Maths in the City

Mathematical Walks

Our cities are filled with buildings, roads, cars, buses, trains, bikes, parks and gardens. They are crisscrossed with power, water, sewage and transport systems. They are built by engineers, architects, planners, technologists, doctors, designers and artists. Our cities are shaped by our environment, our society and our culture. And each and every part is built on mathematics.

These pages contain two walking tours of Oxford and London that explore some of the mathematical features in the cityscape. Please print the guides to conduct your own tour, or check back here to see when we are next advertising guided tours.

Oxford Tour

Bridge of Sighs - Oxford
The Oxford Tour takes in a range of sights from around the city, and explains the Mathematical concepts involved. We'll be looking at symmetry, geometry, GPS and engineering using footprints, string, chalk, woks and marbles!

Maths in the City Bookings

Maths is the City is launching an updated tour of Oxford on the 1st July 2017. Tours will be running multiple times a week in July and August 2017.

How many people can come on a tour?

Tours will be in groups of 10-15. If you are a group smaller than 10, we will put you on a waiting list and see if we can match you to other people interested in the same date.

How long does the tour take?

Tours last about an hour, and cover about a mile of walking distance. If you have concerns about suitability, please get in touch and we may be able to adapt the tour to your needs.

How much does it cost?

The tour is free to book. Our volunteer tour guides will ask for tips at the end - all money given will be kept by the tourguide.

How do I book?

You can look for available tour dates and times at

Congratulations Competition Winners

Well done to Elissa Dhali of Queensbury Academy and Luca Carić who is home educated, but also attends New Forest Small School. Your entries really show both the beauty of Maths and Oxford! 

Competition winner - Elissa Dhali

A black and white image of Oxford, with a rainbow containing the words "Maths in the City" overlaid.


Competition Winner (under 8) - Luka Carić

Columns the height of the digits of pi have been decorated to look like a skyline of Oxford

London Tour

Whilst no longer offered as a guided tour, you can view the content of the tour and conduct your own.

London Tour

Millenium Bridge London
The London Maths in the City tour explores the area around the Tate Modern, the Millenium Bridge and St Paul's Cathedral. We'll be looking at networks, geometry, resonance, curves and topology through the medium of chalk, sweeties, slinkies and rope!