Explore the history of the city with our two walking tours, each offering a unique perspective, but both ending with a scrumptious Afternoon Tea at The Folly.
Guided University Walking Tour with Afternoon Tea
Step into the storied corridors of Oxford on an immersive walking tour, expertly guided by a university-educated, native English speaker. Delve into the city’s architectural and historic tapestry as you explore the mediaeval colleges, tracing the footsteps of scholars through chapels, quads, dining halls, and libraries. Uncover the magic of film locations from Harry Potter and Inspector Morse, adding a cinematic flair to the rich history that permeates the city. Begin the adventure at a renowned riverside restaurant on Folly Bridge, the area where Lewis Carroll embarked on river escapades with the real Alice. This locale, steeped in history as scholars once flocked here to study the 13th-century pioneer of science Roger Bacon, sets the stage for a journey through time. With a backdrop of cobbled backstreets, the tour winds past Christchurch and its meadows, revealing the secrets of an Anglo-Saxon priory and the City Cathedral, exploring the nexus of Thomas Wolsey and Henry VII. Venture inside a mediaeval college, unlocking its mysteries, and continue the exploration of iconic University buildings and the hallowed Bodleian Library. Film aficionados will relish the tales behind Harry Potter and Inspector Morse’s cinematic moments, woven seamlessly into the fabric of Oxford’s narrative. The tour reaches its zenith at the Folly Restaurant, where a traditional Afternoon Tea awaits. Indulge in a sumptuous spread of finger sandwiches, homemade scones with strawberry jam & decadent Cotswolds clotted cream, and a delightful selection of cakes, all paired with a carefully curated assortment of teas. It’s not just a feast for the taste buds but a sensory experience steeped in the city’s literary and culinary traditions. Conclude your exploration with the option to plan the remainder of your day alongside your guide or continue the discussion at the Folly, a riverside haven offering a perfect backdrop for reflecting on the day’s discoveries. Immerse yourself in the magic of Oxford, where history, literature, and charm converge in an unforgettable journey.
‘Alice in Wonderland’ Winter Meadow Walk With Afternoon Tea
Embark on a captivating journey through the enchanting Christ Church Meadow with “The Real ‘Alice in Wonderland’ Winter Meadow Walk” a leisurely 90-minute circular stroll guided by a local historian and author. Follow in the footsteps of the real Alice and Lewis Carroll along waterside paths, delving into the inspiration behind the characters, and unveiling the crucial role the River Thames played in shaping the iconic Alice books. Immerse yourself in the tour guided by Mark Davies, whose publications include “Alice in Waterland,” “Alice’s Oxford on Foot”, and “A Towpath Walk in Oxford,” as he unravels the tales inspired by the city’s waterways. Beginning and concluding at the delightful riverside restaurant The Folly, a poignant location, where Carroll’s & Alice’s boat trips commenced over 160 years ago. The tour starts with a hot drink to warm you up before the stroll, and ends with an indulgent mad hatter inspired afternoon tea, complete with sandwiches, scones, and cakes. A fitting end to a whimsical exploration of the real Wonderland that inspired Carroll’s timeless tales.