Harry Potter Filming Locations Tour In Oxford

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Overview

How does studying at Oxford University compare with studying at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry? Find out on this 1.5-2 hour walking tour of Harry Potter film sites in Oxford. A fun tour for Muggles of all ages, the guide will cater the tour according to everyone's interests so it is also a tour that is fun for adults who happen to be interested in learning about Oxford University heritage.

Highlights

  • Explore the local streets on a walking tour of the city
  • Ideal choice for families
  • Popular choice with kids
  • Tour is wheelchair accessible
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • All entrance fees included

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Find your guide dressed in Hogwarts cloak outside Oxford Visitor Information Centre. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to departure time. Unless you have packed broomsticks, the tour will be conducted on foot and you will see or visit inside various Oxford locations including two of the three Harry Potter film sites.

Find out on this tour about the main Harry Potter actors and the producers and J.K Rowling's decisions how to bring the much loved stories onto the screen. You will learn about how various incidents shaped the success of the stories and films but will also be introduced to other legendary literary characters and writers who are associated with Oxford, such as Lewis Carroll, J.R.R Tolkien and CS Lewis.

You may be also shown additional colleges but the Harry Potter film sites which are New College and the Divinity School, also the older part of the university's Bodleian Library. These venues normally charge an entry fee but these are included in your tour price.

NB Notice about closures affecting the tour on the following dates:

New college is closed every day from Dec 23rd 2017 until Jan 4th 2018. On all these dates, the tour will instead visit Christchurch film site but there is no tour on Dec 25th.

Divinity school film site closures are not definite yet but expected to be closed every day from Dec 24th 2017 until Jan 1st 2018. Tours on these dates, we will instead substitute entrance to a university college which is not a Harry Potter film site. This will usually be Exeter college- where JK Rowling is an honorary fellow & where JRR Tolkien studied. Exeter is also where Inspector Morse show is often filmed.

2018 Divinity school closures will likely take place on these dates:

Jan 20th 2018
March 3rd 2018
March 10th 2018
May 5th 2018
May 12th 2018

Inclusions for Harry Potter Filming Locations Tour In Oxford

  • Entrance to 2 of the 3 film sites is possible on most days of the year-namely New college and the Divinity School (which is part of the Bodleian Library). We do not visit inside the medieval Bodleian library upstairs as it is not permitted for any guides to take you inside the library itself.
  • Please check 'Exclusions' or 'Additional Info' for any dates, when only 1 film site open!
  • Please also note that on Oxford university graduation dates, if the Divinity school is closed, you will be offered entrance into a substitute college which is not a Harry Potter film site. If you book on such a date, we will make this know to you.
  • If New college is closed, you will instead go into Christchurch
  • Where possible, you will also visit inside Exeter college, where JRR Tolkien studied & where they often filmed Inspector Morse TV series.
  • 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.

  • NB Notice about closures affecting the tour on the following dates:

    New college is closed every day from Dec 23rd 2017 until Jan 4th 2018. On all these dates, the tour will instead visit Christchurch film site but there is no tour on Dec 25th. Divinity school film site closures are not definite yet but expected to be closed every day from Dec 24th 2017 until Jan 1st 2018.

Exclusions for Harry Potter Filming Locations Tour In Oxford

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Christchurch college entrance is not usually included on our Harry Potter tour (due to queues and the fact that contrary to common belief, it is NOT the Hogwarts dining hall film site anyway). Instead we usually visit New College (1379) and The Divinity School(1400s) at the Bodleian library, but if one of those above venues were closed, we would instead take you to Christchurch and include its entrance fees in your tour ticket booking.
  • Please note the tour does not visit inside the medieval library upstairs.

