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Oxford: Harry Potter Tour with Divinity School Entry

1. Oxford: Harry Potter Tour with Divinity School Entry

Follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger and other characters from the Harry Potter movies. J.K. Rowling applied to study at Oxford University and so she was familiar with Oxford. Thus, when they were producing the films, Rowling walked the producers around Oxford, pointing out various sights which they could use, such as the statue that looks like 'Nearly Headless Nick', and Turf Tavern Lane, which looks like Knockturn Alley. This tour showcases where the Harry Potter movies were filmed in Oxford. It includes entry to 1 film site only via the Divinity School, where they filmed the classroom, dance, and infirmary scenes. You will be passing the city's famous sights and colleges from the outside. You will also be provided with lots of insights about the actors, the producers and about JK Rowling's inspirations. As you walk around, you will take part in a Harry Potter quiz to test your knowledge of the books and films. The guide will also describe how student life in Oxford compares with Hogwarts.

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Oxford: Official University and City Walking Tour

2. Oxford: Official University and City Walking Tour

Explore Oxford, the city of Dreaming Spires, on a walking tour with an expert guide from the city’s tourism board. Be shown the city’s most famous sights, uncover its hidden history, and enjoy all the astonishing stories about Oxford's key characters- real and fictional. Meet your guide at the grand and very old Broad Street (once the city's ditch) let them know where you come from and any special Oxford interests you may have and they will do their best to incorporate those.  Go to Martyrs' Memorial, the scene of terrible religious retributions in medieval times, and on to the oldest tower at St Michael of the Northgate built in Saxon times. Then, make your way to the very heart of the University and the inspiration behind Harry Potter's Hogwarts School. Pass by the pubs where the Inklings used to meet to discuss their writing as well as the pubs where Inspector Morse was filmed and the most popular student drinking holes in days of old. Discover the city that is home to several of Britain's most famous literary characters - both fictional and real - such as JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis, Philip Pullman, and Colin Dexter as well as some of their most famous creations like Lyra and Will, and Inspector Morse. Admire Oxford's stupendous architecture, gargoyles and grotesques, so wonderfully preserved from every historical period and style, and take a stroll through the breathtaking Radcliffe Square. Cross the whimsical Bridge of Sighs as it's fondly known, just like the ones in Venice and Cambridge. See the Bodleian Libraries from the outside in the splendid Old Schools Quadrangle. Learn about the city’s famous museums including the Museum of the History of Science, containing Einstein's blackboard, The Pitt Rivers, once home to shrunken heads, and the fabulous Ashmolean, which was one of the very first ever museums in the world. If time allows, walk as far as to the beautiful Christ Church Meadows, where punting happens and cattle graze; a truly pastoral and quintessential English scene.

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Oxford: Private City Tour & University Historical Highlights

3. Oxford: Private City Tour & University Historical Highlights

Meet your guide outside Oxford's famous Ashmolean Museum with its fine collections of art and artefacts and start your walking tour. Pass by the Martyr's Memorial, dedicated to the Oxford Martyrs, and sop in Broad Street, close to where the old city wall used to be. From here you begin to expand your knowledge about the history of the University.  Get a chance to visit a typical college of the university with its quaint quadrangles and see how the students live and work. Continue your tour and pass by the Sheldonian Theatre, the University's ceremonial hall and then head to the quaint Bridge of Sighs.  Enjoy some time for a photo in front of the bridge and before visiting the Old Schools Quadrangle of the Bodleian Library, where Harry Potter was filmed.  Stop at charming Radcliffe Square with its cobblestones and the splendid Radcliffe Camera. See several colleges in this area before the tour continues to Christ Church Meadows. Marvel at the location of Christ Church College, where Alice in Wonderland was inspired and Harry Potter was filmed.  Walk back towards the Carfax Crossroads, the very centre of the city and have a chance to window-shop as you walk through Oxford's Victorian Covered Market. Your tour finishes in the Cornmarket, giving you an opportunity to enjoy lunch in one of Oxford's pubs, cafes or restaurants or to explore the shops in the Covered Market or the modern Westgate Centre.

