C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien Walk Public Tour

C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien Walk Public Tour

Private Tour

About this tour

Discover what inspired and influenced C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien on this more intellectually paced walking tour for adults. See inside CS Lewis's Magdalen College with £10 entry fee included.

This tour is subject to minimum numbers to make a booking.

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 Walk, where they strolled on many midsummer evenings to discuss their ideas. 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 refreshment stop is optional on the tour. Many people who book this tour happen to be theology alumni but the guides are not necessarily themselves all religious people.

Notice for dates when Magdalen is closed: on any such dates, we will replace with entry to Tolkien's Exeter College which also hosts pre Raphaelite art and an exquisite garden which has also featured the filming of several tv shows such as Inspector Morse, Lewis & Killing Eve plus A Discovery of Witches.




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  • Visit the inside of CS Lewis's Magdalen college with £10 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

What’s Included

  • Expert Local Tour Guide
  • Pub/refreshment stop (optional)
  • Entry fee to Magdalen College worth £10 per person

What’s Not Included

  • Food or drink
  • Any optional gratuities

Tour Plan

Meeting point

Meet your guide outside the shop front at 15 Broad Street. We will be wearing a red "iloveoxford" lanyard plus look for our red sign board on the street. We meet outside Oxford Tourist Info centre, 15 Broad street, also located next to an Oxfam shop next door at 17 Broad Street.

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Important information

Know before you go

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

Magdalen College entry might not be possible on some dates but if you book on such a date, we will instead reserve entry to visit Tolkien's Exeter college.

Magdalen & Exeter Colleges are generally always closed to all visitors over Christmas between about December 21 and December 31, reopening again from January 1st.

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C.S. Lewis & J.R.R. Tolkien Walk Public Tour

Discover what inspired and influenced C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien on this more intellectually paced walking tour for adults. See Lewis’s Magdalen College and sometimes also when open, Tolkien’s Exeter College.

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