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The best way to get a running commentary on the important sights is to take a 2-hour walking tour through the city and the major colleges. The tours leave daily from the Oxford Tourist Information Centre at 11am, 1, and 2pm. Tours costs £7 for adults and £3.50 for children 15 and younger; the tours do not include New College or Christ Church. There are two tours that leave the Oxford Tourist Information Centre on Saturday at 10:30am and 1:30pm; these tours include admission to Christ Church. They cost £7.50 adults, £4 children 15 and younger. Call tel. 01865/252200 (www.visitoxford.org) for more information.

For a good orientation, hour-long, open-top bus tours around Oxford are available from City Sightseeing Oxford (tel. 01865/790522; www.citysightseeingoxford.com), whose office is at the railway station (tours also start from the railway station; other pickup points are Sheldonian Theatre, Gloucester Green Bus Station, and Pembroke College). Buses leave every 10 to 15 minutes daily. Tickets are good for the day. Tours run November to February daily from 9:30am to 3:40pm, March daily from 9:30am to 4:40pm, and April to October daily 9:30am to 6:30pm. The cost is £12 for adults, £9.50 for students and seniors, £6 for children 5 to 14 years old; a family ticket for two adults and three children is £31. Children 4 and younger get to ride free. Tickets can be purchased from the driver and are valid for 24 hours.

The Tourist Information Centre, 15-16 Broad St. (tel. 01865/252200), offers a ghost tour, which explores Oxford's ghoulish and gory past. The office also has a number of walking tours, with the ghost tour available Friday and Saturday evenings June to October from 7:45pm, covering the dark alleyways around the ancient schools. The cost is £7.50 for adults and £4 for children; tickets are available at the office during the day. Day tours begin at 10am daily, including Christmas.

A Nostalgic Walk -- Our favorite pastime here is to take Addison's Walk through the water meadows. The stroll is named after a former Oxford alumnus, Joseph Addison, the 18th-century essayist and playwright noted for his contributions to The Spectator and The Tatler.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.