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Private Full Day Tour: Cotswolds Country, Oxford & Blenheim

4. Private Full Day Tour: Cotswolds Country, Oxford & Blenheim

These private tours are ideal for one or two couples who wish to explore London and its environs in the comfort of a chauffeur-driven vehicle. It may also be suitable for a family of up to 6 people who would like a private tour. Chauffeurs provide a panoramic tour with historic highlights and luxurious transport to and from the sites visited but are not accredited tour guides. The tour descriptions suggested itineraries the passengers may visit any other sites within the tour areas, time permitting. The driver will discuss any specific requests with passengers on the day. This tour will take you through some of the most beautiful patches of countryside in England. After visiting the University City of Oxford, see the village of Woodstock and Blenheim Palace (Churchill's birthplace) with its beautiful lake. The heart of the Cotswolds Country boasts a variety of picturesque villages, including Stow-on-the-Wold, Upper and Lower Slaughter, and Bourton-on-the-Water. Please note that blue badge Guides can be available for an added cost.

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London: Guided Day Trip to Brighton and Seven Sisters

5. London: Guided Day Trip to Brighton and Seven Sisters

Get a local perspective on both the top attractions and lesser-known parts of Brighton on this full-day tour from London with an exciting and flexible itinerary. After being picked up from your central London hotel in the morning, you’ll visit Brighton, Hove, and Seven Sisters, including a stopover at the cherished Brighton pier and iconic Royal Pavilion. You’ll also get the chance to explore England's newest addition to its natural attractions, South Downs National Park, stopping to enjoy a classic fish and chips lunch by the seaside along an action-packed day of sightseeing.

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From London: Cotswolds, Country Pub Lunch, & Blenheim Palace

6. From London: Cotswolds, Country Pub Lunch, & Blenheim Palace

Drive through the narrow, winding lanes of the Windrush Valley to Minster Lovell, with its ribbon of thatched cottages lining the main street. Meander on through Asthall and Swinbrook. picture-perfect houses nestle either side of the River Windrush as the bus travels up the narrow lanes to Stow-on-the-Wold. Admire the town square and the views from the hilltop, before stopping for a delicious lunch at one of the regions finest pubs, a traditional pub in Burford. Continue to neighbouring Bibury, a village referred to by authors and poets alike as "the prettiest in England." Admire the clear, trout-filled stream and village green, before traveling up the single-track country lane, through Ablington. Travel a little further along this secluded valley before heading onward to Bourton-on-the-Water, otherwise known as 'The Venice of the Cotswolds' with its stream running through the center of the village, dotted with stone bridges.  The tour then continues after lunch down to Woodstock and the magnificent Blenheim Palace - the largest privately-owned house in the country and birthplace of none other than Winston Churchill. Dating back to 1704, beautiful landscaped grounds surround the Palace. Explore the opulent interior, see the room where Sir Winston Churchill was born and marvel at the great dining hall and library. A wonderful way to end the day before the leisurely drive back to London.

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyards & HMS Victory Day Tour

7. Portsmouth Historic Dockyards & HMS Victory Day Tour

This full-day tour from the London area takes you on a scenic drive to the historic naval dockyards of Portsmouth. Not only does the harbor feature a number of museums, you’ll see the famous ships that attract visitors from around the world as well. On your tour of several historic Royal Navy ships, the highlight will undoubtedly be HMS Victory, Nelson’s flagship during the famous Battle of Trafalgar. Learn what life was like for these brave sailors, climb the decks, and see where Nelson lived and died. Another highlight is the Mary Rose, the flagship of King Henry VIII. The ship sank on its maiden voyage, just outside the harbor wall. It was raised from the seabed in the 1980s and is now housed in a brand-new museum along with thousands of artifacts. You’ll also see HMS Warrior, the most powerful ship of its time in the 19th century. If weather allows the trip also includes a harbor tour by boat, so you can see actual modern-day Royal Navy vessels in dock and many others visiting the huge natural harbor. Enjoy a complimentary packed lunch and drinks. You may also like to treat yourself to some fish and chips by the harbor!

