Famous Filming Locations In Oxfordshire

From television to film, Oxfordshire has remained a popular choice for location scouts thanks to the stunning landscapes, old streets and impressive architecture.

In turn, this has made the area a popular spot for tourists who wish to see where their favourite series or TV moments took place. So if you’re a fan and looking for places to stay in Oxford, look no further.


Harry Potter

Oxford is synonymous with Hogwarts and wizardry. Harry Potter was largely filmed in Oxford and as such, fans of the boy wizard flock to see where their favourite character’s story was realised on screen. Head to the The Tudor dining hall at Christ Church and you will be stood in the space that influenced Hogwart’s Great Hall; in the same location you will find a staircase that was used in several of the films.

The cloisters at New College were featured in the Goblet of Fire, (where Mad-Eye Moody punishes Malfoy) and the Bodleian Library‘s Divinity School is also recognisable as Hogwarts infirmary. The Pitt Rivers Museum is said to be the inspiration for Diagon Alley, although that was filmed elsewhere in London. Hogwarts library can be found in the Bodleian, thought there are many more locations like that of Blenheim Palace waiting to be discovered if you take one of the popular tours.


Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour

Crime and mystery are prominent amongst the fictional streets of Oxford. A key location for the filming of Inspector Morse, Lewis and Endeavour, there are many tours that will show you filming locations for both interior and exterior sets. Try to find the Turf Tavern, a dedicated pub with imagery of John Thaw near the Bridge of Sighs or if you prefer, grab a drink in the Morse Bar at the Macdonald Randolph Hotel (you will be able to see signed images of actors and celebrities inside one of the hotel’s corridors). Other locations include The Buttery, Radcliffe Square, The White Horse and Exeter College, where Morse met his end.


The Golden Compass

Based on the fantasy series His Dark Materials by former Oxford student Phillip Pullman, The Golden Compass showcases the allure of Oxford in an alternative universe. Locations used in the film include Exeter College, Queens College and Christ Church Meadow.


X-Men First Class

Fans of the comics and film adaptations will know that Professor Charles Xavier is highly intellectual, and in fact he graduates from the University of Oxford at the start of the film. Filming locations around Oxford included the Bridge of Sighs and the Sheldonian Theatre, although one of the pubs he visits, The Eagle, does not really exist. This pub was created using New College Lane for exterior shots.


Downton Abbey

A worldwide phenomenon, TV drama Downton Abbey shot many scenes in and around Oxford. Fans will know that the village of Bampton doubled for the fictional Downton, with Lord Grantham’s real-world location being somewhere between Ripon and Thirsk. Other locations include the old Bampton rectory, Bampton Community Archive’s old Grammar School building, St Mary’s Church, Church View and Swinbrook. Cogges was also used and is a heritage site in its own right. The farm was chosen to become Yew Tree Farm. There are many dedicated tours that you can go on.


Midsomer Murders

Southern Oxfordshire has been featured in Midsomer Murders throughout more than 100 episodes. Locations include Grey’s Court (an impressive National Trust property), Mapledurham, Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway.


Brideshead Revisited

The 2008 film adaptation shows main character Charles Ryder at Oxford University, as he navigates Evelyn Waugh’s story of romance and adventure. Locations include Radcliffe Camera, Magdalen College and Lincoln College.


Another location worth mentioning is Blenheim Palace. This grand estate has also been used in many movies including The BFG and Transformers, Spectre, Cinderella, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, The Young Victoria, Entrapment and Gulliver’s Travels. You can find out more here. If you are ready for lights, camera, Oxford, then why not join us? We are one of the most conveniently located Oxfordshire hotels. Find out more about the tours here or download a trail here.


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