The best way to see Oxford city is on a bicycle. The city is very compact and there are numerous cycle routes in the city and along the Thames river path.
Please note that the bike tours do not visit inside colleges and they don't focus on the city centre either much, so if you prefer to see inside colleges, please book either the PRIVATE tour or book the PUBLIC combined bike + walk tour. These latter tours normally visits one or more university colleges or historic buildings but there is no guarantee that, as university buildings they may suddenly decide to close.
Bike tours start at either 10am or at 2.30pm.
The combined bike + walk tour starts at either 10am or at 12.30.
We can run PRIVATE tours year round but we may decide not to approve public tour bike tour requests for dates from mid October to mid March as winter tours will run depending on actual weather circumstances.
Nearly all the bookings actually end up being private tours, so tours can be customised to your interest and are kept at small numbers.
Bike Tour only last approximately 2.5-3 hours and are guided.
Combined bike + walk tours last extra average 2 hours duration.
You will see many of the best sights and hear all about the university and city history plus gain insight into Lewis Carroll's telling of the 'Alice in Wonderland' story, as we partially follow the route he took young Alice Liddell from Christchurch along the Thames river.
Bicycles will be either mountain bikes. We have very limited stick of children's bikes and the bikes we have fit from someone of height 4'2'' (1.3m) up to 6'3'' (1.9m).
The bikes are provided for your Oxford bicycle tour but if you may require some kind of tandem adult and child combined bicycle, these must be hired privately or you should ask us to organise hire of such bikes at a surcharge fee.
Note that it's not obligatory to wear a bike helmet in Oxford, so helmets are provided upon request.
The tour operator has public liability insurance but please note that customers must understand that they are nevertheless riding at their own risk and to follow the general safety instructions given by the guide at the start of the tour and during the tour. It is also a condition of booking a bicycle tour, that the customer must be familiar with how to ride a bicycle.
Weather in the U.K. is unpredictable and so it is advisable to dress for any type of weather. It is Oxford bicycle tours policy not to cancel bookings due to poor weather unless we decided it was unsafe riding conditions, such as icy conditions. On the day of the tour, if customers request due to very poor weather, to swap the bicycle tour for a walking tour, we will consider that option for you.