Oxford Tours

Cotswold and Oxford Tours offer walking tours of Oxford with a local Blue Badge Tourist Guide.

I was born and bought up in Oxford let me introduce you to my home city.

Private Oxford Walking Tours

If you would like a private tour choose one of the following  tours, or I can develop a tailor made tour for you – just contact me 

The Jewels of Oxford Tour

“very entertaining and engrossing” (A and H from Hamilton, Scotland)

  • Explore the Oxford’s hidden lanes with a local guide.
  • Visit an Oxford college.

Find out about Oxford’s eccentric customs, the history of the university and what life is like for a student today.

Oxford’s dreaming spires

Murderous Oxford Tour

Filming of Endeavour in Oxford

“My daughter and I were immensely pleased with our Endeavour, Lewis, and Inspector Morse Tour. Tabby Lucas is very knowledgeable about where the filming locations occurred and was able to provide insight and anecdotes about the filming of TV programs and movies in Oxford.

Tabby also gave us information about the history of Oxford and some of its’ famous citizens. Her broad and diverse knowledge of her hometown of Oxford was appreciated. 

Tabby is a prompt, courteous and informative tour guide. We were so pleased to have her as our guide for our half-day tour of Oxford. It was superb, and we both enjoyed it very much.” (Kathryn & Christine, USA)

“I loved Tabby’s Oxford tour.  She’s engaging and entertaining and happy to share her deep Morse universe and Oxford knowledge.”  (Nancy K from Boston)

“Such a great tour. Highly recommended to Morse, Lewis, Endeavour, Oxford fans” (Julia from Oxford)

Oxford has played a starring role in the TV series Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour,  inspired by the novels of local author, Colin Dexter.

  • Sleuth out filming locations around the city.
  • Have a drink in one of the pubs loved by Inspector Morse or find out where Hathaway drank a cup of poisoned coffee.
  • In which Oxford college did the young Endeavour develop his fear of heights?

A vintage bus used in the filming of Endeavour in Oxford

Oxford Scientists Tour

Oxford has played an important part in lives of many scientists.

Take a walking tour to discover:

  • The only British woman who’s been awarded a Nobel Prize for science. 
  • A rude Royal doctor 
  • The scientist who came up with the idea for using a canaries in coalmines.

Radcliffe Observatory


An Oxford Experience: Punting

  • If you have more than a couple of hours in Oxford –  have a go at punting.
  • As a local is one of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon. 

Oxford punts

Tabby from Cotswold and Oxford tours punting on the River Cherwell photo by Guy Fairbank


Costs are based on fees recommended by the Guild of Tourist Guides  

It is advisable to take out travel insurance.

Terms follow the guidelines set by the British Guild of Tourist Guides.

Cancellations by client

  • 10 days prior to commencement of tour 50% of fee
  • 4 days (96 hours) or less prior to commencement of tour 100% of fee


Entrance to Oxford colleges and other sites  is not included.

You will also need to cover the cost of any transport and refreshments.


I would recommend:

  • good walking shoes
  • waterproof clothing or sunscreen and sun hat  (Britain is famous for its changeable weather)
  • bottle of water