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Harry Potter Walking Tour of Oxford Including Christ Church

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Discover the Harry Potter movie locations of Oxford on this walking tour. Visit the famous Bodleian Library to see the hall used as Hogwarts’ Infirmary in many movies, and view other locations in one or two of Oxford’s oldest colleges. As you walk, enjoy a fun Harry Potter quiz, and learn about Oxford University and other famous children’s books written in the city. Entrance fees to the Bodleian and select colleges are included.
  • Visit the Bodleian Library to see the hall used as Hogwarts’ Infirmary
  • Explore old Oxford colleges whose rooms and cloisters doubled as Hogwarts
  • Hear insider gossip about the movies, characters, and filming
  • Take part in a Harry Potter quiz as you walk and discover
  • Learn about Oxford University and other children’s books written in the city
  • Admission fees included, apart from entry fee to Christ Church college
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5 Broad St , 5 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AJ, UK
This activity will end right where it started.
Meet your Oxford University student guide in central Oxford, and head for Hogwarts' Infirmary, set in one of the halls of the famous Bodleian Library.

Imagine the infirmary’s beds in place here, and admire the richly sculpted beasts and biblical carvings that appeared in many of the Harry Potter movies.

Next, explore one or two of Oxford’s oldest colleges, delving into the rooms and cloisters that featured as Hogwarts’ gloomy interior. See other filming locations, hear trivia about the characters and movie productions, and enjoy an entertaining quiz, testing your knowledge of all things Potter.

Along the way, hear about Oxford’s place in the annals of famous children’s literature, learning how books like 'Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland' and 'The Hobbit' were written here.

Your tour includes admission to the Bodleian, and at least two Oxford University buildings—although entrance cannot be guaranteed. Finish with a tour of Christ Church, with admission at your expense. The admission fee is charged as an extra as the college is often closed or has long lines, so the fee is not included as standard.

