Black Oxford Untold Stories Guided Bus Tours

A unique journey back in time, unlocking the secret histories of Oxford’s Black scholars.

The Black Oxford Untold Stories bus tour – the only one of its kind, providing a perspective on Oxford’s history that is often overlooked.


Step aboard and prepare to be captivated by a 60-minute guided bus journey through time curated to celebrate the remarkable achievements of Black scholars whose contributions and legacies continue to inspire and resonate today.

The tour will bring unknown stories to life, including that of pioneer Christian Frederick Cole, the University of Oxford’s first black scholar and Britain’s first black barrister.

Passengers will be treated to previously untold stories celebrating Oxford’s black history at some of the city’s most iconic locations, including the Radcliffe Camera and the Bridge of Sighs.
Visitors can enjoy the experience via City Sightseeing Oxford’s hop-on hop-off bus, take in the breathtaking views of Oxford’s picturesque spires from the top deck, and get up close with a walk through the city’s historic streets.

Led by acclaimed author and historian Pamela Roberts, her bespoke and engaging live commentary breathes life into the compelling narratives and illuminates the often-overlooked contributions of Black academics, providing insights into the challenges and triumphs of these trailblazers.

Pamela Roberts, founder and director of Black Oxford: Untold Stories, said: “The tour challenges the misconception that historically black students never studied at the University of Oxford.

“When it comes to the University of Oxford’s historic alumni, the names of Oscar Wilde, C.S. Lewis, Margaret Thatcher, Harold Wilson, and Bill Clinton are familiar to many. But what about its Black scholars?

“Guests will learn about the lives of the university’s black presence, such as James Arthur Harley, who became the first black scholar at the Pitt Rivers Museum, and Kofoworola Moore, Oxford University’s first African woman scholar at St Hugh’s College.”

The tour lasts 90 minutes and will occur on July 27th, August 10th, September 14th, and October 5th, 6th, 12,13th October 2024


£20 for adults

£11 for children,

Student and senior tickets £15.

Tickets are available to purchase from the Queen’s Lane Visitor Information Point (44-45 High Street) or online at

For more information and to book a tour, visit the City Sightseeing Oxford website here: