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Inspector Morse Filming Locations Walking Tour in Oxford

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Oxfordshire, United Kingdom

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icon1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 10 minutes  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

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Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Guides required to regularly wash hands
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Overview

Visit filming locations from the British television series 'Inspector Morse,' as well as spin-offs 'Lewis' and 'Endeavour,' on this Oxford walking tour. With a guide, learn about the making of the detective show and visit Oxford University colleges to gain insight into what it might be like to be a student here. End with an invitation to solve a murder mystery at one of Morse's favorite pubs. Entrance fees to university locations are included; drinks are not.
  • 'Inspector Morse' film sites walking tour in Oxford
  • Follow in the footsteps of one of Britain's most popular fictional detectives
  • Visit colleges of Oxford and learn about the university's history
  • Enjoy a small-group experience on this tour, limited to 14 travelers
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Entry inside the Divinity school worth £2.50 person- subject to entry tickets not being sold out
Colleges may re open to public in 2021- if & when they do so, we will again include college entry
COVID19 NOTICE: we cannot guarantee entry inside any colleges or venues
Please note that few colleges are open over Xmas period from approx. Dec 22nd to Jan 1st
Many of the colleges will also be closed during graduation dates below:
NB any graduation dates, we check ahead which venues are open as on such dates, many venues close.
2021 university open days or graduation dates (when colleges are closed) include the following:

Departure Point

Oxford Visitor Information Centre, 15-16 Broad St, Oxford OX1 3AS, UK

Departure Time

12:30 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Your walking tour starts by meeting your guide in central Oxford. Then set off on your exploration of 'Inspector Morse' filming locations. 

As you walk, listen to your guide's commentary about the character of Morse, the 'Lewis' and 'Endeavour' spin-offs, and the sometimes-tricky relationship between the city of Oxford and Oxford University. Locations seen vary from tour to tour, as the colleges of Oxford are private institutions and not always open. But typically, the tour takes you inside Exeter College and one other college, or inside the Divinity School at the Bodleian Library, one of the university's most impressive architectural sights.

At the end of the tour, you are welcome to join your guide at a historical local pub commonly seen on the Morse shows (drinks at your own expense).
Itinerary
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Radcliffe Camera
We pass by such famous sights as this
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Bridge of Sighs
We pass by such famous sights as this
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The Turf
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site
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Bodleian Library
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site. No guides can ever enter the medieval library but where & when possible, from Sep 1st onwards, we will include entry inside the Divinity school at the Bodleian. This is only possible with advance entry ticket worth £2.50 per person which we will include in your tour (subject to tickets not being sold out)
Duration: 20 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
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Hertford College
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site
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Brasenose College
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site
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All Souls College
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site
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Oxford Covered Market
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site
Duration: 5 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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The Bear Tavern
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site
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University Church of St. Mary the Virgin
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site
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Corpus Christi College
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site
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Wadham College
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Exeter College
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
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Lincoln College
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site
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Balliol College
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site
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Trinity College
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site
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St John's College
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
The Spa at The Randolph Hotel
We pass by such famous sights as this well known Morse film site and we usually enter the hotel to see the pictures of all the famous actors from Morse on the wall.
Duration: 10 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 day of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • COVID19 NOTICE: Group size will be kept to max 10 persons but under review to maybe only 5 persons.
  • Please arrive 5 minutes early for your tour at our meeting point. If you arrive more than 5 minutes later than the scheduled tour, then you will likely forfeit and lose your booking as it interrupts the guide and other customers, if we are trying to find you after a guide has started and left the meeting point.
  • INFO FOR DRIVERS AND PARKING:
  • If you are driving, then please allow extra 30-60 minutes over whatever time you think it will take you to get here. Oxford is NOT car friendly and it is congested roads and hard to find parking spaces....unless you park at the sign posted 'park and rides' on edge of town on any major road into the city and hop on their buses into city centre. The park and ride buses leave every 15 or every 30 minutes and take anything from 10 min to 30 min (depending on traffic) to reach city centre. So if you are going to drive, then please assume you should be aiming to park your car about one hour before your tour starts.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT:
  • We actually recommend instead using the much faster and reliable train services but again please aim to arrive about an hour or earlier before your tour starts as trains can be delayed and the train and coach station are about 15 minutes walk from our meeting point. There is also the coach service from London called the Oxford Tube which leaves every half hour or more but it can take much longer than its advertised 105 minute journey time. It drops you off either at High street Oxford or Gloucester Green coach station. It's quicker to ask to get off on High street near Carfax tower, then it's a 10 minutes walk to Broad street.
  • Our marginally higher ticket price reflects the special quality of typically having smaller groups than our competitors- average numbers is 2-4 persons only.
  • Infants 5 and under can go on this tour free of charge but this tour is NOT aimed at children
  • During Xmas holiday period or on dates of university graduation dates, we may propose changing slightly the tour start time to 1pm or to 11am, if we think it will make it easier to get into colleges, during restricted opening times. We will advise at time of booking and seek your approval to make any changes to the start time.
  • Please note that as the university colleges are private institutions, we can't always guarantee entry to colleges but it is very rare that we cannot get entry into at least 1 or 2 colleges on the tour. Please take note of any advertised university graduation dates mentioned below, as those dates can have less options of colleges to visit.
  • GRADUATION DATES + XMAS + UNIVERSITY OPEN DAYS:
  • We cannot guarantee entry into colleges on graduation dates or during Xmas vacation period, so please consult 'Exclusions' section for details of any such dates.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Visit Oxford Tours Ltd

