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Oxford Harry Potter Insights - PUBLIC tour entry to Divinity School (90 minutes)

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Oxford Harry Potter Insights - PUBLIC tour entry to Divinity School (90 minutes)

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icon1 hour 20 minutes to 1 hour 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

  • Guided walking tour of Harry Potter filming locations in Oxford
  • Family-friendly and ideal for fans of Harry Potter
  • Learn about literary legends that attended Oxford University
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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
On any dates when Divinity school closed, we'll offer entry inside New college but at extra £5 cost
This tour does NOT include entry to Christ church- we run that as a separate tour from July 5th.
New college entry fee is not included in this tour but you can choose to pay £10 extra on day for it
Divinity school is closed from May 4 to May 7, plus May 14, May 21, June 4, June 22, July 8, July 16
Divinity school closed on July 26, July 29, July 30, Aug 5, Aug 6, Sep 10, Sep 23, Sep 24, Nov 4+5
Divinity school closed on Nov 12 & closed for Xmas from about Dec 24 to Jan 2nd
On dates when Divinity school closed, tour running instead to New college at extra £5 per person
15 Broad St , 15 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK

Meet your guide wearing red lanyard and/or Hogwarts gown OUTSIDE the currently empty shop at 15 Broad Street, OX1 3AS. This is located next to the Oxfam shop, 17 Broad street.

Bodleian Library , Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BG, UK

Tour ends nearby on same street as we start tour on.

Your tour begins outside of Oxford Visitor Information Center. Greet your guide—the one in a Harry Potter-inspired cloak—prior to your departure time. 

As you stroll towards the historic Oxford University, your guide regales you with tales of literary legends including C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, and Lewis Carroll. Discover insider gossip about the stars of Harry Potter and find out why J. K. Rowling chose to set the films in Oxford.  