  • PLEASE NOTE FOLLOWING DATES WITH KNOWN CLOSURES:
     
    Sat 9th Dec 2017- NB New college closed so tour instead will visit Christchurch
    Mon Dec 25th 2017- no tours operating!
    From Dec 22 2017 until January 3rd 2018, New college closed, so tours instead will visit Christchurch. On most but not all of these dates, the Divinity school will also be closed from Dec 24th 2017 until Jan 1st 2018

    2018 Closures of Divinity School only:

    Dec 23rd 2017 until Jan 1st 2018, closed every day!
    Jan 20th 2018
    March 3rd 2018
    March 10th 2018
    May 5th 2018
    May 12th 2018

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking


Special Offer till Dec 21 2017: Book this tour on Mon, Wed, Fri or Sun to get £5 off usual rate!

XMAS CLOSURES: Please note that from Dec 23rd-Jan 1st, due to Xmas venue closures, we can only visit one film site.

2:30pm is the normal start time but NB please see early start times in the <Voucher Details> section of this website page for special early start times on dates, when there are film site closures or early closures. On such dates, we may start earlier.

Christchurch college entrance is not usually included on this Harry Potter tour (due to queues and the fact that contrary to common belief, it is not the Hogwarts dining hall film site). Instead you usually visit New College (1379) and The Divinity School (1400s) at the Bodleian library, but if one of those above venues were closed, you would instead go to Christchurch and include its entrance fees in your tour ticket booking

If the local operator is aware of advance closures and therefore cannot provide access to the film site locations on a specific date, you will either be offered the tour at a revised start time or adjacent date or refunded in full or upon your agreement, you may be booked onto a different tour that is available

On any day that the Divinity School film site is closed all day, if you book this tour on any of these dates, we apologize in advance but the tour will run at 2:30pm but only visit inside New college film site and no other film sites. Local supplier will try to find alternative colleges for you to visit too. At the current time, there are no known closures of the Divinity school.

On any date that New college is closed, we will replace with entrance to Christchurch:

 
PLEASE NOTE FOLLOWING DATES WITH KNOWN CLOSURES:
 
Sat 9th Dec 2017- NB New college closed so tour instead will visit Christchurch
Mon Dec 25th 2017- no tours operating!
From Dec 22 2017 until January 3rd 2018, New college closed, so tours instead will visit Christchurch.
Please note that from Dec 23rd-Jan 1st, Divinity school is also closed every day!


2018 Closures of Divinity School only:

Jan 20th 2018
March 3rd 2018
March 10th 2018
May 5th 2018
May 12th 2018

Special Notice: While very rare, the film sites are private university and college venues, on very rare occasions they may suddenly close to the public without any advance notice!

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.
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  • I can't thank Peter the tour guide enough for such a wonderful walking tour of Oxford. It was both entertaining and informative and a great way to spend an afternoon wandering the streets and learning the history and folklore of Oxford. His knowledge of all things Harry Potter was second to none and it was fantastic to see the various novel and movie references and he also included much commentary on Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and so much more which took the tour to another level. All in all I would highly highly recommend this tour!!

  • Excellent scholarly guide - who made it not just about Harry Potter but also about Oxford's history - highly recommend

  • This was very interesting and so much fun. Our tour guide had actually been an extra in at least one of the films. He also had met and spoken to one of the main actors later on in Oxford, as her mother lives here and she visits often. He was very accommodating in helping the younger ones get their pictures taken. They also had costumes to wear on the tour if we wanted. Very fun to see the places and hear the true history of the Oxford where the movie took place.

  • Peter was fantastic...I had him all to myself....!!!

  • The tour felt rushed and we were expecting more Harry Potter references.

  • What a great tour -- fascinating to see these historic and beautiful building within the context of Harry Potter folklore. Peter the tour guide was terrific and explained the history and meaning of the major buildings. Terrific way to see this special town!

  • This was a great afternoon, for both Harry Potter fans and those who were interested in the more historical nature of the colleges and the wider University. I had brought a 14.5 year old family friend from the Czech Republic, and she enjoyed the tour as much as I did. Peter our guide, was knowledgeable, informative and entertaining in equal measure. Thanks for a really enjoyable afternoon.

