All of our tours focus on a specific theme and ask questions aimed at provoking new ways of seeing the city landscape and its history.
We recommend first-time participants begin with our signature Original Uncomfortable Tour™, running weekly!
Dec 11 - Dec 17
The Original Uncomfortable Tour™
The perfect introductory tour of Oxford, this tour engages with the politics of memory in the city and university.
It covers histories of empire, class divides, gender discrimination, highlighting how these legacies have left an enduring impact on our modern lives.
Discussing histories of prejudice and bloodshed, we debunk the myths of 'medieval' times.
Length: 1.5 hrs
Take one of our specialized tours to explore a specific topic in depth. All tours 1.5 hrs.
Explore the tensions between traditional narratives of the city and its complex, diverse realities.
Length: 1.5 hrs
Follow the Money
Through the lens of historic and contemporary wealth networks, discuss the controversies surrounding contentious sources of revenue.
Oxford and Empire
Uncover the many entanglements between the University of Oxford and the British Empire.
Discover the stories of those who came before, but are hidden beneath the gendered landscape of the city.
Tickets can be cancelled or rescheduled up to 24 hours in advance of the scheduled tour time. Any adjustments after this will be made at the company's discretion.
Meet our guides!
Paula is a DPhil candidate in the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on the history of public health policy in Canada and the experience of Indigenous Peoples and Immigrants.
Olivia is a DPhil candidate in the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford. She researches nineteenth century New Orleans and Odessa as multicultural port cities in expanding settler societies.
Waqas is a DPhil candidate in French and English Literature at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the representation of the mind and consciousness in the arts, bilingualism, poetry and Hip Hop.
Louis is a DPhil student in history, researching
identity and otherness in the Holy Roman Empire. A former president of Pembroke College MCR, he campaigns to promote inclusivity in graduate admissions.
Amelia is a third year undergraduate student in the Faculty of History at the University of Oxford, with particular interests in black history, the legacies of empire and national memory.
Jagyoseni is a DPhil Candidate, studying the history of medicine. Her research focuses on infectious disease and medicinal practices in colonial India.
Lunan studied as a visiting undergraduate student in English Literature at the University of Oxford. His research interests include postcolonial thinking, medical humanities, and transcultural studies.
Aisha is an MPhil Development Studies candidate. She researches far-right political ideologies in Pakistan, and is broadly interested in how colonial histories shape development outcomes.
Cameron is reading for a Masters in African Studies at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the social psychology of race, identity and higher education in South Africa. His thesis will explore “white fragility” on University campuses post-#RhodesMustFall.
Julie is a Master student reading African Studies at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on gender and nationalism in subsaharan Africa as well as colonial legacies and continuities.
Malak is a final-year undergraduate reading English Language and Literature at the University of Oxford. She is interested in postcolonial and world literature studies,
in particular Anglophone
Madeline is an MPhil student the History of Science, Medicine, and Technology. She is interested in the use of scientific language and theories on colonized places and populations.
Azania is a Rhodes Scholar studying a Master's in Modern South Asian Studies. Her research investigates ideas of the self, othering, and narrative as a means of identity assertion, as well as urban legands and paranormal activities.
Callum is a graduate student studying for an MPhil in political theory. He is an active member of ACORN, and works with the student group Oxford Worker Justice seeking to build solidarity between students and the university's most exploited workers
DPhil student in the Faculty of History. Scott's research focuses on diplomacy between Christians and Muslims during the Crusades.
Hannah is a Visiting Fellow at the Dickson Poon China Centre. Her research focuses on rebellion, religion and empire in late imperial China.
Why do we charge for our tours?
Although we started as a student volunteer project,
Uncomfortable Oxford has grown into a Social Enterprise!
We did this for three reasons:
1. To be able to pay our guides for all the hard work they do.
Our guides are university students and are dedicated to delivering good and well researched content. We want to reward them for their time and the quality of the work they accomplish with us.
2. To ensure we can run free public events throughout the year.
We charge an individual fee for tours, but we also run many free events during the year with partner institutions - such as the Ashmolean museum - and with the local community.
3. To ensure we are sustainable and have a lasting impact.
It takes a lot of time to do the research for our content and create our partnerships. This enables us to grow in quality and impact. The project must be self-sustaining to ensure it doesn’t disappear from the Oxford landscape.
Your support helps us to continue working hard
at having a positive impact in Oxford.