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Harry Potter Tour of Oxford
Harry Potter filming location at Oxford University

Harry Potter Tour of Oxford

Explore the Great Hall of Hogwarts with the Harry Potter Tour of Oxford. Walk through the centuries-old buildings that brought the Wizarding World to life.

This walking tour of Oxford allows you to get up-close-and-personal with the city that played a huge role in the creation of the Harry Potter series.

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Led by a local guide, you will see the halls, staircases, libraries, and courtyards that helped to inspire the architecture of Hogwarts. Your guide will provide you with everything you need to know about the legacy of these sites. They’ll also keep you on your toes with some fun Harry Potter trivia questions throughout!

Some of the famous Harry Potter locations throughout Oxford include:

Christ Church College – This college boasts two important connections to Harry Potter. The most important is the Tudor Great Dining Hall, which was famously inspired the Great Hall in Hogwarts. On top of that, the staircase leading up to this was used in a number of scenes throughout the series. The most memorable of which being the first time Harry meets Professor McGonagall.

New College Cloisters and Courtyard – These feature in a number of the courtyard scenes throughout the series. Most notably, this is the location where Mad-Eye Moody turns Draco Malfoy into a ferret. The old oak tree that Malfoy sits under still stands in the courtyard.

Bodleian Library’s Divinity School – With its vaulted gothic ceiling and tall, slender windows, this location is instantly recognisable to any Harry Potter fan. It doubled up as the Hogwarts Infirmary.

Duke Humfrey’s Library – The production team used this 15th century reading room to recreate the restricted section of Hogwarts Library.

But Harry Potter isn’t the only literary character connected with Oxford.

Your guide will also teach you about Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, and The Chronicles of Narnia. All of which were written in this on historic city.

The Harry Potter Tour of Oxford is a must-do for any Harry Potter fan. And it’s suitable for witches, wizards, and even muggles of all ages! Tours fill up quickly, so you must book in advance!

Booking price includes entry to the New College and Divinity School. Bookings are required in advance, in order to take this tour.

All tours are public, and run on Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 2pm. The meeting point is at 5 Broad Street.

Please Note: The colleges can close their doors to the public with minimal notice. If this happens, alternatives are available, as well as an optional refund.

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    5 Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3AJ

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    Saturdays at 11:00hrs & 14:00hrs
    Sundays at 11:00hrs & 14:00hrs

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2. The Divinity School / Hogwarts Hospital

Go inside the medieval Hogwarts Hospital with its images of beasts and biblical scenes. This ornate building is not only a perfect room for a hospital and separate dance scene while filming Harry Potter in Oxford – it would also serve as the first purpose lecture rooms at Oxford University.

3. New College

One of the most influential and architecturally stunning Colleges at Oxford. With its grand medieval buildings and darkened cloisters, it’s easy to imagine Harry and the gang walking around here. Another iconic part of the College clearly recognisable from the film are the grand cloisters, providing an imposing start to your exploration of New College.

Not only do we include those magical wonders of Harry Potter in Oxford, but we also hear about the other fabulous children’s books written in Oxford, including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the Hobbit, Lord of the Rings and the Chronicles of Narnia, and the scholars who wrote them. For those looking beyond Harry Potter, New College has also produced numerous famous graduates, along with other notable academics – such Oxford University focused information will be provided throughout the tour, though the extent of it will be tailored to each groups requirements.

4. Oxford University

The links with Oxford University and Harry Potter run deeper than the buildings used in the films. For instance we have a college Quiditch league, an almost similar sorting process for colleges (minus the talking hat) and many other elements. This tour provides a visitor with the opportunity to visit the major film sites for Harry Potter in Oxford, the history of Oxford University, but also hear about the similar traditions and student antics, all from a student who has attended the University.

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