Walking Tours of Oxford
Our tours are written and researched by academic experts. They ask questions that provoke new ways of seeing the city landscape and its history. All tours last aproximately 1.5hrs.
We recommend first-time participants begin with our signature Original Uncomfortable Tour™, running weekly!
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, inequality, and race, class, and gender discrimination, highlighting how these legacies have an enduring impact on our modern lives.
Dec 11 - Dec 17
History of Medicine Tour
Both uncomfortable and fascinating, this tour asks questions about the lasting impact of disease and the way in which imperialism, conflict, and inequality have helped shape the development of modern medicine.
Hidden Histories Tour
This guided journey around Oxford will go back in time to explore the many ways women have historically experienced the urban space, uncover how masculinities have shaped and been shaped by the university, and highlight queer experiences in the city.
Oxford and Empire Tour
This tour contextualises the historical ties between Oxford and the British Empire, exploring how Oxford University was shaped by the imperial project and how its graduates went on to gain powerful positions in the Empire.
Follow the Money Tour
This is a student-led tour that highlights the University of Oxford’s relationship with contentious sources of revenue. It explores controversial funding sources that give their name to buildings like the Said Business School and the Sackler library.
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.
MPhil Political Theory
MPhil Modern South Asian Studies
MSt Public Policy
BA English Language and Literature
MPhil African Studies
MSt Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Why do we charge for our tours?
Since 2019, 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 Oxford museums, or the Festival of Ideas - 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 does not disappear from the Oxford landscape.
Your support helps us to continue working hard
at having a positive impact in Oxford.