Official CS Lewis and JRR Tolkien Walking Tour of Oxford

  • Due to COVID-19 we are unable to offer this tour at the moment as all Oxford Colleges are closed. We have scheduled these tours for every other Saturday from June 5th.

    For all fans of the most well known writers in the Oxford literary group known as The Inklings, this is the specialist walking tour to take! Now famous throughout the world, the lives and work of these seminal authors who studied in Oxford are explored in this 2-hour CS Lewis and Tolkien 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.

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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 (from the outside) where Tolkien lived and studied and the University Church where Lewis preached in WW2.

You may get a glimpse of 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.


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.



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