This 2 hour specialist tour focuses fully on Morse, Lewis and Endeavour, the famous Oxford TV detectives. These shows have helped to make Oxford even more familiar to millions of people the world over – come and see these iconic sites for yourself and soak up the atmosphere.
What you will see
You’ll see the sites where the filming took place, from the world famous Bodleian Library to the quads of the Oxford Colleges, and from the Radcliffe Square through the dark and winding alleyways to the public houses where the famous words ‘Pint, Lewis?’ were often spoken.
What you will learn
Exploring Oxford as the backdrop to these television series, you will be reminded of several episodes and story lines, and also learn what these iconic buildings are famous for historically speaking. You don’t even have to be a Morse fan to enjoy this tour – there is plenty of interesting background information from the original novels by Colin Dexter on how the University operates, with its students and academics living in college ‘rooms’ still today.
Your knowledgeable guide will be an enthusiastic fan of Morse and Lewis fan themselves – Each Inspector Morse and Lewis tour of Oxford is unique, with your guide taking you on their own journey weaving individual stories and locations along the way. With over 150 hours of Inspector Morse alone to discover – you will want to come back for more!
‘I love meeting people from all over the world, particularly the Morse, Lewis and Endeavour fans. We are always discovering new secrets together!’
The tour will include a visit to one of the Oxford Colleges (subject to opening hours and availability*). Many of the episodes will have been shot in the streets – why not take a coffee break before or after your tour at the Buttery, near the Visitor Information Centre on Broad Street, which often featured in the Lewis Series! Or visit the Morse Bar at the Macdonald Randolph (pictured).
*On certain important days in the life of the University, such as Open Days (28 & 29 June), Degree Days and Exam days, some or all colleges may close, and you may either see crowds of prospective students or graduating students in their gowns and mortar boards!
You can book in person on the day at the Visitor Information Centre, but because these tickets sell out quickly we suggest booking in advance, which you can do online or by phone on 01865 686 441. (If you think you might be delayed, please book for a later time or 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 ticket entitles you to a 10% discount off merchandise in our shop and can be printed on request for you).
Your tour will cover 1.5 – 2 miles walking (stopping every so often to admire the architecture and learn about the Morse, Lewis and Endeavour filming locations) and not travelling further than a 10/15 minute walk away from the City centre and Visitor Information Centre.
The City centre is very flat and walkable – however, some of the most ancient colleges do have steps. If you have any mobility difficulties, please let us know in advance by phone on 01865 686 441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before you book, so that we can arrange with the guide ahead of the tour how to best accommodate you.
We recommend the Park and Ride service. The nearest service will be signposted on your entry route into Oxford, and buses leave regularly. Please allow 20 minutes for the journey into the City Centre. For more information please see https://www.oxford.gov.uk/parking.
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