Sophie Duncan

Regional Qualification(s):

City of Oxford Green Badge


English, French

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Contact guide


After co-founding and running a tour company in south-west France since 2010, I returned to Oxford in 2019.

I am an honours graduate in history and art history and experienced with school groups, business travellers and private family tours.

My tours are described as insightful and entertaining.
In addition to the classic history and architecture tour favourite themes include stained glass, the history of books and scholarship and science and medicine .

Colleges which I love to take visitors to include New College, Exeter, All Souls , St John's College, Balliol , Wadham and Jesus. I am one of a limited number of accredited guides who can accompany visitors to Oxford's Christchurch.

I have recently published my first book based on my experience of living in rural France for 22 years. Beyond Paris, An Insiders Guide to Rural France is available on major bookselling sites and Amazon.

Walking tours of Oxford are offered throughout the year.

Personal Interests:

Stained glass history in Oxford. The religious origins, wealth and independence of Oxford's college's mean that many period where glass has been destroyed, sold or neglected is still in in place to be admired. The intimate spaces in Oxford and short distance between sites make Oxford a really special place to discover the arts of coloured glass
Complete visit experiences
English Civil War
The Reformation

Special Interests:


Changing use of Colleges over the centuries


Gothic and Classical architecture over the centuries


Seventeenth century
The Royal Society and the scientific revolution in Oxford


The English Reformation

Walking Tours

Walking tours of highlights of the University and decorative arts and architecture tucked away in side streets and colleges

Conferences & Incentives

Let me organise your experience for small parties or conferences. I have experience in successfully matching individuals with accommodation and venues to suit their style and budget.

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