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Oxford: Private C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien Walking Tour

4.9 / 5

13 reviews

Activity provider: Visit Oxford Tours

Oxford: Private C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien Walking Tour

Activity provider: Visit Oxford Tours

From US$ 154.96 per group up to 1

Discover what inspired and influenced C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien on this more intellectually paced walking tour aimed at adults. See inside Lewis's Magdalen College and, when open, Tolkien's Exeter College while finding out more about the city.

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  • Visit the inside of CS Lewis's Magdalen college with £8 entry ticket included
  • See J.R.R. Tolkien's Exeter College (when open) with £3 entry ticket included
  • Hear about Oxford University life and see most of the iconic sights on the route
  • Go inside St Marys University Church where C.S. Lewis and Cardinal Newman preached
  • Explore Christian history, such as the Oxford Martyrs, on a tour especially popular with Christians
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Find out more about the Inklings, an informal literary discussion group associated with the University of Oxford, while getting an introduction to the city's history and university life. See inspiring sights related to C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien on a 2-2.5-hour tour of the sights where they worked and relaxed, including the pubs they enjoyed. At Magdalen, discover a beautiful medieval hall, chapel, and quadrangle as well as lovely gardens and a deer park. Walk in the footsteps of C.S. Lewis and his friends along the famous Addison's path where they strolled on many midsummer evenings to discuss their ideas. When open, peek inside Tolkien's Exeter College which hosts pre Raphaelite art and an exquisite garden too. As well as the colleges, your knowledgeable guide will take you on a route through the city of Oxford to take in many famous sights. Visit inside St. Mary's University Church where C.S. Lewis developed his ideas through sermons. Hear about the likes of Cardinal Newman who preached there too, and learn about the Oxford Martyrs — Latimer, Ridley, and Cranmer — from the time of 'Bloody Mary'. A pub/refereshment stop is optional on the tour. Many people who book this tour happen to be theology alumni but the guides are not necessarily themselves religious people.

  • Tour guide
  • Pub/refreshment stop (optional)
  • Entry fee to Magdalen College
  • Food or drink
  • Any optional gratuities

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Meeting point

• Meet your guide outside the shop front at 15 Broad Street • They will be wearing a red "iloveoxford" lanyard • 15 Broad Street is currently an empty shop, located next to an Oxfam shop next door at 17 Broad Street

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  • Children may join this tour but there is no child pricing as this tour is aimed at an adult, intellectual audience to discuss the writing and ideas of Lewis and Tolkien, with a focus on Lewis's religious ideas
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The tour was excellent and well worth the time. We had Tom give us an inklings tour and he was wonderful. He has an immense wealth of knowledge and little tid bits about all of the sites and lives of the authors. We learned a lot and started a lot of curiosity about all the inklings. Would definitely recommend this tour with Tom.

November 4, 2022

Thank you Tom for your very informative and enjoyable Oxford: CS Lewis & JRR Tolkien Tour. It was delightful to learn more about these two literary greats and see where they gained some inspiration for their books as we walked and talked our way around the parts of Oxford that they would’ve trod. I thoroughly recommend Tom as an excellent and knowledgeable guide.

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July 28, 2022

We had a great guiding tour about C.S Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Our guide was Tom. He was very knowledgeable and shared his knowledge about Lewis, Tolkien as well as other inklings with us. We got into Exeter college where Tolkien was studying as well as the magnificent Magdalen college where Lewis was a professor. A great tour with a very scholarly guide.

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July 24, 2022

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