2-3 Hour Cycle Tour of Oxford: Explore Fascinating Architecture and Historic Sites
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219 Ratings
Oxfordshire
Discover Oxford's historic architecture and scenic countryside on a guided 2-3 hour cycle tour. Experience more of the city on bike.
Duration: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
Highlights
  • Radcliffe Camera - A historic neo-classical building constructed between 1737 and 1749, part of Oxford University. It’s one of the university’s 28 libraries!
  • Bridge of Sighs - Which came first, the Oxford version or the one in Venice? Connecting two university buildings, this bridge is located in the heart of historic Oxford.
  • Sheldonian Theatre - A uniquely designed building based on plans by Christopher Wren, built from 1664 to 1669.
  • Lady Margaret Hall - Known as LMH, this part of the University of Oxford was founded in 1878 as the first women’s college in Oxford. Since 1979, it has admitted both women and men.
  • Port Meadow - Explore one of Oxford’s largest open spaces where cows, horses, and wildlife roam freely! The River Thames runs through this meadow, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Scheduled Ancient Monument.
  • Thames River - In Oxford, the Thames meets the Oxford Canal, supporting wildlife, small boats, university rowers, and offering opportunities for walking and riding along its banks.
  • Oxford Canal - Experience the tranquil Oxford canal system, once a bustling part of the city’s industry, now home to many narrowboat residents.
What's Included
  • Local guide
  • Bicycle use
What's Not Included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
Additional Information

Oxford is a beautiful city packed full of fascinating and historic architecture, spacious countryside, relaxing rivers and canals and has been (and continues to be) where many inspirational people have called home.

You will be offered a unique guided cycle tour of Oxford, where you can see and experience so much more of Oxford and what it has to offer.

You’ll be able to see a lot more on bike, both within the city and its surrounds.

  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • As this is a cycle tour, wheelchairs and strollers wouldn’t be used but tag alongs are available
  • Minimum 2 travellers or single person supplement
  • Please check-in 10 minutes before departure
  • Not recommended for late stage pregnant travellers
Location
78 Walton St
Walton Street
Departure Point: Central Oxford Address: Walton Street Cycles 78 Walton Street Oxford
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Shannon_d
May 19, 2024
A great overall experience of Oxford - Great experience going through the town as well as the countryside. The guide was very thoughtful and rode at a good speed for the group. He also had good knowledge and was adaptable.
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Z6056nbjamesd
Oct 12, 2023
Two wheeled adventures - Jay was great, informative and really relaxed. Ride was well paced and great stories were shared, best way to enjoy Oxford
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Norgordon
Oct 8, 2023
Wonderful tour around Oxford - This Tour was the highlight of our weekend trip to Oxford. Our guide Jaye was really knowledgeable with a touch of humour. The pace was really relaxed. We explored parts of Oxford we would have never discovered if we had not been on this tour. Highly recommend Jaye as a guide and the rest of the team at Bainton Bikes.
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Heatherscobie
Sep 24, 2023
Brilliant guide, very interesting! - This was just the right level for us. A 2 1/2 hour leisurely ride around Oxford. Our guide was great. Just the right level of information. We learnt some very interesting stuff about Oxford!
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Nancy_j
Sep 24, 2023
A fun, interesting and most enjoyable history lesson - and all on a bike!! - The whole experience was memorable. Mike was a top rate tour guide, taking me to nooks and cranies of the City not discoverable off your own bat. His knowledge of history was excellent and his interesting, quirky anecdotes were enjoyable and entertaining. Cycling round the City was definitely the way to go, especially given that I was there only for a flying visit. I am a confident cyclist but I'm sure a novice would feel equally safe with the routes we took. It was very easy to negotiate the roads and little amount of traffic we encountered. I would recommend it as a 'must do' for any visit to the City.
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Goplaces44103427382
Sep 24, 2023
Excellent tour - Excellent guide - great choice - We joined the 2-3 hr tour with Mike at Bainton bikes. After the set up on the bikes and helmets provided if wanted (NZ’rs are used to them), we hit all the main highlights of the old city & more. Mike has a great depth of knowledge and a great story teller. We loved the canals and criss crossing the old bridges and a surprise find with the old Godstow nunnery which was in the Mamma Mia 2 movie (when I kissed the teacher scene). A mix of relaxed biking pace in the inner city and a good stretch of the legs along the canal’s & countryside. Great experience right around and thoroughly recommend Mike as a tour guide. A+
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A1555wnsuzannem
Sep 15, 2023
Wonderful - Howard was our guide and I appreciated his explanation of history in a snap shot and his appreciation of cycling. I really recommend it.
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78scottg
Sep 4, 2023
Great fun - The guide was knowledgable and fun. It was a great tour! That's all I wanted to write, but this app requires 100 characters.
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Ns-wollongong
Aug 30, 2023
Oxford August cycling tour - We enjoyed our tour with knowledgeable guide Mike. Cycling around is a great way to see the Oxford sights. The pace was gentle, with no significant climbs. If arriving by car, I recommend planning your parking in advance.
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Carol_k
Aug 28, 2023
Great way to learn about Oxford - Great mix of Colleges, canals. Felt more comfortable than cycling on our own. Plus we learned a lot. Plenty of stops. Not non stop biking.
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