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Inspector Morse Filming Locations Walking Tour in Oxford ?
A:
The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Inspector Morse Filming Locations Walking Tour in Oxford .
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Inspector Morse Filming Locations Walking Tour in Oxford ?
A:
The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
See all safety measures taken by Inspector Morse Filming Locations Walking Tour in Oxford .
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Inspector Morse Filming Locations Walking Tour in Oxford ?
A:
The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Inspector Morse Filming Locations Walking Tour in Oxford .
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Inspector Morse Filming Locations Walking Tour in Oxford ?
A:
The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
See all safety measures taken by Inspector Morse Filming Locations Walking Tour in Oxford .
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Inspector Morse Filming Locations Walking Tour in Oxford ?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Inspector Morse Filming Locations Walking Tour in Oxford .

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  • "Ask for Tom if you can, give my love to Oxford, and bring an Umbrella!" See review

Reviews

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Good Trip
Paul_A
, Aug 2020
Very good guide and trip. The Colleges were all inaccessible due to the lockdown unfortunately or would have been 5 stars. No fault of the tour guide obviously, but we were not made aware of this.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2020
Hi Paul, Thanks for your review. By the way, as mentioned, whenever things do return to normal and when you are back down this way, I will happily invite you to tag onto another tour running to go into some colleges then. For anyone else who is reading this review, please be aware that our advert does mention colleges are currently closed. That said, there is one college called Magdalen has very recently re opened but only will permit entry if groups are very small. Magdalen charges £6 entry and as that's over 1/3 of the fee which we receive from viator, we are not including entry to Magdalen on this tour. That said, we can include Magdalen on the tour if we have max 5 persons only (which is usually the case right now) and if everyone agrees to pay the entry fee to Magdalen, we could take this tour inside there. However, you can also equally walk down and visit Magdalen without a guide. Its current opening hours are 10am to 5pm and no need to book online to visit it.
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Mixed experience
pianosexclusive
, Jan 2020
Firstly the tour guide was late and had no identification despite what the website had said. Instead of greeting us the first thing he did was to demand to see our tickets. When I produced this he turned his back on me and began speaking to someone else and never saw my ticket. The tour itself was good and informative, he had much interesting knowledge about the history of Oxford. We had booked a tour of Inspector Morse filming sites. He spent more time talking about Harry Potter, we did not book a tour about a children’s film. This was bizarre. When we got to the part to visit the Randolph hotel he spent much time describing what poor condition the hotel was in despite the fact that he knew that 2 of our party were staying there. He even said to them that they should not pay more than £150 a night for this place, to which they replied that they had paid considerably more. Overall we enjoyed the tour but it was missold due to so much Harry Potter which we have no interest in whatsoever and would not have booked this. He also kept telling me which buildings to look at and actually told me off at one point for looking at another. He also asked me several times to try and knock down a lampost to show how strong it was. I have severe arthritis.