From London: Oxford by Rail & Harry Potter Highlights Tour

South East England, England
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About this experience

The City of Dreaming Spires’ is home to the prestigious University of Oxford - the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and a must see city for Harry Potter fans.

Travel from London to Oxford by train in just under 90 minutes.

For all fans of Harry Potter, this is the perfect Oxford walking tour, with a specially trained guide.

Visit New College, its Cloisters and central courtyard were used as the backdrop for Hogwarts. New College is featured many times during Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Another famous filming location you will be able to see is the great oak tree that sits in the middle of the New College cloister courtyard. You will also visit the its Dining Hall, the oldest in Oxford.

See other key locations from the outside that inspired the Harry Potter Stories:

See Christ Church and the Divinity School (part of the world famous Bodleian Library) from the outside.

Christ Church Dining Hall, looks magnificent from the outside – you can see why it was the inspiration for Hogwarts Great Hall! Your Guide will show you pictures of the famous staircase and cloisters used in the filming of Harry Potter, explaining how CGI was used to ‘magically’ alter some of these locations in various scenes.

The Divinity School was a location in several of the Harry Potter films (do you remember the Dance School and the Infirmary?) It is the oldest teaching hall of the whole of the University of Oxford, dating back to 1427. You can enter The Old Schools Quadrangle it sits within, which houses the different schools including the ‘Schola Metaphysicae’. All are part of the world-famous Bodleian Libraries.

Venture through the ancient back streets to see the Great Hall (from the outside) at Christ Church, the inspiration for the Hogwarts Great Hall and Turl Street with its cobblestones which resembles Diagon Alley.

On conclusion of your tour your Guide will be able to advise you which magical sites you can go and see after your tour, to make the very most of the rest of your Harry Potter visit to Oxford!

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    • St Pancras railway station

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