Events and Excursions

Gile Gilbert Scott in Oxford

Outings are usually guided walks within public open space with, in a few cases, access into a church or other public building, and this element may have to be omitted if access is not available at the time. The number of places for each outing is limited but we will keep a reserve list in case of cancellations.

We are not charging for the cost of the guides but, if there is cost for access into buildings, we will ask for payment in advance. Transport costs must also be paid in advance and a secure online PayPal link will be sent on confirmation of the booking. Refreshments may be offered, the cost of these can be usually made on the day.

Each member must make a separate booking as we have a limited number of places for each excursion. If a member would like to bring a friend, please give the friend's name but use the member's email address so we can allocate the booking correctly.

These excursions are only for OAHS members but if you would like to join OAHS, please see our Joining Details Page

To see any bookings you have already made, please log in to view your membership details and scroll down to Event Bookings where you can see all bookings you have made.

If you need to cancel, please email

Confirmation and joining details will be sent by email. Please watch for announcements on the website, and make sure that we have your email address - you can check the details we hold for you by logging in. There will not be any paper booking forms.

If you have any queries please contact the Excursion Secretary:

Disability Policy
Members with limited mobility must contact the Excursions Secretary, email: before booking an excursion to discuss whether special access arrangements can be made to buildings or locations. The Society will do its best to accommodate special needs, but reserves the right to refuse access to its events where, in the judgement of the Committee, the safety of an individual or of other participants is put at risk.

A Guided History Walk round New Hinksey

Date: 04 June 2024
Time: 14.00-16.00
Leader: Liz Woolley
Location: Hinksey Park
Cost: £6.00
No of Places: 20
Closing Date for Bookings: 28 May 2024

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New Hinksey was established in the late 1840s as result of the building of Oxford's first railway line. It was an 'island' suburb, half a mile out of Oxford and surrounded by open fields and water meadows until development to the north linked it to the city thirty years later. It is a maze of narrow intersecting streets lined with two-up-two-down terraced cottages. Although now largely residential, there is still plenty of evidence of the many shops and pubs which once thrived here, and it contains a lake crossed by the enigmatically-named Devil’s Backbone; Oxford’s former waterworks pumping station; a handsome vicarage and church; and a primary school still occupying its Victorian buildings. Come and find out more about the history of this unusual and perhaps little-known part of Oxford.

Liz has been leading themed, local history walks, in and around the city, for the past 20 years.

A Private Tour of the Grade 1, Jacobean, National Trust owned Chastleton House and the village of Chastleton

Date: 27 June 2024
Time: 10.00-12.00
Leader: Simon Draper
Location: Chasleton House, Moreton in Marsh
Cost: £12.00
No of Places: 21
Closing Date for Bookings: 24 June 2024

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A private tour of this historic Gloucestershire mansion with Simon Draper, to include a tour of the village. Simon Draper is a local historian, well known for writing and researching for the Victoria County History. He has recently finished his research and project on Chastleton. Geoffrey Tyack and Julian Munby will also be assisting with this event.

Visit to Rewley Abbey and the newly restored Stephenson Swingbridge

Date: 02 July 2024
Time: 14.30-16.30
Leader: Tom Hassall
Location: Said Business School, Frideswide’s Square
Cost: Free
No of Places: 25
Closing Date for Bookings: 28 June 2024

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Tom will lead a walk to visit the location of Rewley Abbey, the newly-restored Stephenson swingbridge and inside the Said Business School.
Tom Hassall has lived and worked in Oxford since graduating from the university in the late 1960s. He was involved with the archaeology of the original Westgate Centre!

A Tour of the village of Appleton

Date: 17 July 2024
Time: 14.00-16.00
Leader: Trevor Rowley
Location: Appleton
Cost: Free
Options: Tea and Cakes at The Plough
Option Cost: £6.50
No of Places: 20
Closing Date for Bookings: 12 July 2024

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A History Walk round the village of Appleton, to include the exterior of the manor house and (hopefully) a visit to Northmoor Lock with one of only five surviving paddle and rymer weirs in the country. Tea and cakes available at The Plough, Appleton for a charge of £6.50, bookable in advance and payable on the day.
Well-known local historian, Trevor Rowley, is also a resident of the village and runs regular courses at Oxford University's Department of Continuing Education.
Photo: David Clark

Historic Swedish Ironwork in Oxford

Date: 28 July 2024
Time: 09.00-11.00
Leader: David Clark
Location: Oxford
Cost: Free
No of Places: 15
Closing Date for Bookings: 25 July 2024

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A tour of Oxford’s surviving examples of historic Swedish ironwork, from early C18 to the early C20, viewing the transition from wrought to cast iron and various fashions in design.
David Clark is a local archaeologist with a special interest in ironwork. He has been prominent in the Oxfordshire Buildings Record and OAHS, and is a former President of the Vernacular Architecture Group.

Iffley Excursion

Date: 15 September 2024
Time: 14.00
Leader: Geoffrey Tyack
Location: St Mary's Church, Iffley
Cost: Free
No of Places: 20
Closing Date for Bookings: 12 September 2024

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Geoffrey Tyack will lead a walk around the exterior and interior of St Mary's Church, Iffley for approx 1 hour. Then the tour will continue to walk around the village for a further hour to look at the older houses and two former school - one of which is now the church hall.

Iffley church dates from the late 12th and early 13th-century, and is one of the finest parish churches of that date in England. There is some fascinating and well-preserved Romanesque sculpture both inside and outside, good Victorian and 20th-century stained glass, including a window by John Piper, and excellent examples of contemporary church art by Roger Wagner and others.

Refreshments will be available at the recently re-opened pub or the Isis Farmhouse which is a short walk over Iffley Lock

Geoffrey Tyack is the current President of OAHS. He is an architectural historian, and has written extensively on the architecture of Oxford and Oxfordshire.