours??? Thanks!! You all terrific!! Diane

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London to Oxford by train or coach is very, very easy. Either train from Paddington, or coach from Victoria via the Oxford Tube or X90 Oxford Express. I would pick a tour in Oxford rather than a coach tour from central London.

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You also now have the option of taking the train from Marylebone as well.

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Take a train on your own from London to Oxford. There is a great city tour that departs from the main Oxford TI office. Rick's book has lots of Oxford tips. It's a great walking city with gorgeous cathedrals.

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Thank all if you!!! So wonderful to get such great tips!!!
Diane

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If London Walks is offering one of their day tours to Oxford, you might consider taking it.

You meet the guide in London and take the train with him to Oxford. I did this many years ago and truly enjoyed it. (Although in those days, it was just a walking tour.)

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If your and her idea is to see some of the colleges - a GREAT idea - be aware that most are closed to the public in the morning and at exam time. When do you intend to go?

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Good point. Will find out if in class. We hope to visit Friday April 7. Wonder if they are on Spring Break so we could take a school tour? The school tour may be closed too??

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Good point as may be closed to public if classes are in session. Will be visiting April 7 Friday. Not sure if on school break. Thank you!!!

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Hillary Term finished on 25 March and Trinity doesn't start until 20 April. Parts of colleges though can be closed at any time for various functions.

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Catch the train from London to Oxford (about £15 return, takes about 1hr) and buy a ticket on the Hop on - Hop off bus which leaves from Oxford train station. It might be cheaper if you brought the bus ticket on-line. There are any amount of guided walking tours operating from Oxford.

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I've been there with my daughter twice. Check out the Christ Church website for opening hours. They have docents around to explain things too.
http://www.chch.ox.ac.uk/

Sometimes the Great Hall is closed for lunch for the students or an event.

I had heard there are student led tours of the city. Check with their city visitor's info. We stopped at an info area and received a nice map. I believe we research with the DK book and Fodor's.

We took the train from London. Great day out.

Have fun.

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There is no point in getting a bus from the station to central Oxford as it's an easy walk. If you do have difficulty walking, get the public bus rather than spending much more on a sightseeing bus.

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I hope Diane and her granddaughter had a great tour of Oxford last month as they'd planned. If there were any hitches or problems with following advice given on this thread, I hope she shares them with us.