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

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

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. 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. 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'. A pub/refreshment 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, so much as very well educated and curious persons. On any dates, when Magdalen may be closed, we will replace entry with Tolkien's college called Exeter college. If neither college is open, we will forewarn you before the tour and offer free reschedule or cancellation, if desired.

Oxford: Famous Alumni Outdoor Escape Game

2. Oxford: Famous Alumni Outdoor Escape Game

Explore Oxford in a unique way, by playing an exploration game on your phone via an app. Learn about famous alumni who walked through the city's streets and university's walls, visit locations where Harry Potter was filmed, and have fun with your whole family or friends. Reenact the story of a brilliant former Oxford professor trying to figure out the mystery of their lab partner’s death during your engaging game. Solve challenges and watch the story unfold on your app, as well as exact directions that guide you to your next location. Start your exploration game from The Eagle and Child pub. Best of all, play the game at your own pace, pausing it whenever you feel like a coffee or food break and resuming anytime from the location where you paused it.

Oxford: City Bike Tour with Student Guide

3. Oxford: City Bike Tour with Student Guide

Discover Oxford’s historic town center, and the magical parks on the outskirts of town with this guided bike tour. Pedal past the city’s best attractions and cover more ground. Meet your guide in the city center to start your experience. Cycle through the city alongside a student guide, and learn about the history of Oxford. Marvel at the university buildings where Oscar Wilde, J. R. R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and many British politicians studied. Admire the architecture of Oxford colleges, and enter the famous Bodleian Library. Marvel at the scenery of Port Meadow, and visit sites you can’t reach on foot. Enjoy plenty of stops along the route, and finish back at the original meeting point.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 12 reviews

Thank you Tom for your very informative and enjoyable Oxford: CS Lewis & JRR Tolkien Tour. It was delightful to learn more about these two literary greats and see where they gained some inspiration for their books as we walked and talked our way around the parts of Oxford that they would’ve trod. I thoroughly recommend Tom as an excellent and knowledgeable guide.

We had a great guiding tour about C.S Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Our guide was Tom. He was very knowledgeable and shared his knowledge about Lewis, Tolkien as well as other inklings with us. We got into Exeter college where Tolkien was studying as well as the magnificent Magdalen college where Lewis was a professor. A great tour with a very scholarly guide.

The tour was excellent and well worth the time. We had Tom give us an inklings tour and he was wonderful. He has an immense wealth of knowledge and little tid bits about all of the sites and lives of the authors. We learned a lot and started a lot of curiosity about all the inklings. Would definitely recommend this tour with Tom.

We really enjoyed our tour with Tom! He was very knowledgeable and wanted to curate the tour based on our curiosities. We came away with much more knowledge than we were expecting. We highly recommend this tour!

Very knowledgeable and fun! Great mixture of history on Tolkien and Lewis and general knowledge of the university. Saw some beautiful spots we never would have found alone.