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Oxford: Private Walking Tour with University Alumni Guide

8. Oxford: Private Walking Tour with University Alumni Guide

Whether you’re coming for a family holiday or a day trip with friends, Oxford is the perfect historic destination. If you know where to look, you’ll find Harry Potter filming locations; the alma maters of some of the world's most famous literary figures, politicians and philosophers; the pub in which the first copies of 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lion The Witch And The Wardrobe' were handed out; and much, much more. But how do you make the most out of your time in this magical city? A private tour is a great way to get an intimate and tailored insight into Oxford and the beautiful university. You can completely tailor the experience: from meeting and starting points to any particular themes you wish to be covered (please email the local supplier in advance with any requests). Speak to your guide if you would like to visit any paid sites  this can be discussed and arranged for you. Depending on what you would like to see, there may be additional entrances fees but your guides can discuss all available options for you at the start of the tour. Your guides have a great insight into Oxford and are committed to providing interesting and enjoyable tours of this beautiful city, rather than tours which put people to sleep. Most of your guides have themselves studied at The University of Oxford and can provide you with details on how the institution really works. Cover the highlights of Oxford to ensure you see the best the city has to offer. A typical itinerary includes: • Balliol College • Trinity College • Sheldonian Theatre • The Divinity School • Bridge of Sighs • The Bodleian Library • The Radcliffe Camera • The University Church of St Mary The Virgin • Christ Church College • All Souls College • Oriel College • Merton College

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Stratford, Warwick & Blenheim PrivateTour from London

9. Stratford, Warwick & Blenheim PrivateTour from London

This full-day tour offers a rich variety of options on a route that passes through the University City of Oxford to the delightful town of Woodstock and Blenheim Palace, before heading north to Stratford-Upon-Avon and Warwick Castle. Tours pick up and drop off at your central London hotel at a time convenient to you. Your chauffeur will provide a panoramic tour taking in historic highlights as you head northwest from central London to the historic city of Oxford, seat of one of the oldest universities in the world. You can pause at the delightful town of Woodstock to visit Blenheim Palace, Churchill's birthplace, with stunning Capability Brown gardens that are a delight to walk around. At Stratford you can take in a selection of sites associated with Shakespeare, from his birthplace to Anne Hathaway's Cottage. Finish the day at the magnificent medieval Warwick Castle located on the bend of the River Avon. One of the most popular castles in England, its formal, landscaped gardens are a special treat For an extra treat you can hire the services of a Blue Badge Guide who will accompany you and provide fascinating insights in to some of the United Kingdom’s most beloved destinations within a day’s access of London.

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Private Full Day Tour: Kent, Canterbury & Dover from London

10. Private Full Day Tour: Kent, Canterbury & Dover from London

This full-day tour by private chauffeur driven vehicle takes a drive through England’s garden, the bucolic county of Kent. Relax as you drive southeast from central London heading for the coast. Your first destination is the medieval walled city of Canterbury, site of Canterbury Cathedral and scene of the murder of Thomas Becket. The tour is ideal for couples that wish to explore in comfort, but can also accommodate families or groups of up to 8 people. You will be picked up at your central London hotel at a time suitable to you and whisked off to the countryside. Sit back and relax as you travel through rolling hills and lush woodland. Located about 90 minutes outside London, once at Canterbury you can explore on your own. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Cathedral or wander the narrow streets to discover the charming weaver’s houses and timbered buildings. You will then move on to Dover, situated on the coast and famous for its white chalk cliffs and medieval castle. Explore at your own pace, before the return journey to central London, a traveling time of approximately 90 minutes.

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What people are saying about South East England

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 64 reviews

Michiel was an excellent guide, and the tour was both interesting and amusing. Michiel combined just enough Harry Potter and JK Rowling knowledge, information, and trivia alongside some insightful facts about the city of Oxford, the University, architecture, and literature, all of which resulted in a fulfilling 90 min tour. Michiel also added a lot of dry whit to the experience. I would say if you are solely looking for Harry Potter movie insight then this isn’t the tour for you. But for an educational, interesting, funny and informative jaunt into the nature in which Oxford and the world of Harry Potter are intertwined then mischief managed!

Very enjoyable walking tour. A great, informative guide and a variety of subjects discussed eg: the different types of colleges. Albert Einstein, Edmond Halley, C S Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien. Harry Potter movies.

Really interesting tour. A great way to see places used in the movies, and lots of other literary places of interest around Oxford. Alistair was very knowledgeable and entertaining.

The tour guide Alistair was brilliant, really enjoyed the general Oxford highlights during the Harry Potter Tour. He was extremely knowledgeable. Highly recommend

We really enjoyed meeting Trevor and walk around the University with him. He has a wealth of knowledge and seemed happy to share with us.