Your tour concludes at your original departure point.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Bodleian Library
See inside Divinity School film site at Bodleian Library- worth £2.50 entry fee included in your ticket. NB we do NOT visit inside the medieval library as it does not anyway permit private guiding inside.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Bridge of Sighs
We also see and describe many stories about Oxford university and student life and we pass by and introduce most of the famous sights of Oxford during the tour eg Radcliffe Camera, University Church, Bridge of Sighs and multiple colleges of the university.
Pass By:  
Radcliffe Camera
We also see and describe many stories about Oxford university and student life and we pass by and introduce most of the famous sights of Oxford during the tour eg Radcliffe Camera, University Church, Bridge of Sighs and multiple colleges of the university.
Stop At:  
Sheldonian Theatre
This is one of multiple famous Oxford sights or colleges which we pass by and introduce on tours
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 15 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Please arrive 5 minutes early for your tour at our meeting point.
  • REFUNDS given with at least 24 hours notice before tour starts
  • NOTICE: Nov 12th and 13th, Divinity school is closed but you can instead visit New college film site for additional £10 charge
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Visit Oxford Tours Ltd
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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star-5
Excellent, interesting and fascinating tour around oxford
Annemieke_W
, Apr 2022
Peter thorn is an excellent guide. We were very happy to have done the tour with him. So many stores, so many small details and secrets he knew! And as a proud Oxford-grafuate he took us around many special places! We would recommend him to everyone visiting oxford!
star-5
Very nice tour focused on Oxford related Harry Potter and popculture references.
Kristf_S
, Mar 2022
Alasdair was an excellent, cheerful and friendly guide with lots to share about Oxford for Harry Potter fans but also for those interested in more general popculture Oxford trivia. I would recommend having a tour guide who can help these historic places come to life and Alasdair is an excellent choice particularly for Harry Potter fans.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
Hi Kristof, Thanks for the recommendation. Sincerely, Alasdair
star-5
I and my family are...
Timea_T
, Dec 2021
I and my family are attending this tour and it was very interesting. I can recommend for everyone. Thanks
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thanks for the recommendation
star-5
Highly recommended
Angela_D
, Oct 2021
Excellent tour of Oxford with Harry Potter slant. Peter was charismatic, informative and amusing. He involved all of the children with chocolate prizes for Potter knowledge. Great value for money - our tour actually lasted around 2 and a half hours. Thoroughly enjoyed and was the highlight of our half term Oxford break.
star-5
Oxford came alive !
Gurpreet_P
, Oct 2021
Brilliant tour. Our guide Peter had a wealth of knowledge and a great way of delivering it. Loved the tour, kept our children entertained. I doubt we would have learnt as much about the city had we toured it ourself. Would def use this company again and request Peter.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Magnificent and marvelous
Ann_L
, Sep 2021
The whole tour was so exciting from the beginning to the end. I would go one more time just to keep learning. I really enjoyed every part of it. Peter - our guide - was absolutely amazing. My best recommendations!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Real nice experience
Matthew_M
, Sep 2021
Nice experience, was educated about the history of Oxford and Harry Potter and shown some places I would’ve struggled to find by myself. Would recommend, highly knowledgeable tour guide
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Matthew, Thanks for recommending your tour with us. Sincerely, Alasdair
star-5
100 house points to our tour guide Peter, for going above and beyond to make it an unforgettable experience
Louise_B
, Sep 2021
The in depth knowledge that our guide, Peter, had of the Harry Potter story, its author and Oxford city made it very enjoyable. Our guide quizzed us along the way, making it fun for all in the group, stopping to point things out, tell funny stories and show us photos relevant to the tour
star-5
Easy day out
Sazia_I
, Sep 2021
It was great walking round with Alasdair, he is incredibly knowledgeable in all things Oxford. It was pretty fun joking around and hearing all the great facts and stories. The Harry Potter references were an additional bonus. Would recommend!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Sazia, Thanks for recommending your tour with me here and hopefully see you again next time you have visitors.
star-5
Not just for Harry Potter fans.
Oliver_T
, Sep 2021
We attended the Harry Potter tour at the weekend and my daughter loved it. Peter was extremely knowledgeable and ensured it remained fun for all. Including myself who knows nothing about Harry Potter! Would recommend to all, regardless of your potter knowledge.
star-5
Must Do Tour
Alyssa_P
, Sep 2021
I highly recommend this tour. I’m not the biggest Harry Potter fan but it was really interesting and had a great mix of fun facts on all literary luminaries at Oxford. Peter was one of my favorite tour guides of all time. His knowledge and rapport were really impressive.
star-5
Fantastic tour
Katrina_S
, Sep 2021
A fantastic tour, Peter was amazingly knowledgeable and very funny. Children and adults held enthralled. He went over and beyond to make sure everyone was happy and his enthusiasm for Oxford and HP shone through. If we ever come back to Oxford we will definitely be booking in to hi pub crawl tour!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Hi Katrina, Thanks for the super recommendation. We hope to see you again, as you suggested, for a pub tour or cycle tour etc. Sincerely, Alasdair
star-5
Interesting, entertaining and varied tour
Rob_J
, Aug 2021
We were fortunate to receive a recommendation from a past customer, and booked onto the Harry Potter walking tour last week (26th August). We were so pleased we did! Prior to the tour, the communication from the company was exemplary - clear and helpful information confirming the booking, and advising on allowing time to navigate the public transport system. Our tour guide, Peter, was fantastic. He was obviously so passionate and enthusiastic about Oxford, Harry Potter and the English language. He talked about JK Rowing, JRR Tolkien, CS Lewis, Shakespeare and more. He easily held the attention of our two children (13 and 10) as well as us adults! He went to great lengths to involve everyone on the tour, asking questions and encouraging participation. He even thought to feed the children part-way round, which was a lovely touch. Peter was considerate and hugely knowledgeable. He easily answered any ad hoc questions about Oxford and the university. He also gave recommendations of what to do and where to go once the tour had finished. Despite my wife growing up in the area (and attending secondary school in Oxford) we all learned a lot and all visited sights we’d not been to before. Upon returning to the in-laws that evening, we were able to tell them a fair few things they didn’t know either! This tour - and this company - is highly recommended. We hope we will be able to book again for a similar tour in the future.
