This 1.5 hour tour for all Harry Potter fans is designed to show you inside some of the most important Harry Potter film locations, finishing outside Christ Church at 3.15pm (with the option of buying tickets to go inside Christ Church after your tour).
What you will see
On this tour, you will visit inside New College with its great Dining Hall (which is very similar to Christ Church Dining Hall, the inspiration for the Hogwarts Great Hall) and go inside the Cloisters with the giant oak tree. You’ll also visit the Divinity School, part of the Bodleian Library. At the end of your tour, you will see Christ Church and its Great Hall from the outside.
Going inside Christ Church is optional after the end of your tour (and not included in the ticket price) – your guide will be able to direct you to where to buy tickets to go inside Christ Church at the Meadow Gate.
What you will learn
You will see how these Colleges and University buildings were used as the backdrop and inspiration for the Harry Potter films, and hear about the original sports the game of Quidditch is based upon.
Your guide will be an enthusiastic expert on Harry and able to answer your questions. They will be trained in the history of the City and University too, and so can take questions on background information as well. Your guide will have a Blue or Green badge (from the Institute of Tourist Guiding) and be a member of the Oxford Guild of Tour Guides.
Linda Gelens says:
“People love this tour – it is a chance to see some of the most famous and beautiful colleges of Oxford and see how they were used in the Harry Potter films.”
You can buy tickets on the day at the Visitor Information Centre but we suggest booking in advance to avoid disappointment for this tour, because it is very popular and only runs once or twice a week on Fridays, or Saturdays or Sundays (due to limited College availability). We recommend booking either by phone 01865 686 441 or online. (Places on the tour are limited because of college restrictions, and all colleges do reserve the right to close on the day).
Your tickets are valid for the date and time booked only. If you think you might not make the start time, please book for a different date as we are unable to contact the Guide once the tour has departed.
Tickets are limited to 19 to ensure that you have a pleasant experience and can ask your Guide questions as you walk round with them. Your printed ticket will entitle you to a 10% discount off any merchandise in our shop (we can print it for you on request).
Children under 16 are welcome on this tour but must be accompanied by an Adult. Children under five must be booked for please (as infants are counted for college entrances which are restricted to 19 per tour). Please note pushchairs might need to be left outside the colleges, at the owners’ own risk, at the Porter’s Lodge.
Your tour will cover 2 miles walking, with three college/building visits, and so it covers more ground than other tours. It stops every so often to see the film sites. Overall it does not involve walking travelling any further than 20 minutes away from the City centre and Visitor Information Centre.
The City centre is quite flat and walkable – however, please note that some of the ancient colleges included on this tour do have unavoidable steps. Please let us know in advance on 01865 686 441 or email@example.com before booking this tour if you have any mobility difficulties, so that we can arrange ahead of the tour how to best accommodate you, and check the suitability of this tour for you.
We highly recommend the Park and Ride service. The nearest Park and Ride location will be signposted on your entry route to Oxford and the buses leave regularly for the City Centre – please allow at least 20 mins for the journey and ask for the nearest stop to the Visitor Information Centre in Broad St. For more information please see https://www.oxford.gov.uk/parking
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