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Oxford's Literary Legends and Landmarks" A Self-Guided Tour

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Oxford's Literary Legends and Landmarks" A Self-Guided Tour

Activity provider: VoiceMap

From US$ 7.99 per person

Find Middle Earth, Wonderland, and Narnia on this self-guided walk celebrating Oxford's literary giants. Enjoy the magic of GPS playback as you wander the same streets as Tolkien, CS Lewis and more.

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Duration 1.5 hours
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Audio guide included


  • See the the filming locations for Harry Potter and HBO’s His Dark Materials
  • Hear from producers Jeremy Allen and Graeme Fry, the producers of Oxford Lives
  • Do it all in 90 minutes or linger at stops along the way
  • Get unlimited use before your booking date and after it
  • Use the virtual tour option at home
Full description

From the Chronicles of Narnia and Alice in Wonderland to Lord of the Rings and His Dark Materials, what is it about Oxford that has inspired several fantasy fiction classics? On this walking tour, Hears stories about how Oxford itself nurtured the minds of these fantasy literature giants. See where the famous wordsmiths behind these titles lived, worked and played, and some of their favourite haunts. You’ll be amazed at the sheer breadth of talent and imagination that’s concentrated in one city.

Starting in front of Carfax Tower, you’ll wander through the city centre and along the Board Walk, along the way you’ll hear about Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration behind Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. I’ll show you the locations where JK Rowling’s Harry Potter was filmed, with the University of Oxford adapted to become Hogwarts. We’ll step into the world of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, where you’ll follow in the footsteps of Will and Lyra and make your way around Radcliffe Square to the Bodleian Library. After wandering through different parts of the university, your tour reaches the end in front of the Eagle and Child pub, a popular hangout for the Inklings, an informal literary club in the early to mid-1900s. Whether you’re a fan of fantasy fiction, classic literature, a newcomer to Oxford, or just plain curious, this tour offers a fascinating glimpse into another world – that of the imagination!

  • Lifetime access to this tour in English
  • VoiceMap app for Android and iOS
  • Offline access to audio, maps, and geodata
  • Tickets or entrance fees to any museums or other attractions en route
  • Smartphone and headphones
  • Transportation
  • Food and drink

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Meeting point

The tour begins at the foot of Carfax Tower in the centre of Oxford. Carfax is the crossroads where the four main roads of Oxford City Centre intersect: Cornmarket, High Street, St Aldates and Queen Street. BY TRAIN: Carfax is a ten-minute walk from Oxford Train Station. When you come out of the station forecourt, turn right; head down Park End Street all the way until it becomes New Road; then past Bonn Square onto Queen Street; follow Queen Street to Carfax. BY BUS/COACH: Most buses/coaches start and terminate at Gloucester Green bus station. When leaving Gloucester Green, turn left onto George Street; walk to the end of George Street and turn right onto Cornmarket; walk to the end of Cornmarket - the Carfax Tower if on your right. BY CAR: Please note that parking can be problematic in Oxford. You may wish to use one of the several Park and Ride services which will take you into the heart of Oxford City Centre.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Headphones
  • Charged Smartphone

Know before you go

  • It is a self-guided audio tour that you can start, pause, or restart at any time and complete at your own pace
  • The tour follows a set route and includes turn-by-turn directions. It works best if you start it in the right place and follow the directions from one location to the next
  • Please note that you'll need to use your own mobile device and headphones for this tour. The tour is only available in English.
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A very enjoyable introduction to Oxford and its literary history! My nerdy husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and were very impressed by its navigation functionality.

August 25, 2022

September 5, 2022

A fun experience. Recommend

September 19, 2022

Product ID: 425916