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hi Robert, I am sorry to hear that you felt your tour did not live up to your expectations. You mentioned that your guide Peter was late. I happened to also there to start another tour at same time and I met you and your guide at 12.32 for my 12.30 university tour. I apologise that I was a few minutes late. Peter had already arrived several minutes before me, so he was engaging your tour plus my three clients until I was ready to start. I am not sure why your guide Peter would have mentioned Harry Potter more than just briefly on a Morse Tour- perhaps there were also other clients also on your tour whom he perceived to have such an interest? Admittedly Peter has quite an exuberant personality & he maybe didn't tune in well enough to you. That said, usually Peter only gets 5 star ratings for his tours. I think you are only the third person ever to leave him a mixed or poor review (after several hundred super reviews for his Morse & other tours). By the way, on your tour, we also had Glynn, 2 persons who just left a super 5 star review of this exact same Morse tour which you joined on Jan 25th. You can see that review posted just after your review here on tripadvisor. The title of that review posted on Jan 27th is by username of . We also had a very last minute booking request- which is why it took a few minutes for Peter to get started on the tour as these last minute clients decided to switch suddenly from my university tour to your Morse tour with Peter. Indeed, these clients who also were on your tour left this super review as follows on Google maps: So out of the three groups of two persons each on the tour which you joined, both the other coupes have published super 5 star reviews. Anyway, I apologize that you didn't find the tour was what you were hoping for and I will raise your comments with Peter now. Peter did also mention that your wife had commented to him during the tour that you were finding the walking tiring and so wanted to break off earlier. Peter tells me that he had offered to have everyone pause at that point to rest for 5 minutes. There is a lot of walking on a two hour tour. We do sometimes have people ahead of booking with us, forewarn us that there is someone with eg athritis and so please can we accomodate. It's a pity you didn't make just such a request to us either when booking the tour or during the tour. Sincerely, Alasdair
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Fabulous day out
julsbratch
, Jan 2020
Peter was extremely knowledgable on this tour and not just on Morse but the history of Oxford . A very enjoyable tour and I would highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Hi Julie, Thanks for leaving such a great recommendation.
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From the get go, my Trip to the UK...
Genie B
, Jan 2018
From the get go, my Trip to the UK was always going to be special! It was to celebrate a Milestone Birthday, and being a huge Endeavor Fan, Oxford was on my Bucket List. Happy Birthday indeed! Straight away, I knew that my experience with Visit Oxford Tours, was going to be exceptional! Alasdair e-mailed me in advance with detailed information about our Tour, where to meet our Guide, and if I had any other interests other than Endeavour/Inspector Morse. I mentioned to him that it would be wonderful if some Harry Potter bits were thrown into the mix, and he indeed let our Tour Guide know that! We met our Tour Guide Tom, in front of the Oxford Visitor Centre which was easy enough to find and in a central location. After Introductions, and sharing with us a bit about the Tour, he pulled out laminated print outs on Endeavour boxes all ticked! and when it started raining, he graciously lent my Cousin his umbrella for the duration of our tour. It was then I knew we had an exceptional guide. Saying Tom is an exceptional guide, is an understatement. On a rather weather filled day, we hardly noticed it, as he skillfully and full of thought, brought the magic that is Oxford to life. Focusing mostly on Inspector Morse, which is the name of the Tour, he did have just as much knowledge on Endeavour. He took us to particular filming sites of the show, which made the fan in me very happy see attached pics ! We went toExeter college, The Covered Market, and The Bear. We went to the corner at Christchurch, Oriel, and Corpus Christi, that goes into the cobble-stoned region where there is a lot of Morse filming. We went to Merton College, then onto the 1950's building that doubles as the Wessex Bank in Morse. We went up Magpie Lane, the University Church, Radcliffe Square, where I stood in total awe of the Radcliffe Camera, and then onto the Divinity School, where the Harry Potter Fan in me was satiated. Then to the Bridge of Sighs and New College