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Harry Potter Insights Oxford PUBLIC Tour with entry to Divinity School film site provided by Visit Oxford Tours

Harry Potter Insights Oxford PUBLIC Tour with entry to Divinity School film site

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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Updated 28/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Get an inside look at the world of Harry Potter on this walking tour of Oxford. Accompany your guide inside the grand buildings of Oxford University, including New College and Divinity School—both used for Hogwarts in the films. Hear lesser-known stories about the filming, as well as context about Oxford's long history as a place of literary inspiration. A small group ensures plenty of time for questions.
Itinerary
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You'll start at
Oxford Visitor Information Centre
15-16 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UKMeet your guide wearing red lanyard and/or Hogwarts gown OUTSIDE Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15 Broad Street, OX1 3AS UK
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  • 1
    Bodleian Library
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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    Pass by Bridge of Sighs
    Pass by Radcliffe Camera
  • 2
    Sheldonian Theatre
    Stop: 5 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 3
    University Church of St. Mary the Virgin
    Stop: 5 minutes -
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  • 4
    Christ Church
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission excluded
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You'll end at
18 Broad St
18 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UKTour ends nearby on same street as we start tour on.
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Highlights
  • Hear lesser-known stories about the movies' filming
  • A small group size ensures an intimate experience
  • Tour inside New College and Divinity School, used for Hogwarts in the films
  • Benefit from the expertise of your guide, a genuine Harry Potter fan
What to Expect
Meet your guide—who is easy to spot dressed in a Hogwartsesque cloak—in the center of Oxford and embark upon your tour. As you walk toward Oxford University, listen as your guide tells you about the city's pre-J.K. Rowling literary heritage and authors like C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Lewis Carroll who studied, wrote, and lived here. Your guide also provides some inside information about the filming of the movies. Discover the magic of the New College and, when open, the Divinity School, and understand why they were featured in the movies. Also, marvel at the 11 million antique volumes in Bodleian Library. After exploring the filming locations, your tour concludes at the original departure point. Please note: Closures at the schools are normal on certain dates. Consult your guide when booking for your desired date.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK
Duration
90–120 minutes
Return Details
18 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK
Inclusions
  • Please see the section titled 'Additional Information' or 'Voucher Details' for info on any and all dates on which due to partial or full closures of film sites venues that are known at this time.
  • See inside the Divinity school film site at Bodleian library + see many super sights from outside
  • Entry/Admission - Bodleian Library
Exclusions
  • NB nearly all university venues are closed in 2020 due to Covid19 closures
  • Divinity School closures for graduation dates 2021 includes following dates:
  • Jan 23, Feb 27, March 6, May 8, May 15th of 2021
  • Entry/Admission - Sheldonian Theatre
  • Entry/Admission - Christ Church
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Please arrive 5 minutes early for your tour at our meeting point.
  • If you arrive more than 5 minutes later than the scheduled tour, then you will likely forfeit and lose your booking as it interrupts the guide and other customers, if we are trying to find you after a guide has started and left the meeting point.
  • IMPORTANT NOTICE IN CASE OF UNFORESEEN PARTIAL OF FULL CLOSURES:
  • REFUNDS POLICY: we don't offer refunds but with at least 24 hours notice, we usually can reschedule to a new date
  • If you opt to book a foreign language tour, this may be possible if you give us adequate advance notice of at least 24 hours. If we cannot offer a tour in a foreign language, then you will be refunded or invited to join the tour in English with any cost difference refunded.
