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Hidden Oxford

Discover Oxford’s secret treasures and best-known sights with unmissable guided walks.

Young or old, first-time visitor or lifelong resident, Hidden Oxford will surprise and intrigue you with unparalleled knowledge delivered by a “fantastically captivating storyteller”. A tour to suit every interest, with no two tours the same

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Felicity Tholstrup

Felicity Tholstrup has been delivering tailor-made guided walks with Hidden Oxford since 2002, introducing visitors to the rich history of the city and its University. Her walks are regularly rated as one of Oxford's best-enjoyed visitor experiences.

‘An afternoon to remember – plague pits, croziers and treasures’Richard S

Absolutely superb’ Lady B

 ‘Charm, calm and authority’ Kathleen S

‘Not at all what I expected and so much better!’David P

‘My friends said it was the best tour they had ever had. High praise!’ Susan McC

‘Charming and brilliant at what she does’ Paddy R

‘We had so often walked past those landmarks in ignorance of their extraordinary past’ Paul G

 "You lived up to your Hidden Oxford concept and gave us a fascinating insight of the university rather than the conventional sightseeing tour we have come to expect" EDFAS

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‘I can’t imagine anyone more knowledgeable about Oxford’ State Farm Insurance

‘Felicity Tholstrup’s engagement, wit and in-depth preparation made the experience unique’ Paradigm Capital

We loved your entertaining and idiosyncratic approach to guiding, bringing the inanimate to life, winning over the young" John H 

‘Feedback about you from our guests was universally glowing’ St Edmund Hall

‘The best event overall was the Wartime themed tour of Oxford by Felicity Tholstrup’ OU Alumni Events

‘Splendidly clear commentary and full of humour’ Marlow NADFAS

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“Over the years I have learnt what will intrigue visitors about Oxford. I will bring the secrets of this inspiring city to life.”

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Tours begin at a time and place convenient to you, and last from one and a half hours to all day bookings.

Many sights and secrets can be explored in this time. Tours cost from £110. Felicity is happy to recommend other interesting places to visit so that you can make the very best of your day in Oxford.  

Corporate events and conferences are a specialty.

Felicity has worked closely with many Oxford University Departments and colleges for their special events, conferences and courses and shown their special guests and VIPs around the city. She has also delivered a number of talks on various aspects of the history of Oxford and has produced a book for young children to explore the city.

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Tailor Made Walks

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The most popular walk is about Oxford and its University.

Any related subjects requested can be included. Depending on the specific interests of the client, themed tours can be requested:

  • Carvings and codes in stone

  • Oxford v Cambridge

  • Historic alehouses and taverns

  • Women at Oxford University 

  • Literary Oxford

  • Science trail

  • Children's tours

  • Wartime Oxford

  • Curious Oxford

  • Famous Oxford Alumni

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Get in Touch

No two tours are alike: whether you are planning a visit for a family, colleagues, friends or for a corporate or conference event, Felicity will work with you to understand your interests and craft a guided walk to match your expectations.

+44 7990 650 970

+44 1865 512 650

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Executive Education programmes, corporate events and conferences

‘The Team Quest was a roaring success'

 Hammerson Group

‘Several of the participants saw your visit as a highlight and spoke of the keen interest you evoked through your stories… During a module on effective narrative, you were personally cited as an example of ‘a fantastically captivating storyteller’’ 

Said Business School

‘I have had so much praise for both you and your itinerary during our conference’ 

Oxford Analytica

 ‘Felicity was a tremendous guide on both days - informative and fascinating. Her connections allowed us to experience our visits on a very personal level'

OA Conference 


Engaging with a young audience

 ‘You did wonders to cover so much ground and keep the children fascinated with everything you told them’ 

Sir Michael P

"You hit just the right note with history and fun and clearly thought through a brilliant 'reveal' of all [Oxford's] secret places" 

Tessa A

"Your tours with our little group were the highlight of my time at Oxford. My children love your book" 

Juliette Q 

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