Discover Oxford’s silver screen locations

Photo from David Smith.

Oxford is one of Britain’s busiest and most instantly recognisable movie locations. With its incredible history, sense of grandeur and skyline that inspires dreams, the city has long been a favourite destination for TV and film makers. From the magic of Harry Potter, to the mystery of Lewis – there are plenty of silver screen locations to discover when you visit.

Take a look at a few of our favourites

Harry Potter

The Harry Potter franchise took the world by storm and many of the most iconic scenes were filmed in the heart of Oxford. The world-famous Bodleian Library was used in various films, doubling as the school library (home to the infamous restricted section, where Harry searches for references of Nicolas Flamel), and the hospital wing in The Philosopher’s Stone. It was also used as the space where Professor McGonagall attempts to teach the Gryffindors how to dance, so they won’t behave like a “babbling bumbling band of baboons”!

Other locations around the city were also showcased, including Christchurch College, which featured in the earlier films and New College, which was used as a setting in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Harry Potter

The Harry Potter franchise took the world by storm and many of the most iconic scenes were filmed in the heart of Oxford. The world-famous Bodleian Library was used in various films, doubling as the school library (home to the infamous restricted section, where Harry searches for references of Nicolas Flamel), and the hospital wing in The Philosopher’s Stone. It was also used as the space where Professor McGonagall attempts to teach the Gryffindors how to dance, so they won’t behave like a “babbling bumbling band of baboons”!

Other locations around the city were also showcased, including Christchurch College, which featured in the earlier films and New College, which was used as a setting in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

Murder Mysteries

Oxford is known as the fictional murder capital of the world, where homicide, corruption and vice run rife – with widely popular murder mystery series of Inspector Morse, Lewis and Midsommer Murders all featuring the city’s iconic architecture, riverside pubs and stately homes. The university’s botanic garden, the Randolph Hotel, The White Horse pub and Broad Street are just a few of the most popular locations. Why not take the short trip to The Trout Inn at Wolvercote, where Inspector Morse could often be found with a pint glass in his hand?

The Golden Compass

Oxford is well known as the inspiration for Philip Pullman’s ‘Dark Materials’ trilogy, so it’s not surprising that many of the scenes from The Golden Compass (starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig), were filmed in the city. Radcliffe Square stars as Lyra’s magnificent playground, the unmistakable Christchurch College becomes the Cardinals, and it is here, that Mrs Coulter flies to London in the Zeppelin airship.

The Golden Compass

Oxford is well known as the inspiration for Philip Pullman’s ‘Dark Materials’ trilogy, so it’s not surprising that many of the scenes from The Golden Compass (starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig), were filmed in the city. Radcliffe Square stars as Lyra’s magnificent playground, the unmistakable Christchurch College becomes the Cardinals, and it is here, that Mrs Coulter flies to London in the Zeppelin airship.

Transformers

Earlier in 2016, the city played host to famous names including Sir Anthony Hopkins, Mark Wahlberg and Laura Haddock as filming for the latest instalment in the Transformers franchise took place. Radcliffe Square and Broad Street were both used in the film, which is set for release in summer 2017.

Oxfordshire

If you’ve got some extra time in the area, we recommend exploring one of the most famous film locations in Downton Abbey, the charming Cotswold village of Bampton (Downton Village). Meant to be set in Yorkshire, this tiny hamlet is just 20 miles west of Oxford. Wander through the cobbled lanes, past ‘Crawley House’ and Downton Cottage Hospital, or pop into the post office and St. Mary’s Church - where Edith is jilted at the altar by local landowner Anthony Strallan.

Oxfordshire

If you’ve got some extra time in the area, we recommend exploring one of the most famous film locations in Downton Abbey, the charming Cotswold village of Bampton (Downton Village). Meant to be set in Yorkshire, this tiny hamlet is just 20 miles west of Oxford. Wander through the cobbled lanes, past ‘Crawley House’ and Downton Cottage Hospital, or pop into the post office and St. Mary’s Church - where Edith is jilted at the altar by local landowner Anthony Strallan.

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