Oxford to offer scheduled tours on double decker

OXFORD – Except at the Double Decker Festival and a few other special occasions, the only way to ride Oxford’s double-decker English bus up until now was to rent it for a group – at $100 to $160 per hour.
This Saturday at 10 a.m., the Oxford Convention and Visitors Bureau will offer a scheduled tour of Oxford and the University of Mississippi for just $5 per adult and $2 per child.
“We’re just going to do one this Saturday and another Sept. 11,” said Mary-Kathryn Millner, the CVB’s director of tourism. If the response is good, she said, Saturday tours will be scheduled more frequently.
The tour will leave from City Hall and is expected to last between an hour and 90 minutes. Historian Jack Lamar Mayfield will offer narrative on many of the city’s and university’s most historic sites.
Millner noted this weekend offers several other attractions for visitors. Faulkner’s home, Rowan Oak, will be open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday for further exploration, while the University Museum is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.
This weekend also features the Oxford Endurance Weekend with triathlon, bike races and other competitions.
“This is the last weekend before school starts at Ole Miss, so this is a great time to walk around campus and see the sights there – maybe the Civil Rights Monument and Faulkner’s Nobel Prize in the library,” Millner said. “And we’re always encouraging people to take in some of our fine restaurants and shopping.”
Tickets for Saturday’s double-decker tour can be purchased by phone at (662) 232-2367 or on-site prior to boarding.

Contact Errol Castens at (662) 281-1069 or errol.castens@djournal.com.

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