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Experience hosted by Tom

2 hours
Includes drinks
Up to 8 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Tolkien once described the Inklings club as
“An undetermined and unelected circle of friends who gather around C S lewis, our habit was to read aloud compositions of various kinds ....and lengths !"
One cannot underestimate how the loud encouragement this circle of friends gave one another helped produce some of the most important and popular books of the 20th century.
Not only Fantasy classics such as The Chronicles Of Narnia and The Lord Of The Rings but also important religious works such as Lewis’s “Mere Christianity” a book which has sold over two hundred million copies.
At a relaxed pace, we will explore many sites and stories associated with this eclectic group, concentrating not only on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien but also some of the other Inklings such as Owen Barfield and a man who was a great influence on Lewis, Charles Williams.
Whilst taking in Oxford's stunning architecture we shall wander the grounds of a beautiful medieval College associated with the Inklings and visit The University Church of Saint Marys {Where Lewis gave talks} and The Divinity School {The oldest surviving building for University use including lectures and oral exams} - any entrance fees are included in the price
We shall also walk by many of their regular haunts such as The Eagle And Child pub & Eastgate Hotel.
I shall also regale great stories of which I have collected over many years
Other things to note
Comfortable foot wear is highly recommended, roads in Oxford are uneven in places.
Tolkien once described the Inklings club as
“An undetermined and unelected circle of friends who gather around C S lewis, our habit was to read aloud compositions of various kinds ....and lengths !"
One cannot underestimate how the loud encouragement this circle of friends gave one another helped produce some of the most important and popular books of the 20th century.
Not only Fantasy classics such as The Chronicles Of Narnia an…

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What's included

  • Drinks
    Bottled water on hot days
From $57
/ person
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Meet your host, Tom

Host on Airbnb since 2019
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Hello, my name is Tom. I am an Oxford-based author and events organizer. I am currently working on a second edition of "Sweete Wittie Soules", a book which explores Shakespeare's connections to Oxford, I am also in the final stages of writing a book on the paranormal side of Oxford and in the first phases of a project concerning Thomas Hardy's connections to Oxford.
I have lived in Oxford all my life and have been a tour guide for over a decade, in that time I have garnered a wealth of local knowledge.
I love taking visitors around this beautiful city of which I am very proud to call my home
Hello, my name is Tom. I am an Oxford-based author and events organizer. I am currently working on a second edition of "Sweete Wittie Soules", a book which explores Shakespeare's connections to Oxford, I am also in the final stages of writing a book on the paranormal side of Oxford and in the first phases of a project concerning Thomas Hardy's connections to Oxford.
I have lived in Oxford all my life and have been a tour guide for over a decade, in that time I have garnered a wealth of loc…
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Where you'll be

We shall meet at the Blue Gates of Trinity College and embark on a walk which will include many wonderful places connected to the Inklings such as The University Church of St Marys where Lewis gave talks, The famous Eagle and Child pub which they frequented, The Divinity School and a medieval Oxford College {All entry fees will be covered}
At a relaxed pace I shall tell fascinating stories of their lives which I have collected over many years

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 8 guests ages 18 and up can attend.

What to bring

Sun tan lotion or an umbrella- always a good idea to check the weather forecast

Comfortable Shoes