The Official Oxford Cycle Tour

The Official Oxford Cycle Tour

Known for its beautiful, historic architecture, Oxford still retains the ability to surprise us with its with its waterways, its parks and its hidden streets and gardens.

The Official Oxford Cycle tour boasts all of the Oxford highlights and provides a great overview of the city – perfect for first time visitors or anyone looking in increase their knowledge of our beautiful city.

As well as seeing the university from close up, our Official Oxford Cycle tour shows you parts of the city that most visitors do not see, and travel by bicycle allows us to slip away to visit quiet waterways and meadows with wildlife and views of the city that will remain with you long after leaving.

We begin by cycling amongst dreaming spires, the students’ colleges and university departments before escaping the hustle and bustle of the city centre into the surrounding countryside, riding alongside the River Thames in Port Meadow, and having a glimpse of the daily lives of past and present Oxonians.

The Official Oxford cycle tour has 11 carefully selected stops, tailored to reflect a broad mixture of history, culture and hidden gems.

At each stop our friendly guides will share some insight into our historic city, allowing plenty of time for interaction and photographs.

Key Facts

Tour Length – 8 Miles / 13 Km
Difficulty – Very Easy
Tour Duration – 2 hours – 3 hours
Suitability – Family friendly
Bikes – All bikes, child seats and trailers available


Adults £35
Children (15 and under) £30
Infant (in trailer or child seat) £5
Single person £55


To view a full route description and itinerary please download our brochure.

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The Official Oxford Cycle Tour

Exploring the beautiful city of Oxford

  • Visit the spot where the Oxford Martyrs last stood
  • Ride under the Bridge of Sighs
  • Look out for the wonderful grotesque gargoyles watching over you
  • Ride some of the oldest paths inside Oxford city walls
  • Ride to the meeting place of the famous literary group The Inklings
The Official Oxford Cycle Tour

Slip away into the peaceful countryside

  • Ride through historic Jericho
  • Visit the largest university press in the world; Oxford University Press
  • Ride through the historic Port Meadow
  • Ride along the River Thames, where Lewis Carroll began to spin the tale of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland
  • Visit the original burial place of the Henry II’s mistress – Rosamund the Fair
  • Ride along the historic Oxford Canal
The Official Oxford Cycle Tour

The inspirational residents of Oxford

  • Ride to the home of J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Visit Lady Margaret Hall where Benazir Bhutto studied and was elected as president of the Oxford Union
  • Ride past the University Parks and its cricket ground
  • See the distinctive college designed by William Butterfield
  • End the tour at Christopher Wrens ‘Jewel in Oxford’s architectural crown’

Meeting Point

Bainton Bikes
78 Walton Street

When days and times do the tours run?
Our Official Oxford Cycle Tour runs once a day Wednesday to Sunday during summer period, but tours are available any day and anytime subject to guide availability. Complete the Book Now form with your desired date and time and we will be in touch to finalise payment and confirm booking.

Can I bring my Dog?
Yes, no problem but let us know so we can book a dog trailer for you. There are also parts of the tour off road where your doggie can roam free

Can I bring a bag with me?
Yes, you can either carry your bag or some bikes do have baskets you can fit it in. If you have luggage or bulky bags we can make arrangements for you to leave these at our shop.

What do I need to bring with me?
Mostly nothing except yourself! But here are a few ideas to help keep you comfortable (depending on time of year)
Suitable clothing for the time of year
Sun cream
Bottle of water
Comfy shoes

Are the tours conducted in English?
Our tours are in English, our guides speak various languages and if you would like a tour in another language please contact us to arrange.

Do I need to book tours?
Yes, please email us before you come. If we have no guided tours running on your desired date we offer bike hire and self-guided maps for the tour.

What happens if it rains?
We don’t want you to have a miserable time if the heavens are falling down we always give the option to cancel or change your date. However rain doesn’t stop us and we recommend bringing your waterproofs if there is a chance of rain.

Do we go inside the museums, monuments and colleges?
Not as standard but it is always possible to pop into a college if the group wants to, some colleges charge small entrance fees which would not be included in the price. When booking your tour let us know and we can make suitable arrangements

What are the safety issues?
We follow carefully planned routes on our tours, which will keep you away from busy traffic and were possible using pedestrian crossings. Our hire bikes are regular maintained by qualified mechanics.
Parents are politely reminded that they are responsible for their children.

How big do the tour groups get?
Normally no more than 10 but this may be bigger if there are families with children. We cater for larger groups of up to 100 but these are pre-arranged, contact us for more details if you have a large group.

Are these tours appropriate for children?
Our day tours are very much so. We have child seats, trailers and trailer bikes. If your children can cycle let us know their age and we can reserve a children’s bike for them. Holiday tours may not be suitable, please contact us to discuss in more detail.

After a tour can we hang onto the bikes a bit longer would that be possible?
If you have been on one of our tours you can keep the bike until the shop closes or the following morning for a small rental fee, we would require a deposit so let us know you beforehand.

How fit do we need to be for a tour?
The group will always go as fast as the slowest rider, it is not a challenging ride anyway as you are always stopping to get information from the guide about history. You will not even get out of breath it is designed for all abilities.

How often can we go to restroom?
We have a toilet when you arrive and there are public conveniences on route, close to where our guides stop. If you are worried and think you may need to stop outside these breaks tell your guide beforehand and they will point out all facilities along the way. It is very relaxed and in no way a regimented tour, we always stop whenever anyone needs to.

Do you provide helmets?
We do keep some helmets in the shop we can lend you but cannot guarantee their safety
For safety and hygienic reasons Bainton Bikes do not hire out helmets. Apart from no legal constraints compelling a rider to wear one we also believe we cannot guarantee the hygiene of the prior user or the care given to the helmet. A helmet’s safety is deemed compromised if it has been dropped to the ground as the inner shell must be intact, the only way to know this is through thorough examination using x-ray which we are unable to do after every hire. Please bring your own helmet if you are worried, alternatively we do also sell helmets in our shop.

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