All Oxford Official Walking Tours (apart from the Oxford Pub Tour) meet outside the Visitor Information Centre here at 15-16 Broad Street Oxford OX1 3AS.
Philip Pullman’s Oxford
Rediscover the world of His Dark Materials and the setting of the new The Book of Dust series with a walk around Philip Pullman’s Oxford, with a professionally trained Green Badge Guide, endorsed by the author himself.
This two-hour walking tour visits key locations from Lyra’s Oxford and La Belle Sauvage, including the Bodley’s Library, The Covered Market, Jordan College and the Pitt Rivers Museum. It will provide a fascinating insight into the stories and places that inspired the world-renowned book.
Further details on the key locations visited on Philip Pullman’s Oxford Tour:
- Bodley’s Library: Bodley’s Library features prominently in His Dark Materials and also features in the new book La Belle Sauvage.
- The Covered Market: the market is a favourite haunt for Lyra and friends in Northern Lights.
- An Oxford College similar to Jordan College: where Lyra grows up. She climbs out of an attic window there in Northern Lights.
- Pitt Rivers Museum: Lyra and Will find skulls here with holes in them in The Subtle Knife.
- all subject to availability
Lyra’s stomping ground, and that of new character Malcolm reaches beyond central Oxford. If you’d like to extend the experience, other places which can be visited after your tour include:
- Botanic Gardens: In The Amber Spyglass, Lyra and Will promise to sit on the bench at the back of the Botanic Gardens for an hour at noon on Midsummer’s Day every year so that they may feel each other’s presence next to one another in their own worlds.
- Godstow Abbey: an abbey where the nuns look after the baby Lyra in La Belle Sauvage (You can read an extract from La Belle Sauvage on the Guardian website here).
- Jericho: where Gyptians board boats in Northern Lights. It is also where the main character lives in La Belle Sauvage and where some of the action takes place.
- The Trout Inn, Wolvercote: this real pub is where Malcolm lives with his parents, the landlords, in La Belle Sauvage.
- Port Meadow: in Northern Lights, this is the site of the Horse Fair where the disappearance of a young boy ‘from a gyptian family she knew’ helps to trigger Lyra’s adventures. It’s referenced in the other His Dark Materials books and in La Belle Sauvage.
Please book early to avoid disappointment! There are only 14 tickets per tour – due to entry to Exeter College being restricted.
Tours depart from the Visitor Information Centre at 15-16 Broad Street OX16 3AS.
All venues are visited subject to availability – we make every effort to ensure that all locations are open on the day of your tour, and they usually are, but all University Buildings reserve the right to close.
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Guide Dogs are welcome on all tours.
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