Lane where I took one of my fave pics of my whole trip, which also, according to Tom, is the haunted part of town and where several bits of Endeavour are filmed! Then we went to the Turf Pub, glanced at the Natural History Museum, and onto Keble College, setting for the snow covered episode of Home in Endeavour incidentally my most Fave episode. Towards the end of the tour, we headed to The Lamb and Flag, the Canterbury Quad of St Johns, and most appropriately, the Randolph Hotel any true Inspector Morse Fan knows what Im talking about! Although I am primarily an Endeavour Fan going into the Tour, Tom inspired me to revisit the original Inspector Morse Series, which I might add, is the mark of a good Tour Guide! And as we meandered our way to our various destinations, he would deftly extol upon us many Literary References which made me want to be more well read, Architectural Details, and overall general historical facts of the City of Dreaming Spires . I always knew I would love Oxford, but it was his Tour, along with the Pub Tour also from Visit Oxford Tours straight after, that helped me solidify a deep love for the city. Well done Tom, and many thanks for bringing it all to life for us! If you want a uniquely personal tour experience it was just me my Cousin for the whole of the Tour, I highly recommend it! Ask for Tom if you can, give my love to Oxford, and bring an Umbrella!
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What a fantastic tour. Our guide...
Nicola W
, Nov 2017
What a fantastic tour. Our guide Peter was both highly knowledgeable and entertaining in equal measures. He showed us lots of places not usually on a standard tour route, and then brought everything to life. He was able to share story after story, about Morse, Harry Potter and the life of this university city. Certainly left us feeling that we will need to visit the city again one day. Thank you Peter, for keeping us entertained and extending the tour long past the two hour time slot!
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We were the only two on the...
Michelle D
, Sep 2017
We were the only two on the Inspector Morse tour, so we had lots of time for questions. Our guide was quite knowledgeable, and we learned lots about Oxford in general, as well as the filming locations of Morse, Lewis and Endeavour. Michelle
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If you wanted a tour of Morse's...
Corvette
, Sep 2017
If you wanted a tour of Morse's Oxford, this was not it. It was more a tour of the Oxford Colleges with Morse thrown in. It only lasted 1 hour and 45. We had wanted this tour to be all about Morse. We had done a tour of Rebus's Edinburgh which showed us places from the books, the police station, and his local.
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It was just ok in terms of the Morse...
John E
, Aug 2017
It was just ok in terms of the Morse bits....The other side is that we got a lot of town knowledge from Peter in regard to Oxford and the University.
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Tour was advertised to be no more...
Elizabeth C
, Aug 2017
Tour was advertised to be no more than 4 people and we were 7. We didn't stop inside any of the pubs and really did not have access to many of the colleges and then just got inside past the porters. Supposed to meet at pub at end and solve a murder- guide did not offer to do this.
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This is one of two tours we took in...
Craig D
, Aug 2017
This is one of two tours we took in Oxford. Our guide Alisdair took just the two of us...very import point, they tours are limited to no more than half a dozen people at max all around Oxford. While I was a bigger fan of the series than my wife, you don't have to know anything about the show to enjoy the great sights, sounds and history of the town. We saw so many other tour groups with 20 or 30 people all going along trying to hear what a guide said or ask a question. This company and their tours are like have a friend in town who shows you everything you could ever want to see and learn. We enjoyed it soo much we did a pub tour that evening with another of their people, Peter, that was the highlight of our vacation. Visit Oxford Tours is the best and we look forward to coming back to see more of this great town with Peter, Alisdair, and Guy.
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