Your tour concludes at Christ Church, whether you explore it during the tour or not.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Blackwell's Bookshop
Not quite Flourish and Blotts but as close as a muggle bookshop can be. Blackwells is the dream of every Ravenclaw, holding approximately holding 250,000 volumes, which translates to 3 miles of books! This is even more impressive knowing that their first store measured only 12 feet square, and held just 700 used books. Don't forget to have a look at the roof of the building from a distance. Don't worry the stone figure you'll see on top isn't someone petrified. It is a statue by Antony Gormley; one of a series of sculptures called “Another Time II”.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bodleian Library
One of the largest libraries in England and home to archaic medieval books on spells and wizards!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Clarendon Building
Learn about how magic or occult sciences were studied at Oxford! These were not seen as completely separate from science until the end of the seventeenth century, so alchemy and astrology were researched here until then.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
The Divinity School
This dramatic site is not only one of the oldest parts of the University, but it was also used in various scenes when filming of Harry Potter was taking place in Oxford. Instantly recognisable as a Harry Potter site, with one of the best examples of medieval architecture in England.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Radcliffe Camera
A truly iconic Oxford landmark! Learn about the underground passages students take and the rules librarians enforce. Not quite as intensely as Madam Pince though.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
University Church of St. Mary the Virgin
An iconic door hidden to the side would be inspirational for another famous children's writer, CS Lewis for his famous Chronicles Of Narnia. Hear how he and Tolkien would meet weekly and take inspiration from the Oxford landscape
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
6 Alfred St
The Bear Inn also known as The Bear is our Oxford equivalent of the Three Broomsticks, dating back to 1242. While butterbeer is not something you can order you are bound to be amazed by their tie collection and the stores behind it.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Christ Church Meadow
Before diving into the wonders of Christ Church itself we will tell you about another magical connection: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Christ Church
The most famous Harry Potter site in Oxford (and the most expensive Oxford College to visit)! Roam the dark corridors, see the inspiration for the Hall of Hogwarts, along with the grand Hogwarts staircase. Feel like Harry on his first day! The tour will end here, allowing you to enjoy the included audio tour and spend as much time as you like here!
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Footprints Tours Limited
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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star-3
More of an Authors of Oxford Tour
Cindy_D
, Jun 2022
The guide, Sabrina, was great. I expected to see more sites from the movie (Divinity School was closed and we never went onto New College grounds). It was more of a literary history of Oxford tour.
star-5
Harry Potter extravaganza
Paul_B
, May 2022
The trip was organized for our 2 granddaughters aged 15 & 13. Both avid & knowledgeable Harry Potter fans. (They absolutely loved it!) We were lucky to have beautiful weather on a Sunday when Oxford was not ever so busy. Also our guide was superb. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable.
star-5
A memorable experience
Todd_P
, May 2022
Jaime was a wonderful tour guide and made visiting Oxford a memorable experience by binging Harry Potter costumes, his historical knowledge and humor to the walk through lovely Oxford. Thank you Jaime!
star-5
Jamie was fantastic!!
David_T
, Mar 2022
We were shown around by Jamie who was excellent. He really brought the city to life with lots of good stories and interesting facts. The cloaks, scarfs and even a wand went down well and helped everyone get into the spirit!! The fact that he was at Oxford university gave him more credibility. He took some photos of us which hopefully you will be able to use.
star-5
Perfect way to hear all the history about these beautiful buildings
Nigel_F
, Mar 2022
John is a great tour guide...really informative and very considerate of his group - making sure everyone is OK.
star-5
Excellent Harry potter tour with Jamie as the tour guide
Michelle_B
, Jan 2022
Excellent Harry potter walking tour in Oxford. My twins love Harry Potter and they loved this tour. Jamie the tour guide was Fantastic he had costumes for us all to wear and a pin badge and scarfs then he had a sorting hat too... The tour guide made the tour fun exciting and was very up on Harry potter he even did a quiz at the end. We loved seeing Christchurch cathedral it was a magnificent place to visit and having the headphones/audio to listen about it was great too. The Bodleian library was very beautiful too.
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
We are delighted to hear the whole family enjoyed Jamie's Harry Potter tour! That's exactly what we aim to provide :)
star-5
Trevor the brilliant guide
CHERYL_W
, Aug 2021
The weather was awful but Trevor was such an engaging, knowledgable and entertaining guide that he made the day really memorable. Would highly recommend him. Thank you Trevor for a brilliant two hours.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
Thank you for your kind words! We are delighted to hear you found Trevor's tour engaging and informative despite the terrible weather. That's exactly what we aim to provide :)
star-5
A couple of hours in a beautiful city
Victoria_S
, Aug 2021
After this tour I now love Oxford, its beautiful! Loved getting an insight into the colleges and our guide Lizzy was fantastic. Very friendly and made the tour fun
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the tour! Lizzie's love for Oxford is indeed infectious :)
star-5
Great use of stories and humour
Justin_C
, May 2021
John, our walking tour guide was great. He provided some insightful stories of the long history of Oxford and its beautiful buildings. Our children enjoyed seeing the buildings that were in the Harry Potter films and informed of which scenes were filmed on location. Great use of story and humour.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2021
Thank you for your kind words Justin! John does have a great sense of humor :) We are glad to hear you and the children enjoyed the tour.
star-5
THIS tour did not run. It was replaced with Walking History of Oxford tour.
Barbara_C
, Nov 2019
Very informative. Guide was knowledgeable and had some interesting anecdotes to relate about the history of Oxford, past students of the college and university life.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your time with us despite the site closures that led to the cancellation of the Harry Potter tour.
star-5
very nice tour!
Anthony_S
, Jul 2019
Had a really nice time on this tour with my Study Abroad class. Our tour guide (Mar?) was excellent, and as an Oxford student herself provided a lot of interesting background from her perspective.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Thanks for this great review of Mar's work. It's always good to get this kind of feedback about our guides and we look forward to welcoming you back onto one of our tours again soon ! Footprints Tours
star-5
Cosmo is an excellent guide and was...
Anna
, Aug 2017
Cosmo is an excellent guide and was able to answer all questions, except the nam of one bird!!! He provided a lot of information on the broader history of Oxford as well as about Harry Potter film sites. Highly recommend.
star-4
Little bit disorganised at the start...
Julian C
, May 2017
Little bit disorganised at the start and had to find the right tour - however tour was really informative and we all enjoyed it
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