Harry Potter Highlights Tour

For all fans of Harry Potter but designed especially for children and their families, this is the perfect Oxford walking tour. See the key locations from the outside that inspired the Harry Potter Stories.

This tour is currently only available as a Private Group Tour 

NB: Please note that this tour does not include entrance into the University Buildings

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What you will see

Your specially trained guide will take you to the principle places used as inspiration for the Harry Potter films to view from the outside. These include the world famous colleges: Christ Church and The Divinity School (part of the Bodleian Library).

Christ Church Dining Hall, looks magnificent from the outside – you can see why it was the inspiration for Hogwarts Great Hall! Your Guide will show you pictures of the famous staircase and cloisters used in the filming of Harry Potter, explaining how CGI was used to ‘magically’ alter some of these locations in various scenes.

The Divinity School was a location in several of the Harry Potter films (do you remember the Dance School and the Infirmary?) It is the oldest teaching hall of the whole of the University of Oxford, dating back to 1427. You can enter The Old Schools Quadrangle it sits within, which houses the different schools including the ‘Schola Metaphysicae’. All are part of the world-famous Bodleian Libraries.

Book this as a Private Tour

To book your own private tailor-made Harry Potter tour, with or without a mention of Alice, or in combination with other tour themes, please call us on 01865 686 442 or email us with your preferred date and time on officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org

Your Guide

Your guide will be an enthusiastic expert on Harry Potter 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.

Group size

Tickets are limited to 20 to ensure that you have a pleasant experience and can ask your Guide questions as you walk around with them.


Children 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, with the amount of distance to cover. (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.

Guide Dogs

Guides Dogs are welcome on all tours. Other pets unfortunately are not allowed.


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 +44 1865 686 442 or officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org 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 recommend the Park and Ride service. The nearest Park and Ride will be signposted on your entry route in Oxford, and buses leave regularly. Please allow at least 20 minutes for the bus journey into central Oxford. For more information on parking options, please see https://www.oxford.gov.uk/parking.

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