Wonderland, Narnia, Middle Earth, Jordan College
Oxford has inspired great writers for centuries, including some of the best-loved in the English language. Visit the places where Narnia, Middle Earth and other magical realms were forged. Visit the pub where The Inklings (JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Charles Williams, Owen Barfield) met every Tuesday lunchtime to share their writing, woes and joys. Visit the original Rabbit hole that inspired Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. And roam the city of dreaming spires that became Philip Pullman's Jordan College. Along the way find out about the writers, and hear some of their writing on location. An educational and enjoyable stroll guaranteed to get the imagination going!
***The guide is the author of 'Oxfordshire Folk Tales' and can tell a tale or two along the way!***
Bridge of Sighs
The Lamb and Flag/The Eagle and Child
Botanical Gardens/Magdalene Bridge (optional, walking)
Binsey Treacle Well (optional, car)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Front entrance of Bodleian Library opposite Blackwells Bookshop.
End location: The Eagle and Child pub, St Giles St
Duration: 2 hours
1.30-2hrs depending on your mobility, walking speed, photo stops, comfort breaks, etc.
Walking - short city stroll
Travel to Binsey to see 'Rabbit Hole' and Tolkien's grave will require transport (can guide on motorbike if you have a hire-car).
Entertaining 2 hour walk visiting key sites with readings.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
50 GBP - snacks, drinks, entrance fee to optional visitor attractions, souvenirs, copies of author/guide's books
Entrance to any visitor attractions,
books (signed copies) by author guide
you might be tempted by the bookshops etc we pass...
and you might fancy a pint in the 'bird and baby' afterwards -
they do great 'homity pie' as well!
NB The itinerary is timed for a moderate pace but not for extra stops etc. If the tour over-runs then I will charge £50 per hour. I am happy to extend it based upon your interests but please bear this in mind.
Walking tours preferred, though full license if driver required.
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Excellent tour! Unique experience! Very inspiring! Thank you Kevan for sharing some of your knowledge and magic so beautifully and passionally. You blew my mind away. Will recommend your tour and Oxfordshire to absolutely all of those I love. With gratitude, Vanessa