Oxford History Tours Business Profile

Oxford History Tours

Guided Tours of Oxford

Sophie Duncan
Oxford History Tours

Oxford History Tours

Sophie, is a historian, tour guide, and entrepreneur behind a new business, Oxford History Tours. Its Instagram describes the tours as “an authentic introduction to Oxford’s history” – certainly more than your usual walking tour. Founded this year, its guided tours around the city delve into the wealth of architecture, literature and history within Oxford. Sophie tells me that her mission is to “give more than a cursory glance at some of the great waves of history” through tours that are entertaining yet allow you to dig into compelling topics.

Tour Guides in Oxford

A graduate of History and Art History from Oxford Polytechnic (now Oxford Brookes University), specialising in stained glass; Oxford colleges; and the impact of the Norman Conquest, Reformation and Civil War on technology. Sophie lived in France for 22 years, and in 2012 she began organising medieval history tours of the Languedoc region with her husband. After client requests, in 2015 she gave her first art history tour.

Sophie runs a 2-hour and 1.5-hour tour, as well as tours in French. These include insights into famous buildings such as St Mary’s University Church and the Divinity Schools, but also lesser-known facts (both pleasant and chilling…) about our mysterious and charming Oxford.

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