Official CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien Walking Tour of Oxford

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  • See the pubs where the Inklings met to discuss their works of fantasy fiction, now famous the world over -The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Chronicles of Narnia

  • See inside Exeter College, OR Merton College, home to JRR Tolkien and hear about Magdalen College, home to CS Lewis (which you can visit after your tour, if you have time)

  • See the University Church where CS Lewis preached during WW2 and explore this City which inspired the Inklings

  • Join a select group (maximum 14) and ask your expert Guide any questions you may have – All entrance fees on tour included

  • This tour runs once a month only and departs from the Visitor Information Centre at 15-16 Broad St OX1 3AS – Book early to avoid disappointment on +44 1865 686 442 or online

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For all fans of the most well known writers in the Oxford literary group known as The Inklings, this is the specialist tour to take! Now famous throughout the world, the lives and work of these seminal authors are explored in this 2 hour tour. The works of C.S. Lewis have inspired many religious thinkers since – and J.R.R. Tolkien’s books, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, have been made into blockbuster films.

Meeting Point

All Oxford Official Walking Tours meet outside the Visitor Information Centre here at 15-16 Broad Street Oxford OX1 3AS.

What you’ll see

Your friendly guide will take you to see The Eagle & Child pub where Lewis, Tolkien and other Inklings used to meet every Tuesday, to talk about their work. You will also see Exeter College where Tolkien lived and studied and the University Church where Lewis preached in WW2.

You may even glimpse how even today, with its splendid mix of medieval architecture Oxford acts as a window into the past, and can transport you into those imaginary worlds created by these celebrated writers.

What you’ll learn more about

Because Lewis and Tolkien were students and worked at The University Oxford, on this you tour will hear about all of the three other colleges associated with these writers: University, Merton and Magdalen College. You’ll discover more about their unique writing styles and what influenced them, as well as seeing where they used to meet and discovering what they used to talk about – the interests closest to their hearts.

Your Guide

An expert in their field and possibly even an ex-student of Oxford themselves, your guide will have in-depth knowledge to impart on the writers as well as their work.


You can buy tickets on the day at the Visitor Information Centre but we suggest booking in advance to avoid disappointment for this tour. You can book either by phone +44 1865 686 442 or online via our eshop. After booking, you should receive a Sagepay payment confirmation, a Booking Confirmation and an eTicket by email – if not, you can present your Sagepay payment confirmation on your phone. If you would like to see your eTicket, please check your spam filter or whitelist us at – or phone or email us for another copy. For more details and full t’s and c’s please see Additional Information.

Vouchers as Presents!

Vouchers for the CS Lewis and Tolkien Tours make great Christmas presents! To order, please just call us on +44 1865 686 442 to pay by credit card. All the recipient need do is call us when they are ready to book! Vouchers are valid for one year.

Group size

Tickets are limited to 14 to ensure entrance to Exeter College – and also so that you have a pleasant experience and can ask your Guide questions as you go. Running just once a month, please ensure that you book well in advance to avoid disappointment.


Your tour will cover 1.5-2miles. It stops every so often to see colleges and University buildings from the outside and overall does not involve walking traveling further than 15 minutes away from the city centre and Visitor Information Centre.


The city centre is quite flat and walkable – however, some of the ancient colleges on this tour do have unavoidable steps. Please let us know in advance 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 to check whether it is the best tour for you to join. For mobility services please see the Westgate Guest Services pages and let us know if you book these or are bringing a wheelchair or scooter.


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


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Additional information

Meeting Point

Please arrive at the Meeting Point, outside the Visitor Information Centre (15-16 Broad St Oxford OX1 3AS) 10 minutes before the start of your tour. (please note we are unable to contact the Guide after the tour has departed).

Your eTickets

On booking online you should receive a Sagepay payment confirmation, a Booking Confirmation and an eTicket by email – if not, you can present your Sagepay payment confirmation on your phone. If you would like to see your eTicket, please check your spam filter or whitelist us at To contact us please email or call us on 01865 686 441 (weekdays).
Hotmail addresses are not receiving eTicket notifications for some reason – please use an alternative address if possible.

Your Booking

The booking will be registered under the Cardholder's name. The booking is non-transferrable and non-refundable. Your tour tickets are valid for the date and time booked only.


Children must be accompanied by an adult (maximum 2 children per adult). Please note pushchairs may need to be left outside the college or at the Porters Lodge at the owner's risk.


Wheelchair users are welcome on all our Official Tours. As access to some colleges on this tour may be restricted, please call us on 01865 686 441 so that we can try to ensure that you are accommodated as best as possible. Guide Dogs are welcome on all tours.


Experience Oxfordshire do not accept liability for any damage or loss from any cause whatsoever in connection with this tour.


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