  • Our guide Peter was amazing. He is very knowledgeable not just about Harry Potter lore but about Oxford and the university as well. He entertained us with stories and spent more time with us than he needed to. My daughter 18 and I are both Harry Potter fans so were very interested in the Harry Potter references and locations. But we were also interested in what Peter had to say about the university and its buildings, etc. He made the tour interesting and entertaining.
    Alasdair was great in getting the tour organized. He was in constant communication with us about the dates and times, before we arrived, and was also there to greet us when we arrived. I can't say enough about this tour company. They are very professional and knowledgeable and we definitely got value for the money. 'Would recommend them to anyone interested in visiting Oxford.

  • I was totally dissatisfied with the local guide, her lack of knowledge, her lack of preparation and her lack of respect to the tourists she gives guides to.
    1. Lack of command in English language: The local guide was a foreign student. The foreign students may provide a cheap labor source, however, they are inadequate as tour guides because they are not capable in providing in-depth knowledge and explanation necessary as the natives and the locals.. I know this very well because I was once a foreign student myself.
    2. Lack of knowledge of the matter: I seriously doubt that this guide has read HP books or saw HP movies. If she did, she certainly did not retain the information. A tour guide is expected to have in-depth knowledge of the subject, certainly more than the tourists. Her knowledge was extremely limited that I felt that she was just regurgitating a few lines she memorized. In regards to the mirror, she did not know what Erised was. She claimed 15 scenes of Hogwarts dining room were shot in New College dining room, however, she could not identify a single scene of HP movie. She went around a huge green area and when we arrived at the exit she said that the green area we just walked was where the quidditch scenes were shot. This one statement was the only explanation she could provide in regards to the quidditch field. So, I asked her to describe which scene sets were placed where on the green field so I can picture them. She dodged my question and said things look different in reality than in the film, and she avoided answering my question. She went right past the New College quad where Harry was ridiculed. These are only a few examples demonstrating her lack of knowledge of the matter.
    3. Lack of preparation: A certain college to be closed suddenly without notice is expected especially during the graduation period. In our case Divinity School, the highlight of the tour, happened to be closed. Since these unexpected happenings are rather common around this time of the year, which she was aware, she had enough time to prepare photos of scenes from HP movies in the locations in case she cannot have an access so that she can at least show us what we could have seen if it was open. She had none. She could have walked to the Divinity School and showed us the Hogwarts hospital wing from outside, but she did not even bother doing so. We left the tour half way and went to Divinity School ourselves and took pictures from outside because this building has a characteristic windows which are visible from outside as well. She was refused by the guard from entering Bodleian Library to show us the restricted section. Therefore, this tour became simply a walk around town. She then said that she would lead us to the oldest building in town no relation to HP and to Christ Church to see it from outside. I wondered the purpose of walking all the way to Christ Church without getting inside. Since I knew that this tour will not go into Christ Church, I arranged to take another tour which was titled, Oxford Walking Tour including Christ Church College, conducted by another local tour operator. The tour guide of this tour, Bella, although the title of the tour did not mention HP, carried her photo info book with her and was able to pinpoint each location of HP film and match it with photographs of HP movie in her book. She was a native British and a knowledgeable local. She was a striking contrast to the guide of HP Filming Locations Tour.
    4. Lack of respect to the tourists. When we were in the New College dining room, the guide said that it was where Hogwarts dining room scenes were filmed. I said it did not look like Hogwarts dining room because New College dining room had 2 entrances rather than one, did not have the huge window above professor's table, and simply looked different. She said it is in deed Hogwarts dining room look at the ceiling, the windows and the balcony! I then immediately realized that she was just coming up with the statements in defense without substantiating facts. The truth is that Hogwarts dining room definitely has the ceiling of Christ Church dining room not the one of New College, the windows of New College dining room are too low compared to Hogwarts, and lastly Hogwarts dining room does not have a balcony. It seemed as though she thinks that she can say anything to the tourists because they are not going to know. I was totally disappointed and left the tour half way through.

  • Our guide was friendly and accommodating, especially towards the children.

    It would be a nice touch to provide small prizes sweets, sticker, etc to the children when they are able to answer the Harry Potter trivia along the way.

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