Itinerary for an CS Lewis Tour
CS Lewis, the author famous for his Chronicles of Narnia series was a close friend of J. R. R. Tolkien, the author of The Lord of the Rings. Both authors were leading figures in the English faculty at Oxford University and in the informal Oxford literary group known as the Inklings. Lewiss works have been translated into more than 30 languages and sell more than a million copies a year. The books that comprise The Chronicles of Narnia have sold more than 100 million copies. Many stage and screen adaptations of his works have also been produced, the most notable of which is the 2005 Disney film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. This tour takes you to some of the places frequented by CS Lewis during his time in Oxford
Magdalen College is one of the more beautiful University colleges, boasting a stunning deer park and extensive grounds. The college was founded in 1458, and is currently one of the wealthiest of the Oxford colleges, boasting a financial endowment of about £ 115 million. Standing next to the river Cherwell and containing a deer park, the college is one of the most visited. The large, square Magdalen Tower is a famous Oxford Landmark from the top of which the college choir traditionally sings early on May Morning. While the choir sing, students will often be seen launching themselves off the Magdalen Bridge into the river Cherwell in drunken celebration of May Day.
Bertie Wooster, the hilarious fictional character created by P. G. Wodehouse, was educated at Magdalen College, although P. G. Wodehouse himself was never university educated.
Lewis was elected a Fellow in 1925
Open 1 Oct to 21 Jun: 1pm to 6pm or dusk (whichever is the earlier). Then open from 25 June to 30 Sept: 12 noon to 6pm.
Tel: 01865 276000
High Street, Oxford, OX1 4AU
Adults £3; seniors, children, students £2 (includes leaflet, available in English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Dutch, Italian or Russian). Entry is free to Oxford residents.
The Eagle and Child
This long, narrow pub is where Tolkien, C.S Lewis and other Inklings used to drink for 30 years or so. Sunday lunches are excellent.
This famous watering hole was regularly used by Lewis and his circle of intellectual and literary friends known as 'The Inklings'.
Opening times: Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri and Sat 11am-11.30pm, Sun 12-10.30pm. Food served:12-9pm daily
Tel: 01865 302925
49, St. Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3LU