Alice in Wonderland Oxford
Visit Oxford and explore the birthplace of Alice in Wonderland!
Discover the places that inspired Charles Lutwidge Dodgeson (aka Lewis Carroll) in 1862 to write the enchanting story of Alice in Wonderland, where a little girl named Alice follows a White Rabbit down a rabbit-hole into a magical Wonderland.
The main character was inspired by Alice Liddell, the 10-year-old daughter of H.G. Liddell, the dean of Christ Church College. Lewis Carroll was a mathematics lecturer at the college when he first met Alice. During a boat trip on the River Thames Lewis told Alice and her sisters a story about a girl named Alice who was looking for adventures… and so the story began.
At Christ Church College, visitors can walk through the same hallways and gardens Alice and her sisters once walked. When looking inside the Cathedral Garden you will notice a little door, this is said to be the door through which Alice entered Wonderland. Inside the college, visitors can also search for hidden Alice features, such as the amazing Alice in Wonderland motives in one of the large windows in the Great Dining Hall or brass andirons shaped like two lady’s with long necks. They are considered as an inspiration for Alice after she tried the left-hand portion of the mushroom, which made her neck grow long.
Close to Christ Church is Alice’s Shop, which was originally the Old Sheep shop. Nowadays, Alice’s Shop is a popular place for Alice fans to buy all kinds of Alice products, ranging from books, postcards, to jewellery and decorations. For those looking for a nice location for a little break, Café Loco is a great choice; try out their special Mad Hatter Tea Party- Afternoon Tea.
Another great place to visit is the Story Museum, where Alice fans can explore an exhibition area especially designed as a Wonderland space.
For a really unforgettable Alice in Wonderland experience, visit Oxford on Alice’s Day on July 1st this year and enjoy a day full of events inspired by the classic story, including tea-parties, croquet, storytelling, workshops and much more. There are also interesting Alice in Wonderland walking Tours available on Alice’s Day; the Alice’s Parks and Pleasure Walk and the Alice in Waterland tour.