The city centre of Oxford is dense with historic University and College buildings, its streets echoing with the footsteps of famous people who have taught and studied here.
Each location has a tale to tell, including of course my own Jesus College, and many of my stories are by definition personal, authentic accounts of life here as a student at the best and most famous University in the world.
Here's the itinerary:
A brief introduction, the backdrop will be the Bridge of Sighs, before moving down New College Lane to the former gatehouse to New College, whose ex students include Hugh Grant, Kate Beckinsale, and Naomi Wolf.
Back to the Bodleian Library complex to include the Hawksmoor designed neo-classical Clarendon Building, the original Oxford University Press, now the seat of the Vice-Chancellor, and Bodley's Librarian; Wren's Sheldonian Theatre, the centre for University ceremonies; and the gothic Bodleian Library itself.
We will then move past Hertford College (John Donne, Evelyn Waugh, Fiona Bruce among famous alumni) into Radcliffe Square for the iconic Radcliffe Camera, All Souls College, and the University Church of St Mary.
A detour to an intriguing CS Lewis Narnia site in St Mary's Passage, followed by a look at Cecil Rhodes, before moving back past Brasenose College (William Golding, John Buchan, Michael Palin, David Cameron), up Brasenose Lane past Exeter College (Tolkien, Philip Pullman,William Morris (designer, not car man).
Into Turl Street for my own Jesus College (Lawrence of Arabia, former Prime Minister Harold Wilson). Then to Broad Street for the Gormley statue, Oxfam, Balliol (Aldous Huxley, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Nevil Shute, Robert Southey, Boris Johnson...and many more... ).
Then down Broad Street past Blackwells, the Emperors' Heads, the Weston Library, and finishing back where we started. All accompanied by my "brilliant stories and anecdotes."
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Meet Your Live Virtual Guide
I’m a former student here, I read Modern Languages at Jesus College, taking final examinations (“Finals”) in the long, hot summer of 1976.
Later I became an MA, Master of Arts, which means I can officially designate myself as MA (Oxon). How exactly you qualify for an MA at Oxford is not at all what you might expect...
I was at school in Oxford too, so it’s very much home to me, and I now live in the centre, truly a local.
After a career including time spent abroad in the Middle East and Spain, I returned to Oxford and qualified as a professional, official Green Badge Guide for the City of Oxford.
I’m also a member of the venerable Oxford Guild of Tour Guides and the prestigious Institute of Tourist Guiding, the governing body of our profession in England.
My tours are fun, friendly, and fascinating, or so I'm told.