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Oxford: C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien Inklings Walking Tour

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Discover what inspired and influenced C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien on this more intellectually paced walking tour aimed at adults. See inside Lewis's Magdalen College and, when open, Tolkien's Exeter College while finding out more about the city.
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Duration: 2 hours
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  • Admire the medieval buildings and deer park inside C.S.Lewis' Magdalen College
  • Discover pre-Raphaelite art and an exquisite garden inside J.R.R. Tolkien's Exeter College (when open)
  • Hear about Oxford University life and see most of the iconic sights on the route
  • Go inside St Marys University Church where C.S. Lewis and Cardinal Newman preached
  • Explore Christian history, such as the Oxford Martyrs, on a tour especially popular with Christians
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Find out more about the Inklings, an informal literary discussion group associated with the University of Oxford, while getting an introduction to the city's history and university life. See inspiring sights related to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien on a 2-2.5-hour tour of the sights where they worked and relaxed, including the pubs they enjoyed. During your tour, also visit 2 of the following 3 colleges of Magdalen, Exeter, or Merton.

At Magdalen, discover a beautiful medieval hall, chapel, and quadrangle as well as lovely gardens and a deer park. Walk in the footsteps of C.S. Lewis and his friends along the famous Addison's path where they strolled on many midsummer evenings to discuss their ideas. When open, peek inside Tolkien's Exeter College which hosts pre Raphaelite art and an exquisite garden too.

As well as the colleges, your knowledgeable guide will take you on a route through the city of Oxford to take in many famous sights. Visit inside St. Mary's University Church where C.S. Lewis developed his ideas through sermons. Hear about the likes of Cardinal Newman who preached there too, and learn about the Oxford Martyrs — Latimer, Ridley, and Cranmer — from the time of 'Bloody Mary'.

You can either book individual tickets (minimum 2 adults) for the public tour on Sundays at 2:30 PM or you can book a private group tour that runs daily in the afternoons at 12 PM or 2:30 PM. A pub/refereshment stop is optional on the tour. Many people who book this tour happen to be theology alumni but the guides are not necessarily themselves religious people.
  • Entry fee worth £7 to Magdalen College (for public tour tickets or for private groups up to 2 persons only)
  • Knowledgeable guide
What’s Not Included
  • Food or drink
  • Any optional gratuities
  • Entry to Magdalen College for private groups larger than 2 people (£7 per person)

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Meeting point

Meet your guide wearing a red "iloveoxford" lanyard outside Oxford Visitor Information Centre, next to the local partner's bike trailer advertising signage.

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Important information
Know before you go
• Due to Covid-19, currently no colleges are open yet to the public so until they re-open, this tour will not include entry inside colleges but you'll see and hear lots about the Inklings and about Oxford sights
• If the primary venue, Magdalen College, will be closed, you will be offered the opportunity to either reschedule, cancel for a full refund, or visit Merton College instead
• Entry into Exeter College cannot be guaranteed as it is a free entry college, so it is only included on this tour as and when it is open
• Children may join this tour but there is no child pricing as this tour is aimed at an adult, intellectual audience to discuss the writing and ideas of Lewis and Tolkien, with a focus on Lewis's religious ideas
• Entry fee worth £7 to Magdalen College is included for public tour tickets or for private groups up to 2 persons only. Any private groups larger than 2 persons will need to pay £7 extra per person on arrival

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