Immerse yourself in the historic ambiance and enchanting architecture of Oxford University – alma mater of over 20 British Prime Ministers – in the company of Oxford’s highest-rated tour guides. Then, visit the idyllic English country landscape of the Cotswolds, with its picturesque villages and charming thatched houses. Finally, we visit Bicester Village, the world-famous luxury shopping centre, with over 130 fashion and lifestyle boutiques.
Meet us at King’s Cross Station for a truly magical behind-the-scenes tour of the Harry Potter universe. We start with a lengthy trip to the central Warner Brothers studio in Watford, where you can see the sets and props that brought J.K. Rowling’s beloved series to life across the seven film adaptations. We then leave London to visit Oxford, home of the oldest university in the English-speaking world, to see how its delightful Medieval buildings conjured up the Hogwarts atmosphere and became iconic to Harry Potter fans everywhere. We at Footprints are Oxford specialists, so you’ll be sure of getting the very best, behind-the-scenes insight into these legendary premises.
Our tour starts with a visit to Windsor Castle, the world’s largest and oldest working castle and still an Official Royal Residence. With its luxurious staterooms, grand Medieval architecture and ongoing role in royal life, Windsor is as fine a historic site as England has to offer! We then move on to Stonehenge, where you’ll get breathtaking views of this huge Neolithic monument, hear the varied and esoteric theories that surrounds its origin, and make use of the multi-million-pound Visitor Experience Centre. Finally, we head to Oxford, where our specialist guides will visit one of the University’s oldest Colleges and enter the world-famous Bodleian Library. While you explore this imposing landscape, we’ll tell you all about the famous graduates, such as C.S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien and Oscar Wilde, who have drawn inspiration from this dramatic environment.
A centre of power in middle England for 1,000 years, Warwick Castle takes its visitors back in time to Medieval England with its Grand Halls and regal landscaped gardens. After showing you the castle and its varied medley of all-ages attractions, we’ll then escort you to Stratford-upon-Avon, birthplace of William Shakespeare, and uncover the hidden meanings behind his plays and sonnets. A soothing interlude is provided by a quick journey through the scenic thatched villages of the Cotswolds, before we finally arrive at Oxford University for a complete tour with our engaging and informative guides. Visitors will enter one of the University’s oldest colleges and a film site used in the Harry Potter films, rounding off a perfect day out for all the family.