Philip Pullman’s Oxford Official Tour

Not currently running due to College Closures because of the Covid-19 Crisis – we are very sorry for any disappointment caused.

Once we are able to reschedule, you will be able to rediscover the world of His Dark Materials and explore the setting of the new The Book of Dust series with a walk around Philip Pullman’s Oxford, led by a professional Guide

Take this 2 hour tour, endorsed by the author himself which provides a fascinating insight into the stories and places that inspired his world-renowned books

Visit key locations from Lyra’s Oxford and La Belle Sauvage including:

  • 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.

Lyra’s stomping ground, and that of new character Malcolm, reaches beyond central Oxford. If you’d like to extend the experience, ask your expert Guide about the other places which can be visited after your tour.

Unfortunately we are not able to run this tour at the moment due to Covid 19.

Our online shop is currently closed until further notice due to nationwide COVID-19 restrictions. We will reopen as soon as possible, however at this stage, we are unable to provide any timescales.

Description

Meeting Point

All Oxford Official Walking Tours meet outside Cool Britannia 25 Broad Street on the corner of Turl Street

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 an expert guide.

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.

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.

Central Oxford is fairly flat and walkable. For parking, we recommend the Park and Ride services. For mobility Services please see the Westgate Centre website.

Guide Dogs are welcome on all tours.

To book this as a Private Tour please email us with your preferred date and time, and number of people at officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org or call us to discuss your requirements on 01865 686 442.

 

 

Additional information

Meeting Point

Please arrive at the Meeting Point, outside the Visitor Information Centre, 10 minutes before the start of your tour (as we are unable to contact the guide once the tour has departed).

10% Discount in VIC

Your printed ticket entitles you to a 10% discount off merchandise (excluding other tickets) in the Visitor Information Shop.

Your Booking

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

Your eTicket

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 info@experienceoxfordshire.org. To contact us please email officialtours@experienceoxfordshire.org or call us on 01865 686 441 (weekdays).

Accessibility

Wheelchair users are welcome on all Oxford Official Walking Tours. In order that we can best accommodate you, please phone us on 01865 686 441 in advance of booking to check access to colleges, which is restricted in some cases due to the age of the buildings. Please see mobility services on the Westgate Centre website.

Children

Children are welcome and must be accompanied by 1 adult per 2 children. Pushchairs may need to be left outside the College or at the Porters Lodge at the owner's risk.

College Entrances

Every effort is made to ensure that a college visit is included on your tour. Colleges are working institutions and reserve the right to close on the day.

Liability

Experience Oxfordshire accept no liability for any loss or damage whatsoever in connection with this tour.

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Guide Dogs

Guide Dogs are welcome on all tours. Unfortunately other dogs and pets are not.