Many places are repeated on this list because Oxford is a small place with a lot of literary history.
J.R.R. Tolkien – The man behind the great Middle-Earth tales, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I’ve admired Tolkien’s imagination for years now.
- Exeter College- Tolkien was an undergrad at this college from 1911-15, he studied the Classics until he changed to English Language and Literature in 1913.
College- Tolkien was the Professor of English Language and
Literature here from 1945-59.
- The Eagle and Child Pub- Tolkien and his fellow Inklings met here almost every Tuesday while at Oxford for lunch.
- Botanical Garden- Tolkien would rest under his favorite tree here, the Austrian Pine, which could partly be an inspiration for the Ents.
- Wolvercote Cemetery- Tolkien and his wife, Edith are buried here.
Road- there is a plaque at 20-22 commemorating Tolkien’s former
Lewis Carroll- the celebrated mathematician and beloved author of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland spent most his life in Oxford and met the little girl who inspired his most famous story.
- Christ Church- Carroll lived, studied, and taught here most of his life.
- Alice’s Shop- a souvenir shop across from Christ Church.
- Botanical Garden- Carroll once showed Alice Liddell and her sisters the Ginko tree here and its waterlily house can be seen in the background of Tenniel’s illustration of “The Queen’s Croquet-Ground.”
Harry Potter Films- Several scenes were filmed in the beautiful Oxford and there is no way I am going to miss them.
- New College- the cloisters of this college and its magnificent tree can be seen in the scene where Moody turns Malfoy into a ferret.
- Christ Church- Hogwarts’ Great Hall in the films is based on their Hall.
- Bodleian Library- Duke Humfrey’s Library was used as Hogwarts Library (restricted section, too!) and the Divinity School is the Hospital Wing.
C.S. Lewis- author of the Chronicles of Narnia, an amazing allegorical fantasy story of Christianity.
- Magdalen College- especially Addison’s Walk in the grounds where Lewis, Tolkien and fellow Inkling Dyson had a lengthy conversation that extended back to Lewis’ rooms in Magdalen very early in the morning, which helped lead Lewis into converting to Christianity.
- The White Horse Pub next to Blackwell’s Bookshop/ King’s Arms Pub opposite the Bodleian- Lewis and the Inklings sometimes went to these places instead of the Eagle and Child when there was a beer shortage during the War.
Kenneth Grahame- author of the classic children’s story featuring Mr. Toad, The Wind in the Willows.
- St Cross Church Cemetery- the author is buried here.
Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes series by Laurie King- a story that quickly became close to my heart Mary Russell, wife of the great detective, is always keeping him on his toes.
- Bodleian Library- Mary spent many days and nights cooped up here studying theology.
His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman- the fabulous fantasy that captures the imagination and sings Oxford’s praises like no other.
- Botanical Gardens- a bench in the garden serves as a meeting place for both Lyra and Will in their respective worlds.