Profile updated 26/11/23
City of Oxford, Heart of England
Discover the university city of Oxford and the nearby Cotswold Hills with an experienced local guide.
I was born in Oxford and have family roots in the city dating back over 100 years. For the last 30 years I have lived with my family on the edge of the Cotswolds.
I would love to show you those quirky interesting things you might otherwise miss.
I am a Blue Badge Tour Guide for the Heart of England and a specialist Green Badge Guide for the university city of Oxford.
I offer guided walks of the university city of Oxford or tours of the nearby Cotswold Hills.
I specialise in tours for small groups.
You could try:
* Discovering Oxford's university and colleges
* A tour around quiet Cotswold villages
* Sleuthing out Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour filming locations in Oxford
* Exploring William Shakespeare's home town of Stratford-upon-Avon
* Finding out about the history of science and medicine in Oxford
* A beautiful countryside walk in the Cotswolds - enjoy getting out into nature
* Taking a family tour of Oxford including looking for clues about Harry Potter filming locations and discovering
about Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland.
Or I can design a bespoke tour for you.
In addition I am a qualified guide for Windsor Castle.
Some comments about my tours:
"Tabby is an excellent guide ! So knowledgeable and fun ! We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Oxford with her and highly recommend her services! She is the best !"
(Steve and Rosie and family from USA)
"Feel free to share our feedback - other people should get to enjoy Oxford and Cotswold through your eyes.
We very much enjoyed meeting you and were very impressed with your vast knowledge of so many things. Since we were with you we have seen several trees and beautiful flowers and said to ourselves “Tabby would know what that was”. Your navigation of Oxford was amazing and appreciated." (K & J from USA)
“I loved Tabby’s Oxford tour. She’s engaging and entertaining and happy to share her deep Morse universe and Oxford knowledge.” (Nancy K from Boston)
"Tabby provided our group of six with two days of guided tours in the Western Cotswolds and a day tour of Oxford, and we can't praise her too highly." ('All the gang' from Richmond, Virginia, USA and Harpenden, UK)
“Such a great tour. Highly recommended to Morse, Lewis Endeavour Oxford fans” (Julia from Oxford)
"Thanks a lot for all the arrangements and knowledge you shared! So much details and the passion." (Michelle from China)
"Thank you for a very enjoyable tour of Oxford. I found the architectural details and the historical events and people fascinating. Also, the many locations which have appeared in movies and TV series were very interesting. I was very impressed by Tabby who was very knowledgeable and personable." ( B from Ottawa, Canada.)
"Tabby is really knowledgeable and considerate. She always wants to give us the best scenery and stories. I am very grateful to her" (Qu Qiao from China)
"We had an amazing afternoon with Tabby. An overview of some best bits including some museums that I had been to before but missed key bits of, and some I never knew existed. I particularly enjoyed the history and architecture of the Oxford colleges which I had never been into before. Tabby led us at a nice pace, kept us engaged and dealt ably with the interests of the whole group. Naturally it was good to discover new spots for tea and cake too. Thanks very much" (P from Devon)
"Dear Tabby - thank you so much for making our trip so memorable. You were fantastic and we enjoyed everything immensely." (S & R New York)
"This entertaining tour gave insights into the city of Oxford as a back drop to the filming of scenes from the Morse/Lewis/Endeavour series. Tabby is hugely knowledgeable about the various episodes and her tour was very well planned and judged. Her delivery was very clear and she very capably guided us safely through the various busy lanes and roads" (P from Oxfordshire)
"Tabby really took our (varied) interests into account and came up with a tailored visit that kept us all happy. As an Oxford graduate, it was great to be reminded of places I knew and also to realise how much I’d missed. I went away awe-inspired by the beauty of Oxford all over again and determined to go back soon to find out more from Tabby’s wealth of knowledge." (S from London)
"Thank you for the tour. The information given of the various locations, topics, and periods of history was great. Although the weather wasn't the most cooperative the overall experience was grand." (G from South Carolina, USA.)
“excellent: informative and amusing guided tour of Oxford ... I really enjoyed your carefully researched facts, and stories about the old town” (J from Warwickshire)
"A very enjoyable tour of the Oxford colleges. Although naturally very historical in content, Tabby gave this information in a manner which was very entertaining and engrossing. She is a lady who is very knowledgeable about her home city and she provided many anecdotes throughout the tour. I would highly recommend this guided excursion to anyone who is interested in discovering more about Oxford and its colleges." (A and H from Hamilton, Scotland)
"For those of you wanting a first-rate tour around Oxford, whether you are visiting for the first time or revisiting, this should be your first port of call. Tabby Lucas, our friendly walking tour guide, was so knowledgeable and helped to bring alive the amazing history of Oxford, whether it related to the wizarding world of Harry Potter or the academic world of the University." (G from Oxfordshire)
"My daughter and I were immensely pleased with our Endeavour, Lewis, and Inspector Morse Tour. Tabby Lucas is very knowledgeable about where the filming locations occurred and was able to provide insight and anecdotes about the filming of TV programs and movies in Oxford." (Kathryn & Christine, USA)
|Oxford: where I was born and grew up. I love my home city join me to discover more about Oxford's university and colleges. I also offer specialist tours.|
|The Cotswolds: I live on the edge of the The Cotswolds National Landscape (Cotswolds AONB - Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty) join me to discover Cotswold villages and towns. .|
|Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour: I am a Morse fan! The original Inspector Morse series based on the novels by Colin Dexter, its sequel Lewis and prequel Endeavour.|
|Cotswold houses and gardens:|
|Punting on the river in Oxford: I have been punting since a was a child.|
|Wildlife and Countryside: I used to work in nature conservation.|
|The Mitfords: a fascinating family with links to the Cotswolds.|
|Harry Potter films and books|
Walking tours of the beautiful university city of Oxford.
* Film locations Oxford you
* Find out about Oxford's
* Harry Potter filming
Take a tour round the Cotswolds visiting small towns and quiet hidden villages. As a local I know where to go off the beaten track.
Explore Stratford-upon-Avon and find out about the places Shakespeare knew well.
One of the joys of the Cotswolds are the gardens such as Painswick Rococo Garden, Snowshill, Hidcote, Rousham, Kiftsgate, Sezincote and Bourton House Garden. Or visit the park designed by ‘Capability’ Brown at Blenheim Palace.
|Stately Homes & Country Houses||
You can visit some wonderful Stately Homes and Country houses in the Cotswolds varying from the grandeur of Blenheim Palace to Chavenage House which was used as a filmimg location for Poldark. Or you might like to visit Stanway House which has a 300 foot fountain in its garden.
|History & Prehistory||
Oxford - so much of Britain's history has Oxford links.
Explore filming locations for Downton Abbey in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds including the village of Bampton scene of many Downton weddings.
|Castles & Palaces||
Walking tours exploring the beautiful Cotswold countryside: You can never guarantee what wildlife you will see on a guided walk.
I previously worked in nature conservation and love sharing my interest in nature.
Find out about Oxford's scientists past and present
|Castles & Palaces||
Blenheim Palace: a World Heritage Site just outside Oxford. As a Blue Badge guide I can guide in the Palace grounds but not inside the Palace itself.
City of Oxford Green Badge, Windsor & Eton
Bachelor of Science