The Bridge of Sighs, Oxford

Explore magical film locations

Download a free film trail below

Family walking down an alleyway in Oxford

Walk in the footsteps of movie stars

Oxford City and the county have featured in many celebrated films and TV series over the years and have welcomed famous actors and directors such as John Thaw, Hugh Laurie, Tom Hanks, Florence Pugh, Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Tim Burton and many more.

While you are here, why not download our free self-guided tours and follow in the footsteps of Harry Potter, Inspector Morse, Lyra Silvertongue and others, exploring some truly magical local settings. If you are a real fan try to spot the Oxford locations in ITV’s Endeavour photoblog.

His Dark Materials Trail

Oxford is well known for the settings for Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ Trilogy. Jump into a magical parallel universe!

His Dark Materials City Trail mini image

Harry Potter Trail

Walking around historic Oxford you almost feel Harry, Hermione and Ron right behind you.

Harry Potter trail

Inspector Morse City Trail

Oxford was home to Morse author Colin Dexter and the backdrop to his popular murder mystery novels.

Inspector Morse City Trail mini image

Inspector Morse County Trail

Enjoy a taste of Oxfordshire as you wind your way around county locations in pursuit of mystery, Morse and murder!

Inspector Morse County Trail

The Golden Compass City Trail

Oxford is well known as the inspiration for
Philip Pullman’s ‘Dark Materials’ Trilogy,
so it is not surprising that when they came to film the
Golden Compass the city became one of their busiest locations.

The Golden Compass City Trail