star-5
Best tour in Oxford
Daniel_N
, Aug 2021
We had a fantastic tour yesterday with Peter! He was very knowledgeable and passionate about both Harry Potter and Oxford. We learnt a lot (despite thinking we were already massive Harry Potter fans!) Thank you for the many jokes and the delicious cake 🧁 We will definitely be returning to Oxford and look forward to another one of your delightful tours! Thank you so much, Dan and Jade
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Dan, Thank for the super review and for choosing our tour. Sincerely, Alasdair Visit Oxford Tours
star-5
Don’t miss this tour!
Paul_L
, Aug 2021
This tour is a must do!!! Peter is an exceptional guide, incredible knowledge, engaged with and involved everyone in the group and the effort he went to with costumes, cakes and welfare of the group is something he should be proud of. Be back soon with extended family!
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
star-3
Disappointing overall
Michael_P
, Aug 2021
Very little relating to Harry Potter other than quiz questions and some background on JK Rowling. Visited one filing location and the guide didn’t tell us that it was a Harry Potter location until after we had exited! Peter was a nice guy but talked incessantly, to the point that a 90 minute tour ended up lasting three hours, causing us to miss our next planned activity that afternoon.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi. Firstly, thanks for taking the time to leave critical feedback and of course for choosing our tour. I have now spoken with your guide Peter about your feedback and while we can't tell for sure from your username, which client you are, we believe you are the same customer who mentioned taking a river cruise after our tour which was set to leave at 3.15? My colleague Peter mentions that if that's the case, you had mentioned this fact and that you were under the impression that the river trip departure point is only 5 minutes walk away. Peter mentions that he corrected this statement by explaining that that is more like 20 minutes walk away. I understand that you may have other plans scheduled after any tour which you book with us and thus we should indeed ensure that tours duration is mentioned. I had thought that I had listed the tour as lasting from 90-120 minutes but I will double check the description now. Our tour currently always ends with entry to the Divinity school film site and I book entry tickets there in advance to enter at 2pm. Where and when 2pm entry tickets are sold out, then I purchase them for 2.15pm entry. The Divinity school currently limits entry time to visit the Divinity school to 15 minutes inside. Thus, this tour always should up to 2 hours ending by 14.30. I know that that Peter likes to go the extra mile and he often invites his customers at the end of the tour to use his Blackwells books shop members card to give you his card discount to let you save money if you wish to shop for books at Blackwells. This is not something which the rest of us guides do and Peter does not earn any credit on this, nor do I. He offers this as he just wants to be helpful and to encourage children to develop their literary interests. If Peter does offer to spend extra time with you in this way, after you have exited the Divinity school film site, then you can of course anyway just say goodbye at that point. We do introduce before you enter the Divinity school that the tour ends at this point as we currently are not allowed to guide inside the Divinity school due to covid rules. Peter has confirmed to me that he always explains what you will see inside the Divinity school before you enter and indeed that's why we carry around A4 laminated images to show you, before we enter. Peter also often shows short video of film excerpts filmed there too. I was not on your tour so I cannot confirm what was said but perhaps you were distracted, when he informed everyone of what was coming up next. You also mentioned that you were disappointed that the tour only visits inside the one film site called the Divinity school. However, our advertising makes it very clear that - since March 2020 covid relates venue closure of New college- the Divinity school is the only venue which the tour includes entry to. For anyone else reading this, there is one other film site open called Christ church but it costs £16 per person and we receive £17.50 per adult ticket from your £25 entry ticket sold here on viator. Plus we cannot guide inside Christ church during covid rules era and Christ church entry tickets tend to sell out days in advance before many clients have even booked our main Harry Potter tour. On this basis, I appreciate your feedback and if you have made any appropriate and correct comments, I have asked Peter to make sure he plans his time and he communicates what you will see inside Divinity school. However, I also think you should read the tour description more carefully as it has been reviewed very carefully to make sure it's clear what is and what is not included in our competitively priced and very popular Harry Potter Insights tour. PS for anyone else reading this tour review and comment, please note that we do offer a more expensively priced tour option apart from this tour which does also include currently only self guided entry to Divinity school in addition to the default tour to the Divinity school. Thanks for choosing our tour. Sincerely, Alasdair
star-5
Excellent Family Experience
Neil_C
, Aug 2021
Peter was so knowledgeable and committed to delivering the best possible experience. Witty, fascinating and comprehensive. I’d definitely recommend
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Neil, Thanks for your great review.
star-5
Well worth the money
Valerie_H
, Aug 2021
Peter, our guide, was exceptional. He was very knowledgeable- not only about Harry Potter, but Oxford as well. He is very likeable and held an interactive tour, which made it interesting as well as informative. I would definitely go on another of his tours.
star-5
Very good
Jenni_H
, Aug 2021
I went on this tour with my family and we all really enjoyed it. Our guide, Peter was really knowledgeable and engaging. It was a great introduction to Oxford with some really interesting information about authors such as Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, and of course J.K Rowling and the Harry Potter books. People of all ages could enjoy this tour and I highly recommend it if you’re visiting Oxford.
star-5
Fantastic way to see the sights
Naomi_B
, Jul 2021
I doubt you will find a more knowledgeable guide than Peter! His enthusiasm for Harry Potter and his love of Oxford make for a perfect combination. The tour was both fun and educational - perfect for all ages.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2021
Hi Naomi, Thanks for recommending your Oxford tour.

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