The best way to explore Oxford is on foot with your friendly and expert guide, who will share stories about this beautiful city and its famous university.
- Adult Ages 18+
- Senior Ages 65+
- Student Must present valid ID
- Youth Ages 6-17
- Child Ages 0-5
Discover the Secrets of Philip Pullman’s Books
Rediscover the world of His Dark Materials and explore the setting of the new The Book of Dust series with a walk around Philip Pullman’s Oxford, led by a professional guide.
This 2-hour tour, endorsed by the author himself, provides a fascinating insight into the stories and places that inspired his world-renowned books.
This tour will show you from the outside many of the key locations from Lyra’s Oxford and La Belle Sauvage, including the Bodley’s Library, The Covered Market, Jordan College and the Pitt Rivers Museum. It will provide a fascinating insight into the stories and places that inspired the world-renowned books.
Further details on the key locations visited on Philip Pullman’s Oxford Tour:
- An Oxford College (from the outside) similar to Jordan College: Where Lyra grows up (climbing out of window in Northern Lights).
- Pitt Rivers Museum: Lyra and Will find skulls here with holes in them in The Subtle Knife.
Lyra’s stomping ground, and that of new character Malcolm, reaches beyond central Oxford. If you’d like to extend the experience, other places which could be visited (depending on government guidelines) after your tour could include:
- Botanic Gardens Bench: In The Amber Spyglass, Lyra and Will promise to sit on this bench at the back of the Botanic Gardens for an hour at noon on Midsummer’s Day every year so that they may feel each other’s presence next to one another in their own worlds. See the actual bench!
- Jericho: Where Gyptians board boats in Northern Lights. It is also where the main character lives in La Belle Sauvage and where some of the action takes place.
- The Trout Inn, Wolvercote: This real pub is where Malcolm lives with his parents, the landlords, in La Belle Sauvage.
- Port Meadow: In Northern Lights, this is the site of the Horse Fair where the disappearance of a young boy ‘from a gyptian family she knew’ helps to trigger Lyra’s adventures. It’s referenced in the other His Dark Materials books and in La Belle Sauvage.
Group sizes are limited to 20 people for your safety, in accordance with the latest Government guidelines.
All Oxford Official Walking Tours meet at the Cool Britannia gift shop entrance on the corner of Turl Street and Broad Street (Broad Street Numbers 23-25, OX1 3AS).
Book this as a Private Tour
For details on how to book this as a private tailor-made tour on this or a combination of themes, for yourself or family and friends: