Guided walk around the parish of St Thomas the Martyr

A black and white map of Oxford - the castle and mound is to the left and the church of St Thomas to the right


“Be not solitary, be not idle”: Guided walk around the parish of St Thomas the Martyr, West Oxford

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 Tuesday 1 March 2022, 12pm–1.45pm
Saturday 12 March 2022, 2pm – 3.45pm

   Starting point: Next to Oxford Castle mound
(New Road, OX1 1AY)

  Free event, booking required

Both walks are now sold out

About the event

"But the most pleasant of all outward pastimes is ... to make a pretty progress, a merry journey now and then with some good companions, to visit friends, see cities, castles, towns." (The Anatomy of Melancholy

Follow Robert Burton’s recommendation with a guided walk around one of the most ancient and historic areas of Oxford. St Thomas’s was among Oxford’s earliest suburbs, first inhabited in Saxon times.

Learn more about this fascinating parish, about the people who made it so rich both culturally and socially, and about the historic buildings which still survive there. The walk includes (by arrangement) a visit to St Thomas’s church where Burton himself was Vicar.

  • Meeting point: next to Oxford Castle mound (New Road, OX1 1AY), at the foot of the steps nearest the café.
  • Finish point: St Thomas the Martyr Church, St Thomas’ St, OX1 1JL

Please note the walk takes 1hr 45 minutes including stopping points and takes place outdoors.  Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the day’s weather.


Liz Woolley, local history writer, speaker, broadcaster and tour guide


The logo for St Thomas the Martyr


This event is generously supported by The Helen Hamlyn Trust.

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