Itinerary for a Tolkien Tour


John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on the 3rd of January 1892 in Bloemfontein in South Africa. In 1895 his mother brought him and his brother to England for a holiday, during which his father died. He was brought up in Birmingham by his mother he finished school in 1911 and was accepted by Exeter College, Oxford. This tour guides you around Tolkiens Oxford.



The Eagle and Child

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.

Tour Facts
Tolkien and C.S.Lewis and other friends formed a group called the Inklings. They met regularly and read out passages from their current works. Their most famous meeting point was the Eagle and Child pub, known as the Bird and Baby. There is a plaque inside remembering the Inklings.

Opening Times
Opening times: Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri and Sat 11am-11.30pm, Sun 12-10.30pm. Food served:12-9pm daily

Contact Details
Tel: 01865 302925

Address
49, St. Giles, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3LU


Pembroke College

Pembroke College

Founded in 1624, Pembroke College is concentrated in its traditional site in the centre of Oxford but it has a fine new building on the Thames, as well as its own renovated graduate facilities close by the College. The main site is particularly attractive, being primarily built between the seventeenth and nineteenth centuries with Cotswold stone.

Tour Facts
In 1925 Tolkien was elected Rawlinson and Bosworth Professor of Anglo-Saxon. This post is connected with Pembroke College.

Opening Times
By appointment only. Groups (maximum 20) only; must be accompanied by an official guide.

Contact Details
Tel: 01865 276444

Address
Pembroke Square, St Aldates, OX1 1DW

Cost
None

Website
Pembroke College


Merton College

Merton College

Merton College was founded in 1264. It is one of three ancient Oxford colleges founded in the thirteenth century. The College buildings, set in extensive gardens and grounds, are of exceptional historical and aesthetic interest. The Library is probably the oldest surviving working library in the United Kingdom, and the Hall, Chapel, Lodge and Mob Quadrangle also date from the Colleges early years.

Tour Facts
From 1945 to 1959 JRR Tolkien was Professor of English Language and Literature at Merton College.

Opening Times
Mon-Fri 2pm-4pm, Sat-Sun 10am-4pm. Groups of ten or more must be accompanied by a Blue Badge Guide and be booked in advance.

Contact Details
Tel: 01865 276310

Address
Merton Street, OX1 4JD

Cost
None for college grounds. Tours of the Old Library may be available at £2 per person.

Website
Merton College


Tolkien's Home

Tolkien's Home

During his time at Pembroke, Tolkien wrote The Hobbit and the first two volumes of The Lord of the Rings, largely at 20 Northmoor Road in North Oxford, where a blue plaque was placed in 2002.

Tour Facts
In 1930 the Tolkiens moved next door to number 20 where they lived until 1947.

Address
20 Northmoor Road, Oxford


Tolkien's Cemetery

Tolkien's Cemetery

Wolvercote Cemetery is the final resting place of legendary author J.R.R. Tolkien.

Interesting Facts
Wolvercote Cemetery is in the north Oxford suburb of Wolvercote off the Banbury Road. Unusually, this single cemetery is divided into areas to accommodate graves of the Jewish and Muslim communities, as well as all categories of Christians. Many Russians, Poles and other East Europeans who did not belong to Oxford parishes, are buried here.

Tour Facts
Tolkien's wife, Edith died on 29 November 1971, at the age of eighty-two, and Tolkien had the name L?thien engraved on the stone at Wolvercote Cemetery, Oxford. When Tolkien died twenty-one months later on 2 September 1973, at the age of eighty-one, he was buried in the same grave.

Contact Details
Tel: 01865 513962 Fax: 01865 311896

Address
Banbury Road Oxford Oxfordshire OX2 8EE


Exeter College

Exeter College

Still situated in its original location on Turl Street, Exeter College was founded in 1314 by Walter de Stapeldon of Devon, Bishop of Exeter and later treasurer to Edward III, who intended it as a school to educate clergy. During its first century, it was known as Stapeldon Hall and was significantly smaller, with just twelve to fourteen students. The college grew significantly from the 15th century onward, and began offering rooms to its students. It was at this time that the Chapel ? a small-scale replica of the Sainte Chappelle in Paris ? was built. The present Hall was built in the year 1618 with the rest of the college completed by 1710.

Tour Facts
Tolkien finished school at King Edward's in Birmingham and started at Exeter College, Oxford in 1911. Unsurprisingly, Tolkein read English Language at University.

Opening Times
Daily 2pm-5pm. Maximum 20 people in a group

Contact Details
Tel: 01865 279600

Address
Turl Street, OX1 3DP

Cost
None

Website
Exeter College


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Blenheim Battle Proms Concert
(Sun 16th Jul, 2017)

Music event with military theme.


Blenheim Palace Sportive and Family Cycle Day
(Mon 14th Aug, 2017)

Enjoy this once a year exclusive family opportunity to cycle around the picturesque Parkland of Blenheim Palace.


The Blenheim Palace Festival of Transport
(Mon 28th Aug, 2017)

This year all the vehicle shows will be held across the August Bank Holiday weekend creating the ultimate 'Festival of Transport'