  • NOTICE:
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Divinity School closures for graduation dates 2021 includes following dates:
  • Jan 23, Feb 27, March 6, May 8, May 15th of 2021
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Cathy M wrote a review 16 Sep
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Very informative tour. Great for kids and all ages very enjoyable and not too much walking. A small group so it wasn’t too much and lasted a perfect amount of time.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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jacquelinef240 wrote a review 13 Sep
Yarwell, United Kingdom38 contributions8 helpful votes
Good and informative tour. Entertains and a different side of Oxford. Lovely to hear all the stories and history along with all the tales of the different buildings and people.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Ruby P wrote a review 2 Sep
United Kingdom1 contribution1 helpful vote
Fantastic tour with Hamish (the perfect tour guide) who was very informative, despite not being able to show us all the sights due to covid 19 restrictions. Hamish was very knowledgeable, lovely and very professional under the social distancing rules. We really enjoyed the tour
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Date of experience: September 2020
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Response from VisitOxfordTours, Owner at Harry Potter Insights Oxford PUBLIC Tour with entry to Divinity School film site
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Ruby, Thanks for the super review which will also be very encouraging for Hamish as you were his first ever clients guiding this particular tour. Sincerely, Alasdair
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kath7heaven wrote a review Aug 2020
Manchester, United Kingdom39 contributions13 helpful votes
Peter is a witty and engaging tour guide with lots of local knowledge and inside information about the films. As an Oxford graduate himself he was able to talk through the different colleges and stories of those who attended in the past. Lots of interesting facts about other
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from VisitOxfordTours, Owner at Harry Potter Insights Oxford PUBLIC Tour with entry to Divinity School film site
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Kath, Thanks for your super recommendation of your Making of Harry Potter in Oxford Tour with Peter. As you mentioned, unfortunately the film sites and colleges have been closed since March but the good news is that one of the film sites- arguably also the most beautiful one is re opening from tmrw Sep 1st and yes, we have been offering to take anyone in there free who has booked this tour with us since June 15th lockdown was paused. To anyone else reading this, please note that the Divinity school at the Bodleian library which is re opening is where they filmed the dance scenes & the infirmary scenes. It dates back to the 15th century and it's been in many other films too. This is where students used to take their exams spoken in Latin, so as you can see, there is always a little bit of Hogwarts in Oxford too! The Bodleian entry does however require pre purchasing entry tickets via their website in advance and we are including the £2.50 per person plus £1 booking fee for Divinity school entry tickets in our tours now. Please note that online pre paid entry tickets are subject to availability too, so to ensure you can get inside there on our tour, please do TRY TO BOOK AHEAD AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE as we need to also then pre purchase your entry tickets. Sincerely, Alasdair de Voil, Visit Oxford Tours Ltd
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Hilly C wrote a review Aug 2020
Dorchester, United Kingdom2 contributions1 helpful vote
Laura was an excellent guide- very informative and built a great rapport with us all. E will do the tour again in the future when we can go into the colleges
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from VisitOxfordTours, Owner at Harry Potter Insights Oxford PUBLIC Tour with entry to Divinity School film site
Responded 3 weeks ago
Hi Hilary, Thanks for sharing your review of your tour experience with us and yes, please do come back and tag along for a free tour or at least free entry into the Divinity school film site, whenever they finally re open to the public. It is hard to say when the colleges and film sitess will reopen again but probably early next year is my best guess. Sincerely, Alasdair
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Great Harry Potter Tour of Oxford University!
Thank you Peter for a fabulous Harry Potter Tour of Oxford University. Your enthusiasm shone through and you made u
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A Great Tour
We had a fantastic time on our tour with Laura. She was lovely to talk to and was full of knowledge about Oxford. W
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Wonderful experience
Peter was amazing. He obviously loves his job. He was knowledgeable, humorous and we loved listening to his stories
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Fantastic tour and insight into Oxford and Morse
Peter our tour guide was fantastic. His knowledge of Oxford and Morse and all the famous alumni of Oxford was incre
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Great Tour!
Whether you are a Morse groupie or just interested in getting the Oxford lay of the land, this tour is for you. Pe
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A living history lesson in Oxford
Informative, interesting and even amusing, this fact filled tour gave a comprehensive insight to both the historic
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Rory Byrne
Excellent tour and great value for money. Our guide Peter struck the right balance throughout interspersing detaile
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Tailored& friendly walking tour
Renata was amazing! She was waiting for us at the meeting point as we arrived a couple of minutes early, and prompt
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A morning in Oxford
The tour was great, Renata was our guide, she is very kind and make the visit very interesting and fun. Just take c
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best tours in oxford
Peter took us for a saunter around Oxford and despite it being a Morse tour, he covered ALL aspects of Oxford, the
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Fantastic tour!
Renata was a fantastic tour guide! Absolutely an expert on all things Oxford, she answered our many questions and w
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Louise Godwin
Laura was really great, she took the time to go round the sites and was very informative, not just about Harry Pott
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Renata was great!
We had a wonderful tour with Renata. She showed us things we never would have found on our own, as well as taught u
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Anthony C
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ideal for the generalist (2)
As someone else has written 'ideal for the generalist' - but not if looking for more detail. Whilst our guide from
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AC G
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Looks exactly like it should!
Our guide Alasdair was knowledgeable notably about both Morse and Endeavour, but also about Oxford itself. He was
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  • Duration: 90–120 minutes
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